Sakubva Beit Hall gets facelift

MUTARE - Dilapidated, dirty, covered with vulgar graffiti and layers of posters, Beit Hall had become associated with everything that was wrong with Sakubva.

But thanks to the Beit Trust, the hall recently underwent a major facelift which was coordinated by Rebuild Sakubva headed by Lucia Nkomo.

The Beit Trust built Sakubva Beit Hall in the 1960s but had interestingly lost record of the building and was only reminded of it when concerned residents approached it for help in giving the dilapidated venue a facelift.

“They (Sakubva residents) had to send an emissary (to the Beit Trust) to be really sure that it was part of the infrastructure that the trust had facilitated to construct,” Nkomo told the Daily News.

Nkomo, whose organisation was started in 2011 and has over 2 000 members who are former and current Sakubva residents.

The residents wanted to help council develop and rehabilitate infrastructure and played a key role in the facelift of the iconic hall.

“We have invested upwards of $90 000 in rehabilitating the 3 000-seater Sakubva Beit Hall and hope to hand it back to council soon,” Nkomo said.

While conceding that more still needed to be done to complete the rehabilitation of the hall, Nkomo revealed that they have so far transformed the entertainment hub into a state-of-the-art cinema.

Nkomo said her organisation was using an “asset-based community development strategy which looks at taking care of existing assets and infrastructure in the community.”

Beyond infrastructural development, Rebuild Sakubva also helps acquire books and computers to be used at various facilities in Mutare’s oldest suburb.

They have to date distributed over $50 000 worth of books mostly to schools in the high density suburb.

Comments (2)

Well done guys and many thanks to the Beit Trust. The Beit Hall is indeed an iconic part of Sakubva. We the 'Born in location' feel greatly inspired and uplifted by this community spirit. I was introduced to the world of movies (bioscope) at Beit Hall in the 1960s. Thanks everybody for setting a good example for us all.

godfrey - 17 November 2016

Your work won't go unnoticed.I grew up in Sakubva and that's my suburb.Beit Hall is the host and heart of Sakubva.

nyongolo - 17 November 2016

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