BIGBOY Murenga, Zimbabwe’s brand ambassador for the World Organisation of the Scout Movement, has set up a youth skills centre aimed at reducing crime rate and curb the prevalence of HIV among youths in Zvishavane and surrounding areas.
By Simon Phiri
The Zvishavane Youth Centre offers unemployed youths free technical training in areas such as information technology and fine art to enable them to sustain themselves financially.
Murenga told NewsDay in an interview on Saturday that the primary objective of the project was to economically capacitate the youths and keep them away from engaging in criminal activities.
“Zvishavane town is facing a number of challenges. The town is currently the leading district in HIV and Aids prevalence rates. Prostitution has become the second favoured activity after soccer,” Murenga said.
The country’s HIV prevalence rate is currently at 15% and more than 1,4 million people in the country are living with HIV.
Earlier this year, National Aids Council Midlands revealed that an estimated 70 280 pregnant women were living with HIV countrywide and that 63 853 HIV-infected people die annually, while the country has about 889 339 Aids orphans.
The country’s border posts and gold mining towns have often been cited as HIV hotspots due to high mobility of sexually active persons.