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City of Masvingo makes emergency roads rehabilitation inroads

The road rehabilitation exercise in Masvingo under the Government funded Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme 2 (ERRP2) in accordance with Statutory Instrument 47 of 2021 (Declaration of State Disaster; Road Infrastructure Netwoark) launched by President E D Munangagwa, has paced with notable progress.

City of Masvingo was allocated and received $77 million from the Zimbabwe National Road Administration (ZINARA) towards the road rehabilitation exercise and to date 69 roads across the city have been completed.

To date, Council has made significant inroads on road rehabilitation exercise following heavy rains during the 2020-2021 rain season which left a trail of destruction.

The exercise saw re-sealing of 12km and the roads include; 4.1 Infantry – 1.3km, Chiedza – 800m, Zimuto – 700m, Mambo – 200m, Muzora – 0.4m, Yomukono – 800m, Gwereveshe – 15m, Ingwe Drive – 2.23 Km, Mboroma – 1Km, Chesvingo Drive – 1 Km, Industria- 2.9 Km.

There was also re-graveling of 9.5 Km and the other roads which were attended to include; Zviitirei, E Gudza, Manhede, P Chatikobo, S Kanyemba, E Mukono, Tendai Kubatana, L Mukaro, Davies Mugabe.

Council also attended to potholes and there was pothole patching of 84Km, a total of 62 roads.

According to the budget and timelines which were set for this year, 69 roads across the city were to be rehabilitated (re-sealing and re-graveling) and the targets were met.

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Runyararo North-West Clinic nearing completion

The finish line is in sight for the new Runyararo North-West Clinic, following a year of construction. Crews are plastering walls, roofing, electrical connections. The new facility is expected to be opening by year-end.

The facility will accommodate advances in medical technology, increase in capacity and cater for primary health care.

It will feature:
• An enlarged emergency department with twice the floor space of the current one at Runyararo Clinic.
• Individual patient rooms that provide increased privacy and comfort for patients.
• Walking trails
• A parking structure with limited spaces though.

The new clinic is part of the Council’s infrastructure renewal projects. Besides all the physical enhancements, the Department of Health Services is – working on digital tools that will improve the patient experience.

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Construction of Rujeko Secondary School gathers momentum

2021 will go down in the annals of City of Masvingo as a historic year, as it is the year that the decision to construct a secondary school in the high density suburb of Rujeko was made followed by commencement of construction of the long awaited School.

Council’s move to embark on the secondary school construction project came as a noble project that was long overdue. The project is first of its kind in the history of local authorities.

Despite inclement economic conditions that have characterized the country and councils not being spared, the City of Masvingo has managed to commence construction of the first classroom block at a budgeted cost of ZWL 5,4 million.

Construction of Rujeko Secondary School is expected to go a long way in bridging a yawning infrastructure gap that was occasioned by the absence of a secondary school in the high density suburb of Rujeko. Currently, the government owned secondary schools in Mucheke; Ndarama and Mucheke High Schools are catering for pupils in Rujeko high density suburb which is the inspiration behind the construction of the secondary school with an envisaged capacity of 600 pupils.
 

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Shot in the arm of Rujeko Isolation Centre

Rujeko Isolation Centre has received its first 8 OxERA oxygen equipment worthy US$ 2000, a donation from partner (Kufema Zimbabwe) in the fight against the novel coronavirus.

The consignment of 8 Oxygen Efficient Respiratory Aids for COVID response was handed over to the City of Masvingo’s Town Clerk, Eng. Edward Mukaratirwa on Wednesday the 22nd of July 2021 at Town House.

‘I would like to express gratitude to our partners (Kufema Zimbabwe) for the donation that has been extended and also for considering Rujeko Isolation Centre in Masvingo out of all the 10 provinces in the country. The donation will go a long way in assisting patients at the provincial COVID 19 Isolation Facility which serves patients from other districts within the province’, he said.

