City of Masvingo embarks on Staff Wellness Program

Today, the 9th of June 2023, City of Masvingo through its Health Services Department conducted an employee wellness exercise at Civic Centre offices as part of its traditional staff wellness initiative programme.

The programme which was designed with a vision to create awareness among employees on the importance of health seeking behavior and as an important step in improving the health and productivity of employees will be done on a weekly basis forthwith.

The staff wellness programme is conducted as part of broader efforts by Council to ensure a healthy community. Considering the improvements made to the health and well-being of a work-place, and the amount of time spent at the workplace, it makes sense to foster workplace wellness programs. Employees wellness program positively affect the productivity output of team members.

 

 

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City of Masvingo undertakes client satisfaction survey

 

The City of Masvingo is conducting a Client Satisfaction survey targeting residents, ratepayers, business community, potential investors and other stakeholders’ perceptions and options of the local authority. The findings will be used as a reference in prioritizing areas for improvement within Council.

The survey will feed into the City’s strategic plan with the aim to also improve on service delivery.

The survey will update the state of Masvingo service delivery report.

Some of the questions posed are: ‘Is there a correlation between billing and service delivery? , The City of Masvingo employees are quick to respond to complaints? Was your query or complaint responded to your satisfaction?

This is also an opportunity to raise awareness on anti-littering, vandalism of Council infrastructure and sensitisation on the importance of having functional water meters, where to report faults and the just launched City of Masvingo digital services.

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City of Masvingo employees sign performance contracts

City of Masvingo’s technocrats today the 23rd of May 2023 signed performance contracts before the city managers whose performance will now be measured as the government presses for a high-performance culture throughout all sectors.

The technocrats signed the performance contracts after the heads of departments did the same early this year.

At today’s event, the technocrats signed the performance in the presence of the Town Clerk, Eng. Edward Mukaratirwa.

In his key note address, Town Clerk, Eng. Edward Mukaratirwa said it was critical to note that performance of the City was measured by outputs, therefore the need for the city’s technocrats to work accordingly.

‘The performance of our city is measured by your results as the city’s technocrats, that is outputs and outcomes attained at the end of service delivery value chain. Those results must positively transform the status of Masvingo and stakeholders’ welfare.

This process is necessary to track and measure performance’, he said.

The institutionalisation of a culture of high performance in organisations, underpinned by performance contracts among other mechanisms, is stated on the policy announcements made by His Excellency, the president of Zimbabwe, Dr. Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa on the need to have competent staff, who pride themselves in delivery of quality and timely services.

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City of Masvingo Educational Scholarship Programme kick starts

The City of Masvingo’s Housing and Social Services Department has started selection of students to benefit from the City of Masvingo Educational Scholarship Programme.

Beneficiaries are to be drawn from Council schools and will be offered scholarships for the first year 2023 and the programme will be rolled to cover other schools in the city.

The grant is only applicable to students that are academically talented but coming from very underprivileged families, for instance child headed families or orphans being taken care of by foster parents.

There are already existing structures at Council Schools (the BEAM Committee) assisting with identification of these less privileged children. Each school submitted a minimum of  five (5) children and one (1) is to be selected from the five from each school.

The package includes school fees, uniforms and related items such as stationery to be paid for by Council up to Grade 7.  For Secondary education, the scholarship will cater for a full package like related expenses and boarding fees. The scholarship to university level will cater for the total fees (tuition and accommodation).

 

 

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Construction of Rujeko Secondary School’s Seventh block gathers momentum

Despite inclement economic conditions that have characterized the country and councils not being spared, the City of Masvingo has managed to construct three (3) more blocks at Rujeko Secondary School at a budgeted cost of ZWL 93 874 665.
The school which opened doors on the 14th of February 2022 has two intakes so far with a staggering enrolment of 360 pupils for Form One and Two. Council has since embarked on construction of two more blocks in preparation for the 2024 enrolment of Form Ones. The Seventh block is a science lab which was funded by the school development committee.
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. Previously, the government owned secondary schools in Mucheke; Ndarama and Mucheke High Schools were catering for pupils in Rujeko which is the inspiration behind the construction of the secondary school with an envisaged capacity of 600 pupils.

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Devolution spurs key infrastructure projects in Masvingo

Drawing from a ZWL 307 217 707 million purse, City of Masvingo has for the past 4 years implementing life-changing projects that permeate all facets of life as part of the devolution revolution being championed by President Mnangagwa.

The city of Masvingo has a total population of 90 000, according to the 2022 census report, therefore the implemented projects have a direct effect and transformation towards the total population of the city. The City has however made great strides in the socioeconomic sphere because of the devolution programme

Consultations were made with the communities in selecting projects which were later implemented. Among the community driven projects include; Mucheke Trunk Sewer Line upgrading, North West Medical Centre, Rujeko Secondary School, Rujeko Isolation Centre, Garikai and Leopold Takawira Markets, Cambria Landfill, Boreholes.

