Working together for a clean and Healthy Environment

In the spirit of creating clean, safe and a healthy environment, the City of Masvingo declares Masvingo as a non-littering zone and joined the rest of the country in commemorating the National Clean Up Campaign which is held every first Friday of the each month by cleaning Gomba shopping Centre and the surrounding environment.

Deputy Mayor Councilor Wellington Mawende encouraged residents to keep the city clean.

Councilor R. Kamuzonda ( Ward 3 ), Junior Councilors, the acting Town Clerk Mr. V Shonhai, the acting Director of Housing and Social Services Mr. Mandishona, Chief Environmental Health Officer, Ms S. H. Madamombe, Council staff, corporates; NSSA, ByWord, Ok Mart, NAC, EMA and FAZ joined Runyararo West residents in cleaning Gomba shopping centre.


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City of Masvingo appoints Eng. Kudzaishe Mbetu as Deputy Director Engineering Services

Eng Kudzaishe Mbetu has been appointed as the City of Masvingo substantive Deputy Director Engineering Services effective 3 January 2023.

Eng Mbetu joined City of Masvingo in 2020 as the Operations Engineer from City of Gweru where he was Water and Sewer Engineer. Eng Mbetu was subsequently promoted to the position of Acting Director Engineering Services at the absence of a substantive Director, a role which he served with diligence and dedication.

Eng Mbetu played a significant role in the successful completion of Runyararo South West Clinic, construction of Cambria Landfill, Mucheke Sewer Trunk Line, ERRP Rujeko Secondary School as the engineer in 2021 and 2022.

Eng Mbetu who has 10 years of experience in the Engineering field has a Master of Business Administration Degree (Great Zimbabwe University), Bachelor of science Honors Degree in Engineering (University of Zimbabwe), Certificate of Training in Geographic Information Systems and GPS Survey (SIRDC), Certificate in Rapid Gravity and Sand Filter (University of Zimbabwe) and Postgraduate Diploma in Water Supply and Sanitation (Institute of Water and Sanitation Development).

We wish Eng. Kudzaishe Mbetu success in his new role at City of Masvingo.


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Jori appointed City of Masvingo Finance Director

Mr Danister Jori has been appointed the new substantive Finance Director for City of Masvingo after an illustrious career in finance, following the retirement of his predecessor Mrs Thandiwe Dube on the 5th of August 2021.

His appointment is with effect from January 3 2023.

Mr Jori studied Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Economics with University of Zimbabwe in 2001.

He did his Master of Commerce Degree (Applied Accounting) with Great Zimbabwe University in 2016.

Part of his long resume is that he worked for Gweru City Council, Go-Beer Breweries and City of Masvingo.

Mr. Jori joined City of Masvingo in 2010 as a Senior Accountant, rising a year later to become Deputy Finance Director.

He remained in this position until his latest appointment.

Mr. Jori represented Zimbabwe at the 2022 World Congress of Accounting in Mumbai India

His Worship, the Mayor, Councillors, Management and Staff congratulate Danister on his new appointment and wish him all the best in his new role.

By Oder of Council



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Masvingo joins forces in clean-up exercise

The City of Masvingo in conjunction with the Masvingo Business Community joined the rest of the country in undertaking a massive clean up exercise early this morning in the Central Business District, Metro Peech area to create an awareness on litter menace and inculcating the habit of cleanliness in the city.
The exercise which was led by Ward 5 Cllr. R. Kamuzonda and the Acting Director of Housing and Social Services, Mr. S. Mandishona was done to rid the City’s Business District of filth and to complement His Excellency the president’s vision and efforts to make Zimbabwe the cleanest country in Africa.
The clean-up exercise attracted a large number of people who participated in weeding and sweeping of the environment.



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2022 Mayor’s Christmas Cheer Fundraising Golf Tournament, a Resounding Success

The City of Masvingo’s Mayor’s Christmas Cheer Fundraising Golf Tournament held at the Masvingo Golf Club on Wendsday the 7th of December 2022 was a resounding success with overwhelming support from Golfers and Sponsors from the corporate world. The tournament managed to raise US$ 4 500.