An oxygen efficient respiratory aid regulates oxygen from the cylinder according to weight from patient and priority will be given to oxygen dependent patients.

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Rujeko COVID-19 Isolation Centre receives Oxygen Concentrator and Drug Trolley from Solidar Med

Solidar Med has donated an oxygen concenrator to Rujeko Isolation Centre to help mitigate the effects of COVID-19. The donations were handed over to His Worship, The Mayor Cllr C. Maboke on Wednesday the 7th of July 2021.
“Today what is given to us indicates that the fight against the Coronavirus is far from over. The danger is still out there, and that is why we are receiving these items which include an oxygen concentrator and drug trolley,” said Cllr C Maboke, The Mayor of City of Masvingo.
The Mayor acknowledged the continuous support provided by well-wishers towards the council owned Rujeko Isolation Centre from renovations since the day it was turned into an Isolation Centre, to medical support.
The Mayor also urged citizens to adhere to the recommended COVID-19 protective measures, such as frequent hand washing and physical distancing, and proper wearing of face masks.
Handing over the consignment to City of Masvingo, Non communicable diseases projects manager at Solidar Med Zimbabwe, Dr Alvin Mutengere said the organisation will continue with the support it is giving to Rujeko Isolation Centre in the fight to mitigate the effects of COVID 19.
In March last year (2020), Rujeko Clinic was fully turned into an isolation facility for managing cases of the Coronavirus. Rujeko Isolation Centre is still facing a number of challenges, including limited medical personnel, drugs and personal protective equipment, lack of incinerator and well as lack of holding bay for the deceased, prompting the well wishers to chip in.
As of 7 July 2021, the facility had managed to manage cases of the Coronavirus and delivery of bouncing baby to a COVID 19 positive mother.

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Eng Edward Mukaratirwa appointed substantive Town Clerk for City of Masvingo

The City of Masvingo wishes to announce the appointment by Local Government Board of Engineer Edward Mukaratirwa as the substantive Town Clerk. The appointment is with effect from 09 June 2021.

Engineer Mukaratirwa is an Engineer and Administrator par excellence who has vast experience in Local Governance, which dates back as 2001. He held the position of District Engineer for Vungu Rural District Council from 2001 to 2002 before moving to Gutu Rural District Council on a similar position up to September 2006. He was appointed Acting Chief Executive Officer for Gutu Rural District Council in October 2006 a position he held until he joined Masvingo City Council in March 2011 to date. Engineer Mukaratirwa joined Masvingo City Council as Deputy City Engineer and was later appointed as Acting Town Clerk in September 2019 a position he held until his confirmation as substantive Town Clerk.

He is a holder of the following qualifications:
Master of Business Administration (MBA) –Great Zimbabwe University
BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering- University of Zimbabwe

He is a dedicated Engineer who commands tremendous respect in the field. He sits in several boards he is the current Zimbabwe Institution of Engineers Masvingo Area Chairman, Runde Catchment Council Vice Chairman (2014), Mutirikwi Sub-Catchment Council Chairman (2014 & 2020) and Mutirikwi Sub-Catchment Vice Council Chairman (2013 & 2019) and a member of the Masvingo Polytechnic College Advisory Board (2021).
Adding to that he holds professional membership to Engineering Profession bodies both locally and regionally. He is Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of Zimbabwe, a Corporate Member of Zimbabwe Institution of Engineers and member of Water Institute of Southern Africa.

Engineer Mukaratirwa possesses extensive experience and technical expertise in design and construction of water, waste water and road infrastructure. He was the Project Engineer for Bradburn Extension Road Construction (March 2019-August 2019), Mucheke D Infill Stands Servicing (November 2017- August 2019), Rujeko Footbridge (November 2018-August 2019), Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme-Masvingo City (2017-2018), Target Kopje & Hillside Extension Roads Surfacing (February 2018-August 2019), Resident Engineer for Mucheke Sewer Trunk Line Construction (March 2015-May 2016), Beneficiary Representative for Water and Waste Water Infrastructure Rehabilitation (June 2014-January 2016), Resident Engineer for Bushmead Pumping Main Replacement (April 2011-February 2013), Resident Engineer for PSIP Roads Rehabilitation (March 2012-November 2012), and Resident Engineer for Hillside Infrastructure Development (September 2011-October 2012).

