Zimbabwe and Botswana
A pioneer party, led by Major and Mrs Pascoe, set out from Kimberley, South Africa, on 5 May 1891 in a wagon drawn by 18 oxen, arriving in Fort Salisbury on 18 November. The then Rhodesia became a separate territory on 1 May 1931. Work spread to Botswana where The Salvation Army was officially recognised in 1997 and on 1 April 2017 the territory was renamed to the Zimbabwe and Botswana Territory.
The territorial Women’s Ministries team launched the Village Saving and Lending Associations initiative which is helping women to improve their livelihoods. ‘Training of trainers’ workshops were provided to officers and local officers.
The territory continued its work in the provision of clean water and sanitation. Through assistance and funding from Switzerland, Austria and Hungary, the territory celebrated a milestone achievement by handing over a WASH (water, sanitation, and health) project to the Nyanga community. The territorial leaders of the donor territory, Commissioners Massimo and Jane Paone, dedicated the Nyanga Water Project, which provides 300 households with safe drinking water and nutrition gardens, in July 2019.
The 19 cadets of the Messengers of Compassion Session were commissioned in August, including Cadets Adriamananony and Annick Rashoby who pioneered the work in Madagascar. They became the first Malagasy (an ethnic group native to Madagascar) Salvation Army officers. The new lieutenants were also conferred with a Diploma in Religious Studies from the University of Zimbabwe. The 34 cadets of the Messengers of grace Session were welcomed to the training college.
Around 6,000 women from 10 countries across southern Africa, as well as delegates from Kenya East Territory, attended the SARPCO (Southern African Region Project Capacity-building) Home League Rally conducted by Commissioner Rosalie Peddle (WPWM) and Commissioner Bronwyn Buckingham (WSWM at the Glamis Arena in Harare. The First Lady of Zimbabwe, Auxillia Mnangagwa, visited and expressed her appreciation for the Army’s work.
The international leader’s visit in March 2020 brought a sense of joy and mission. The General encouraged everyone to play their part in the mission to the win the world for Christ. The General and Commissioner Peddle also became the first international leaders to visit Botswana. They met with government officials, ecumenical leaders, and local Salvationists. The visit concluded with a holiness meeting attended by soldiers and friends from both Zimbabwe and Botswana.
The territory has experienced growth resulting in the creation of Goromonzi Division and Mhondoro District.
With support from IHQ, the territory played its part in alleviating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic by distributing food to 300 elderly and vulnerable people and working alongside the international community to raise awareness of safe practices.
Commissioner Wayne Bungay - Territorial Commander (1 September 2020)
Commissioner Deborah Bungay - Territorial President for Women's Ministries
Lieut-Colonel Peter Kwenda - Chief Secretary (1 April 2021)
Lieut-Colonel Wendy Muzorori - Territorial Secretary for Women's Ministries
45 Josiah Chinamano Avenue
PO Box 14
Officers - 693 (active - 573 retired - 120)
Envoys - 14 Cadets - 21 Employees - 1,275
Corps - 447 Outposts - 566
Senior Soldiers - 135,405 Adherents - 5,823 Junior Soldiers - 18,490
tel: +(263) 242 250 107
Countries included in the territory: Botswana, Madagascar, Zimbabwe
Languages in which the gospel is preached: Chitonga, English, Ndebele, Shona, Tswana