Join Ivo Driefontein Mission – A Tribute In Memorium

Prof.S. Modesto TichapondwaI ambition to allotment memories and advice about the founding All-embracing mission, which is the address of the Gweru Diocese. This is none added than Driefontein Mission, which has been the antecedent of several all-embracing mission stations.Let me alpha from outside, afore traveling abysmal central in adjustment to allegorize the point aloft in the endure book above. From Driefontein was built-in the afterward mission stations: Holy Cross, Chaka, St. Joseph’s Hama, Serima, Mapiravana, and Chinyuni Missions (all in Chirumhanzu). Govo Mission, which relocated from abreast Mvuma in 1970 to Silobela, as humans migrated from Hunyani Reserve, is one of them. We again accept Loreto alfresco Gweru, and Regina Mundi in the City. Chikwingwizha, the Minor Seminary, is the aftereffect of the ever-expanding All-embracing missionary work. It is at the turnoff amid Gweru and Shurugwi, anon afterwards Guinea Fowl. Lest we forget, the Mambo Press (a All-embracing institution), which is acclaimed for publishing books and added Literary works, is at the affection of Gweru City.The Bishop’s House is in Gweru at 77 Kopje Road, accepting relocated from Regina Mundi, and the bounds at the closing are now acclimated for abilities training by candidates who wish to become missionaries as Brothers. Now aback to Driefontein, which is anchored off the capital alley amid Harare and Masvingo, some fifteen kilometres at the turnoff from Fairfield (towards the Eastern direction). It is aswell frequently accepted as Guta, and until afresh has been amidst by bartering farms endemic by whites. Today, it is appear that all those farms accept now been indigenized. Accept you anytime wondered how Driefontein came to be alleged Guta?In his book Dzinza Ravagovera vaChirumhanzu naMutasa, Rev. Fr. I. Zvarevashe traces how Goveranyika who died in Mutasa in 1795 was the aboriginal arch of vaGovera (name acquired from Goveranyika). His brother, Mhepo again led the accumulation of vaGovera, casual via present day Chivhu breadth he fabricated a admirable dress (hanzu) for one of the chiefs, appropriately the name Chirimuhanzu. Mhepo acclimatized abreast abreast Zoma Mine, in the breadth alleged Guzuve, and died in 1820. Originally, this accumulation was of totem Tembo (Duve), but as they were active abroad from some continued ancestors feud, they again alleged themselves Shumba-Tembo yokwa Chirimuhanzu.After the afterlife of his father, Nherera went to body his new city-limits alleged Guta raNherera, breadth present day Driefontein stands. Some of his lieutenants went to achieve in altered locations aloft Nyautonge, Mavhaire and Ngezi rivers. Ruminu and Muteyo are some of the forests breadth humans acclimatized which extend to Chamakanda (Shwawumakanda), Chimwavaenzi, and Shayamavhudzi (Mvuma) breadth abounding bold and bake-apple abounded. Chamakanda, just to the West of Fairfield Railway Station, can still be apparent today. It is a pit/cavity of 10 metres diameter, breadth hunters acclimated to accomplish fire, and dry meat afore traveling aback home with their spoil. Tastier meat was that one broiled with its skin, appropriately the name Shwawumakanda (improperly accepted as Chamakanda today) The grandson of Chigara has a acreage about the pit, which he has kept sacred. If I visit, we buzz blooming mealies over an accessible fire, not meat any added as the crop of hunters is now in the dustbin of history. This is a abode account visiting.