His Worship the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Councillors, Management and Staff have the pleasure to express warmest congratulations to Engineer Mukaratirwa on his new appointment and wish him success in office. We are confident that your appointment is an endorsement of your visionary and indigenous leadership and we wish to pledge our unwavering support and commitment as you lead the City of Masvingo.
We look forward to your insightful leadership as we continue in our endeavour to be An Industrialised World Class Metropolitan by 2030.

Congratulations, Makorokoto, Amhlope.

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CONSTRUCTION OF SECONDARY SCHOOL IN RUJEKO ON CARDS

The construction of a new and first Council owned secondary school in the high-density suburb of Rujeko is set to commence soon.
Late last month, Full Council gave its approval for construction of the new secondary school in Rujeko Suburb under the local authority’s ambitious development plan.
Council approved the establishment of a secondary school in Rujeko suburb to pave way for the registration processes to be done with the relevant authorities.
The Local authority has already started mobilising for funding required to start construction work of the council’s ambitious project. The project will not only benefit residents within the suburb but other locations within its zone. Currently, Ndarama High School is servicing the zone and establishment of a new school will decongest the government owned secondary school.
The Full council gave its nod to the new secondary school project, following the request and recommendation by the Department of Housing and Social Services to seek prior approval from the panel before starting construction work.
According to the plan, the project will kick start as soon as possible once funding is available.

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CITY OF MASVINGO’S FINANCE DIRECTOR, MRS THANDIWE DUBE WINS MEGAFEST FEMALE EXECUTIVE (GOLD)

The City of Masvingo prides itself in producing women par excellence, and as testimony to its proclamation, Finance Director, Mrs Thandiwe Dube scooped a Gold in the Megafest Female Executive category.
The award is in recognition of Mrs. Dube’s unwavering commitment to the provision of excellent service delivery to the City of Masvingo’s stakeholders through provision of strategic and financial commitments as well as developing all necessary policies and procedures to ensure the sound financial management and control of the organization.
As the local authority continues to invest and promote effectiveness in the finance department, great strides have been made by the institution under her supervision of the department.
Mrs Dube has 31 years working experience in private and public sector. Started off as graduate trainee at ZESA and rose to Systems Accountant (1990 – 1997), moved to Delta Beverages (1997 – 2004) as Cost Accountant, Management Accountant, Financial Controller. Joined
City of Masvingo in 2005 to date as Deputy City Treasurer (2005 – October 2010), promoted to the position of City Treasurer/ Finance Director in November 2010, a position she is currently holding.

Mrs. Dube is the Secretary Masvingo Municipal Medical Aid Society.

Congratulations! Makorokoto! Amhlope!

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City of Masvingo Acting Town Clerk, Eng Edward Mukaratirwa, scoops the Megafest Strategic Leader of the Year award

Another one in the bag for City of Masvingo as Acting Town Clerk, Eng Edward Mukaratirwa, scoops the Megafest Strategic Leader of the Year (Platinum) award.