The tournament was aimed at raising funds for the less privileged members of our community. The targeted beneficiaries include; Alpha Cottages Children’s Home, Copota School for the Blind, Association for the Visually Handicapped, Pioneer Trust, Alfred Walter Hostel, Jairos Jiri Association, John Mutikizizi Old People’s Home, Masvingo General Hospital, Mazorodze Martenity Home, Morgenster School for the Deaf, Morgenster Hospital, Mucheke Old People’s Home, National Council for Disabled Persons, Ngomahuru Psychiatric Hospital, Copota Workshop for the Blind, SPCA, ZIMCARE TRUST (MSVO BRANCH) Ratidzo School, Zimbabwe Parents for the Handicapped Children and ZIKI Cooperative Society so for the Blind.

Addressing guests and golfers who attended the tournament’s prize-giving ceremony and cocktail reception, City of Masvingo Town Clerk, Eng. E. Mukaratirwa highlighted the importance of giving to the less fortunate members of our society so that they can also have a good Christmas.

‘We would like to express our deepest gratitude for the valued support of the City of Masvingo’s Mayor’s Christmas Cheer Fundraising Golf Tournament. Your donations are very important to us as they help in the continuity of the Mayor’s office’s efforts to assist the less privileged members of our community. This would have not been successful without your act of generosity in support of the golf tournament’, he said.

Also speaking during the event, Masvingo Golf Club captain Mr Callisto Rukuni applauded the relationship between the Masvingo Business community, the Golfers and Masvingo City Council. He said much hope is that the amicable working relationship will see the development and growth of the City of Masvingo which has a vision to be an industrialised metropolitan city by 2030. He chronicled some of the partnerships’ achievements to date.
Apart from the fundraising golf tournament, the Masvingo Business community as well as individuals had earlier on contributed towards the Mayor’s Christmas Cheer Fund from the day of the launch on the 2nd of November 2022.

The fundraising golf tournament whose key sponsors were Byword Motors, Econet Wireless, Great Zimbabwe Realtors, Regency Hotels, Exor, FBC Holdings, Praise Coast, Well East Ceramic, Schweppes Zimbabwe, Amtec Motors, Nanolean, Masvingo Brick n Tyle, Regency Hotels Flamboyant, Caravan Park, Doczine, Proper Engineering, Midweek Watch attracted golfers from the southern region including Zvishavane and Renco.

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Masvingo scrubs up


Masvingo City Council in conjunction with the Masvingo Business Community joined the rest of the country in undertaking a massive clean up exercise early this morning in Rujeko Suburb creating an awareness on litter menace, inculcating the habit of cleanliness and planted more trees at Rujeko Secondary School.

The exercise which was led by His Worship, the Mayor, Cllr C. Maboke and Town Clerk, Eng Edward Mukaratirwa, was done to rid the residential suburb of filth and to complement His Excellency the President’s vision and efforts to make Zimbabwe the cleanest country in Africa.

The clean-up exercise which attracted a large number of people who participated in weeding and sweeping of the environment saw all the councillors plant trees at the school.

In his address at the close of the clean-up exercise, His Worship, the Mayor thanked all participants for coming in their numbers to support such a good cause, he mentioned that cleanliness promotes investment to the city and for that it was necessary to keep the environments clean. He said a clean environment breeds healthy people and healthy people become productive in the socio-economic life in a nation and urged all not to make the exercise a one-day wonder.

Participants were advised against dumping of refuse indiscriminately  and were also urged all and sundry to be regular participants in all clean up exercises.

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City of Masvingo joins the nation in tree planting commemorations

The City of Masvingo on Thursday, the 1st of December 2022 partnered with Nyaradzo Funeral Services’ subsidiary (Friends of the Environment), Forestry Commission, EMA, Schools and various stakeholders in planting 100 trees at Rujeko Secondary School as part of the greening of the environment and commemorating the 2022 National Tree Planting Day.
This year, the National Tree Planting Day is being held under the theme “Trees and Forests for Ecosystem Restoration and Improved Livelihoods”,
City of Masvingo Mayor, Cllr. C. Maboke, Ward 7 Cllr. R. Musekiwa, Town Clerk, Eng. E. Mukaratirwa together with other stakeholders planted trees at Rujeko Secondary School.
They were joined by students of Rujeko Secondary School and residents of ward 7 of Rujeko Suburb the event.
Speaking during the exercise, His Worship the Mayor Cllr. C. Maboke said trees were important to create sustainable communities, preserve the environment and mitigate the effects of climate change.
He encouraged all in attendance to have the culture of planting and nurturing trees.

