|Civil servants food benefit scheme reaches Manicaland|
|Friday, 21 September 2012 12:48|
TEACHERS at Murambinda Growth Point and surrounding areas were left with smiles after receiving food hampers as part of the recently launched civil servants food benefit scheme.
Teachers' Union of Zimbabwe recently entered into a partnership with a local company to source and distribute groceries to teachers countrywide as part of the civil servants food benefit scheme.
West Group Distribution Network is supplying and distributing the food hampers in a move aimed at cushioning the teachers against the ever increasing prices of foodstuffs. Some of the teachers in other districts have started receiving the hampers that include rice, maize-meal, cooking oil, sugar and soap sold at low prices.
Under the scheme, teachers take groceries worth $50 and above and the money will be deducted over three months to one year depending on the total cost of the groceries.
Launching the scheme in Buhera last Thursday, TUZ president, Mr Lovemore Mufamba, urged teachers to be innovative and come up with strategies that complement their salaries.
"Government has failed to pay us adequately and it means we have to work out various means to survive. It now needs innovative men and women to survive under this inconsiderate Government of national unity," he said.
He said the scheme was vital for rural teachers who were not benefiting from incentives.
"Unlike in urban areas, rural teachers have got nothing to get from parents because most of them are poor. The beneficiaries will no longer travel long distances to urban centres in search of basic food commodities," he said.
One of the beneficiaries, Mr Oswald Mutero, said the scheme would boost his income. "I now know that money intended for groceries will go towards other needs. It was difficult for me to shop for food products amounting to $50 because of my low salary. I have received groceries worth $90, which was impossible using cash," he said.