Engineer Mukaratirwa is an engineer and administrator par excellence who has vast experience in Local Governance, which dates back as 2001. He held the position of District Engineer for Vungu Rural District Council from that period to 2002, before moving to Gutu Rural District Council on a similar position up to 2006. He was appointed Acting Chief Executive Officer in October 2006 for Gutu Rural District Council, a position he held before joining Masvingo City Council in 2011 to date. Engineer Mukaratirwa joined Masvingo City Council as Deputy City Engineer and was later appointed as Acting Town Clerk in September 2019 a position he is currently holding.
He is a holder of the following qualifications:
• Master of Business Administration (MBA) –Great Zimbabwe University
• BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering- University of Zimbabwe
He is a dedicated engineer who commands tremendous respect in the field. He sits in several boards; he is the current Zimbabwe Institution of Engineers Masvingo Area Chairman, Runde Catchment Council Vice Chairman (2014), Mutirikwi Sub-Catchment Council Chairman (2014) and Mutirikwi Sub-Catchment Vice Council Chairman (2013 & 2019).
Adding to that he holds professional membership to Engineering Councils both locally and regionally. He is Professional Engineer with the Engineering Council of Zimbabwe, a Corporate Member of Zimbabwe Institution of Engineers and Water Institute of Southern Africa.
Engineer Mukaratirwa possess extensive experience in technical expertise in design and construction of water, waste water and road infrastructure. He was the Project Engineer for Bradburn Extension Road Construction (March 2019-August 2019), Mucheke D Infill Stands Servicing (November 2017- August 2019), Rujeko Footbridge (November 2018-August 2019), Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme-Masvingo City (2017-2018), Target Kopje & Hillside Extension Roads Surfacing (February 2018-August 2019), Resident Engineer for Mucheke Sewer Trunk Line Construction (March 2015-May 2016), Beneficiary Representative for Water and Waste Water Infrastructure Rehabilitation (June 2014-January 2016), Resident Engineer for Bushmead Pumping Main Replacement (April 2011-February 2013), Resident Engineer for PSIP Roads Rehabilitation (March 2012-November 2012), and Resident Engineer for Hillside Infrastructure Development (September 2011-October 2012).
Congratulations! Makorokoto! Amhlope!

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City of Masvingo signs Landmark Agreement with Environmental Management Agency

Friday the 26th of March 2021 witnessed Masvingo City Council signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Environmental Management Agency for the development of harmonious and cooperative relations with the purpose of ensuring the protection and cleanliness of the environment within the city as well as enforcement of all environmental laws and regulations within Masvingo City Council’s jurisdiction.
The partnership seeks to ensure that Masvingo City transforms itself and becomes a centre of environmental excellence, establishing an Environmental Inspectorate Unit (EIU) manned by Environmental Management Inspectors (EMI) who will be charged with the duty to enforce environmental by-laws in Masvingo City Council’s area of jurisdiction. The partnership includes reviewing of existing Council environmental by-laws and capacitation of the EIU.
True to its vision, ‘An Industrialised World-Class Metropolitan City by 2030’, the MoU reaffirms the Council’s commitment to keeping environments clean. The MoU is therefore aimed at improving the environmental law-enforcement framework for Masvingo City Council hence a committee comprised of Masvingo City Council, EMA, Ministry of Health and Child Care, Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, Forestry Commission, ZINWA, National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) was formed to review and update existing Council by-laws. This resulted in the production of the draft City of Masvingo Environment (Noise and Nuisance) By-laws.
Over and above all this, the MoU saw the creation of a unit made up of 35 members drawn from all the relevant departments of Council, and also EMA handing over 3 motorcycles to the City of Masvingo to carry out environmental inspections, licensing for environmental pollution and prosecuting where there are environmental offenses.
Apart from the creation of the unit, the team was trained on national environmental law, carrying out environmental inspections, prosecution procedure and the draft by-law. The unit was also trained on how to conduct field inspections and prosecutions.
Present during the signing ceremony were District Development Coordinator’s Office, The Mayor, Cllr C Maboke, Deputy Mayor, Cllr W Mawende, Alderman S Maridza, Councillors, Acting Town Clerk, Eng E Mukaratirwa, Management, Croco Motors Manager, Mr Chawonza, Provincial Environmental Management Agency, Mr M Muusha, EMA officials, members from the Health Department, Transport office, municipal police, procurement, audit, human resources as well as members of the media.

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