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Nyaradzo donate 300 trees to MCC

The City of Masvingo received a donation of 250 trees from Nyaradzo Funeral Services under the Friends of the Environment initiative on Tuesday the 22nd of November 2022.

Nyaradzo project manager, Mr Dodzo handed over the donation to the Acting Director for Housing and Social Services, Mr Mandishona and Parks Superintendent, Mr Zhura.

Part of the greening shade trees, shrubs (golden Jurandas), decorative trees, fruits trees, and ornamental trees were planted at Kernen Park, islands and Rujeko Secondary School orchard.

Nyaradzo Funeral Services under the Friends of the Environment initiative is donating and planting trees around the country.

The City is very grateful for this generous donation and it will go a long way in greening the environment in and around town.

Thank you Sahwira Mukuru !

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In a press conference held on Friday November 25, 2022, the city of Masvingo Deputy Mayor, Cllr Wellington Mawende interacted with journalists from various media houses on City’s 2023 Budget Statement. The total budget is USD 23.6 million of which USD 17 million is expected to be generated internally while USD 6 million is expected to be funded from other sources such as Intergovernmental Fiscal Transfers, Zinara grants and external loans.
The capital budget is USD 8.5 million while the recurrent budget is USD 15.1 million.
Expenditure allocations by program is as follows;
Governance and Administration USD 5.5 million
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene USD 7.2 million
Social services USD 7.2 million
Roads USD 2.3 million
Public safety and Security Services USD 1.2 million
Capital expenditure priorities
Education facilities USD 734, 000
Health facilities USD 631, 000
Water & Sewer Infrastructure USD 2.6 million
Roads and Storm Water Drainage USD 632,000
Social Amenities USD 2.9 million
Operational Assets USD 1 million

In his welcome remarks in the Mayor’s reception, the City Deputy Mayor Cllr Wellington Mawende highlighted the role of media and the benefits of meeting journalists to interact with them in city’s development because their contributions are seen by everyone and the impact, they bring in the society is more valuable. Because of that, the City of Masvingo organise a press conference quarterly to exchange ideas with journalists in a manner of responding everyone’s question and come up on building the Masvingo we want.
During the press conference there are some highlighted activities to be proud of in Masvingo in infrastructure where a new secondary school was built in 2021, with two new blocks now at roof level, opening of a new clinic, completion of Cambria landfill and rehabilitation of roads. Out of 268km of road network in the city, 189km were sealed, 97km – gravel to increase road trafficability in the city and more roads will be rehabilitated during this physical year of 2022/23.
On social economic developments different markets for nearly 1000 vendors were constructed, leisure parks inaugurated, Kernen Park among others
Responding to different questions raised by journalists, the City of Masvingo Deputy Mayor Cllr. Wellington Mawende said that many are being done to transform the city rapidly but the continuous partnership with citizens and different stakeholders will make it happen sooner and better.
As a takeaway, the Deputy Mayor recalled the vision of the City of Masvingo and asked them keep doing constructive media:

An Industrialised World Class Metropolitan City by 2030.

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City of Masvingo shines at Great Limpopo Cultural Trade Fair

The City of Masvingo showcased local cultural artifacts at the 8th edition of the 2022 Great Limpopo Cultural Trade Fair held from the 11th to the 12th of November 2022 under the theme ‘Supporting indigenous creative entrepreneurship’ at Boli Muhlanguleni Cultural Village in Chiredzi.

The exhibition was held in celebration of the Great Limpopo Culture.
The exhibitions first kicked off in 2013 and took a long break due to the Covid19 pandemic. Exhibitors share cultural artifacts, experiences and different kinds of traditions like the Nyambela dance of the Tsonga (Machangani) who wear Bhabhela skirts to enhance their dancing as it is their tradition.

Indigenous artists, traditional leadership and organizations from the communities adjacent to the Great Limpopo showcased their different cultures, traditions, dressing and cultural dances.

In support of the program, organizations like Avuxen radio station, Ecocash holdings, Econet wireless, Nyaradzo Funeral Insurance (sahwira mukuru), Moonlight, Zimbabwe National parks, National Arts Council, Chinhoyi University of Technology, Great Zimbabwe University, Masvingo Teachers College, Malilangwe Trust and Safe Ways Driving School also graced the occasion.

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