The added families confused added West to Chaka abreast Shashe River. The ancestors of Madhibha lives abreast the River, abutting to Gonawapotera basin breadth thieves and witches were drowned. Just beyond the river is Chivavarira hill, acclaimed for its acceptation during raids by the Ndebeles. Tandi and Jaravaza acclimatized abreast Makosho, and added South added families settled. As you about-face at Chaka into the rural area, you will apprehend names like Chitunya, Hutire, Guramatunhu, Shinyira, Chigara, Matura, Munanzvi, Chipengo, Bangure, Mundure, Kamanda, Takawira, Chiweshe, Machekano, Masendeke, Chituto, Burutsa, Zvarevashe, Mucheka, Mawire, Chipope, Zinyoro, Chakabveyo, and abounding others. The adjustment is interspersed with hills like Chivavarira, Banya and Dungugwi. Govo and Huchu relocated during colonial times, and are begin in Silobela and Gokwe North today. At Guta raNherera the ancestors that has remained abutting to the aboriginal city-limits is: Mhere. Added families such as Maotsa, Manjengwa and Bhidhi acclimatized in Serima, which is allotment of Gutu. The Serima Abbey is account visiting for its aesthetic images developed over the years by Fr. Groebber, and was acclaimed for its abbey music agreement by the brand of Stephen Ponde, a lay teacher.One of the attentive sons in the liberation attempt was Leopold Takawira, and hails from Chirumhanzu. Accepted as the Lion of Chilimanzi he died at the easily of the colonial adept in 1970, and was active at Holy Cross Mission beside Maoregwe Hill. Afterwards independence, his charcoal were reburied at the Heroes Acre, and in his honour, Chirumhanzu became accepted as Takawira District, and the top academy in Mvuma is called afterwards him. As Dr. Godfrey Mahachi has accurately observed, the Chimney of Mvuma is absolutely a spectacle, and the company who comes to Gweru will be adored for his accomplishment to canyon by this old mining boondocks to see the Chimney and the absorbing abundance dumps. All these are affiliated to Driefontein in added means than one, for it is in this accomplishments that the missionaries and the Chirumhanzu association dramatized their actuality as they contributed appear what Gweru is today.The adventure is long, but the point getting fabricated is that if you apprehend anyone cogent you who the architect of Driefontein Mission is, you will accept some idea. But to accomplish the adventure even fuller, let us now attending at history that takes us to the present day.The name Driefontein is Afrikaans for Three Fountains. Just as you move from Hunguru Base appear Muwonde Hospital, there were three fountains, and if the aboriginal missionaries acclimatized in the basin abreast the beck in 1898, continued afterwards Nherera and his association had settled, they called the mission Driefontein. Today the charcoal of the aboriginal mission adjustment can still be seen. The aboriginal missionaries were of the Jesuits Order, but afterwards Bethlehem Fathers, basic from Switzerland and nuns from Germany took over. Some of the avant-garde Catholics were Chigwedere, Modesto (Tichapondwa), Minya, Mhere, Kumbirai, Egidio, Bhasopo Moyo, Musemburi, Chipere, Reu, Chimbindi, Muteyiwa, Placido, Sixto, Madzivazvido, Sebastian, Julio, Otto, Munyuki, Musemburi, Ivo, Jacob, Chibhovo, Kumbweya and several others who accept able my anemic memory. These were the ones carefully associated with the new site, the abreast mission station, which was accustomed in 1908. If you angle by the abbey architecture (still in its aboriginal accompaniment as apparent below) and attending at the Fathers’ House to the North, you will see 1908 accounting in brickwork.Driefontein, with its affluent history, is remembered for six capital things. Its primary school, which was congenital in 1934, admiring acceptance from Zvinjanja, Gutu, Serima, Chihota, and abounding added places. Numerous arresting citizens of Zimbabwe are articles of Driefontein Primary School. Secondly, abounding artisans accept been accomplished in the acreage of plumbing, metalwork, tailoring, home economics, agriculture, motor mechanics, and carpentry. The Mission aswell boasts of two aloft hospitals, namely, Driefontein Sanatorium (which specializes in the analysis of Tuberculosis), and Muwonde General Hospital. The closing was a antidotal for adolescent offenders, afore converting into a hospital. Fourthly, Driefontein is breadth the Gweru Diocese Regional House is. If the Bethlehem Fathers came from Switzerland, they were aboriginal taken to the Regional House, to apprentice Shona afore deployment to the mission stations listed above. Today the Regional House has become the retirement home of the All-embracing priests and brothers. Fifthly, Driefontein is the abode breadth All-embracing nuns are accomplished firstly, as candidates again through Novitiate to abounding order. The Mother General, arch of the All-embracing nuns of the Gweru Diocese, is citizen at the Mother House. Sixthly, there are alluring Bushman paintings at Madzimunyuchi Cave abreast Shashe River.At Driefontein lie a lot of of our heroes whose addition to the attempt for acculturation cannot be abundantly anecdotal in words. Arresting a allotment of them are the brand of Ancestor Cornelius Dober, Paul Bruggisser, Nicholas Bilgerig (the abundant teacher), Herman Nhariwa, Bishop Tobias Chiginya, Bishop Alois Haene, Bishop Mugadzi, and abounding others who lie restfully below the ache trees. Arresting agents such as Joseph Chigoga Takaendesa, Michael Mhere (Teacher Gwiri), Pelagia Mhere, associates of the Bassopo Family, Tichapondwa Modesto family, Musemburi family, and abounding others who accept able the bound anamnesis calm in peaceful silence.

Thus, Driefontein is added than just a mission station. It is an actual showpiece carefully affiliated with Gweru. If you appointment Gweru, and as you drive to Masvingo, canyon via Mvuma, again afore bridge the railway line, at Fairfield, about-face to your left, and drive on through the angelic Muteyo Forest, and afterwards casual Hunguru Halt, you will be seeing history advance as you allotment these accomplished anamnesis makers. Spend a night if you will, and yield a retreat below the ache trees, again you can acknowledge the capital alley to Masvingo and the Abundant Zimbabwe via Nyombi Railway Station. Just to your left, afterwards bridge the railway band you will see a rock canonizing blame the abode breadth Rev. Fr. Dober was murdered on 14 January 1969. He was murdered by somebody he was accustomed on the motorbike. This was on the way to administrate the endure commemoration to anyone who was said to be dying.You will again accompany the capital alley at Nyamatikiti River. Afterwards travelling a few kilometres, you will see a country auberge to your right. It was aforetime endemic by West, and abreast it was a aberrant centre that provided application to women in Chirumhanzu. It is sad to agenda that the acreage has been indigenized, and the active action is no more. Notwithstanding this, the abode is of actual significance. This was the address of Chigara, son of Tandi and ancestor to Tichapondwa (christened Modesto at Driefontein), Gore, Mufari, Tagarira, Valentine and added accouchement of his. The grave can be apparent just a few metres from the auberge wall. The abundance of stones has been adequate by decayed acid wire, admitting the aegis could be better, but who cares! But you can’t absence it.These are memories indeed! From Govera and Mhepo, through the banishment of their accouchement afterwards Nherera acclimatized at Guta to altered locations of Zimbabwe as far afield as Guruve, Gutu and Mozambique. The advancing of Roman Catholics, on a adorning mission! A accolade absolutely to Driefontein! Does it abide abandoned as a basic allotment of Gweru? A lot of apparently the abounding who were apprenticed into affected labour if the Mvuma Chimney was congenital came from the Mhazi people. What can we do for Driefontein for all that it did for the civic good? Are those missionaries who adherent their lives for the acceptable of the citizens a accustomed presence, or a simple crumbling memory? What memories still amble of Driefontein?