Cyclone Idai was declared a natural disaster after the cyclone claimed a number of lives in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe (Chimanimani and Chipinge Districts).
In an interview with the Standard, TelOne Corporate Communications Head Mrs Melody Harry said TelOne is saddened by the destruction of Manicaland and has come up with a number of initiatives to assist towards the Cyclone Idai disaster.
“We have made a donation of $100 000 in form of medicines, food stuffs and blankets. Our donations have been split into two phases, we are almost done with phase one where we have delivered 500 packs of food stuffs, 500 blankets to Manicaland as well as clothing items donated by our TelOne staff countrywide. In our phase two, we aim to re-build Manicaland by donating building materials, we have also partnered with a number of organisations who are assisting in the call for individuals and corporates to donate building materials,” She said.
Harry said most importantly TelOne has opened its telephone lines for free at the company’s Chimanimani, Chipangayi, Chipinge, Birchenough and Checheche exchanges where local communities are free to contact their relatives.
“Our telephone lines are open for free for the people of Manicaland to contact their relatives. Doctors on the ground are also using the same lines and email facility to reach the wider communities regarding the status of disaster,” she said. “We are also offering toll free lines when calling from a landline and these are ; 08003000 – For individuals in distress and 08002000 - For donations and any volunteers”
TelOne has Opened all 152 exchanges and TelOne shops countrywide to receive donations from well-wishers. These donations are being transported to Harare for sorting before dispatching to Manicaland.
Furthermore, TelOne’s technical staff in Manicaland is part of the Province’s Disaster Recovery team.