The ongoing Mucheke Trunk Sewer project which s currently at 75% physical completion was allocated ZWL 118 108 844-65. Once completed, the sewer line is expected to service the whole city and connect the new location Victoria Ranch. On a daily basis, the city records around five sewer blockages, hence sewer blockages will be reduced as a result of upgrading. It will also cater for industrial expansion and reduce pollution of the environment.

Mucheke Trunk Sewer Line project also created employment for locals who were hired as contract workers while local businesses flourished through ripple effects.

In the sphere of Sustainable Development Goal 3 (SDG 3) : Good Health and Well-being , the City of Masvingo successfully constructed North West Medical Centre at a total cost of ZWL 22 243 354-58. The clinic serves a new location Victoria Ranch which has an estimated population of 15 000 and Runyararo suburb with an estimated population of 15 000. The clinic also has a mental health unit which galvanise the fight against drug and substance abuse in the city.

The ongoing Cambria Landfill project which seeks to improve solid waste management is also on course and at 98% physical completion. The Government availed 12 ha for the project to City of Masvingo for the project. The first cell which now at 98% physical completion was constructed at a cost of ZWL 69 915 216. Once completed and commissioned the landfill is going to benefit the whole city with a total population of 90 000 people. It will also mean decommissioning of the dumpsite which is a health risk in Runyararo suburb.               

In addition, the City also successfully completed construction of Garikai Fruits and Vegetable Market and Leopold Takawira Market at a total cost of ZWL 2 992 635-69. Farmers in and around the city (peri-urban) can now sell their produce to the local vendors who buy in bulk for re-sell. About 500 vendors benefitted from the project which was successfully implemented in 2020. The first phase saw construction of 6 Market sheds at both sites. This has however helped in de-congesting the CBD, bringing sanity to the city.

Life-changing initiatives have seen a secondary school being constructed, Rujeko Secondary School at a total cost of ZWL 93 874 665. The first phase has seen construction of 4 blocks for form ones and twos. There are two more blocks currently under construction. The school is expected to benefit the whole city. Current enrollment for the school stands at +/-360 pupils.

The City of Masvingo also managed to equip Rujeko Isolation centre in 2020 at the height of COVID 19 at a cost of ZWL 37 350 -00. The facility served the whole district.

In addition, the funding also saw drilling of  3 boreholes in Ward 3,4 and 10 in 2019, at a total cost of ZWL 387 120-00 as an alternative source of water.

 

 

 

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City of Masvingo Signs 2023 Performance Contracts with its Directors

The City of Masvingo held a 2023 Performance Contracts signing ceremony on the 24th of March 2023 at its Civic Centre Offices.

This comes as part of the efforts at ensuring that Directors live up to their tasks and in fulfillment of the City of Masvingo’s mandate.

The 2023 Performance Contract signing ceremony was signed in the presence the Town Clerk, Eng. Edward Mukaratirwa.

The Town Clerk Eng. Edward Mukaratirwa gave a key note address on implementation of performance enhancement measures.

Eng Mukaratirwa who is the accounting officer for City of Masvingo will ensure that departments comply with the signed performance contracts every year for monitoring and evaluations purposes and to fulfill the key performance indicators.

All Directors attended and signed their respective documents upon which their work will be evaluated in the ensuing year.

 

 

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City of Masvingo Signs 2023 Performance Contracts with its Directors

The City of Masvingo held a 2023 Performance Contracts signing ceremony on the 24th of March 2023 at its Civic Centre Offices.

This comes as part of the efforts at ensuring that Directors live up to their tasks and in fulfillment of the City of Masvingo’s mandate.

The 2023 Performance Contract signing ceremony was signed in the presence the Town Clerk, Eng. Edward Mukaratirwa.

The Town Clerk Eng. Edward Mukaratirwa gave a key note address on implementation of performance enhancement measures.

Eng Mukaratirwa who is the accounting officer for City of Masvingo will ensure that departments comply with the signed performance contracts every year for monitoring and evaluations purposes and to fulfill the key performance indicators.

All Directors attended and signed their respective documents upon which their work will be evaluated in the ensuing year.

 

 

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City of Masvingo greenlight smart water meter reading

In a ringing endorsement of the City of Masvingo’s continuous efforts to improve on service delivery and in line with the City’s vision of becoming a world class metropolitan city by 2030, Council has greenlit migration to smarty city technologies, among them smart water meter reading application demonstrating its value-add for Council and stakeholders alike.

Under the electronic process automation system, the smart water meter reading revolve around four key questions:

Q:        How can innovative smart water meter reading system benefit Council?

  • Accordingly, the smart water meter reading system through IoT sensors and GIS was found to offer a high economic value and reduce mistakes associated with human error, which saves on costs and enables optimised production processes.
  • Timely billing process

Q:      How effective is the application?

  • Geomapped system, use of GIS make it more effective compared to the traditional way

Q: How do clients benefit?

  • Billing accuracy, low susceptibility to errors
  • Efficiency
  • Timely water usage data
  • Easy analysis on water usage

 

Q: How sustainable are these solutions?

  • Global competitiveness in the evolving technological world.

 

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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.

#LET’S KEEP MASVINGO CLEAN.

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