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.
The construction of a new and first Council owned secondary school in the high-density suburb of Rujeko is set to commence soon.
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!
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!
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.
The City of Masvingo, has added 12 vehicles to its existing fleet. The new vehicles comprise of 1 refuse compactor, 1 Toyota minibus, 5 Toyota Sedan vehicles, and 5 Nissan pick-up trucks. The vehicles which were purchased using revenue raised from the ratepayers are expected to enhance service delivery.
Speaking during the commissioning ceremony on Friday 26 March 2021, His Worship, The Mayor, Cllr C Maboke said the vehicles will improve efficiency of the local authority in service delivery.
‘The City of Masvingo is fully committed to excellent service delivery through procurement of latest ideal state of the art equipment/vehicles to ensure we attain our vision to be an Industrialised Metropolitan City By 2030. Today we commission our refuse compactor and a fleet of operational vehicles that will be used by our different departments to enhance efficient and effective service delivery.
These vehicles were bought using revenue raised from the ratepayers and we thank the residents and ratepayers and at the same time encouraging them to continue paying their bills in order to capacitate us to provide services. We will be purchasing more equipment this year that includes a Refuse Compactor and a Tipper. We continue to value the support of our various stakeholders and the Central Government in this service delivery journey’ he said.
Among those who attended the commissioning ceremony were the District Development Coordinator’s Office, Deputy Mayor, Cllr W Mawende, Alderman S Maridza, Councillors, Acting Town Clerk, Eng E Mukaratirwa, Management, Croco Motors Manager, Mr Chawonza, EMA officials, members from the Health Department, Transport office, municipal police, procurement, audit, human resources as well as members of the media.
The City of Masvingo has held a two-day Departmental Integrated Performance Agreement workshop from the 25th to the 26th of February 2021 aimed at mapping strategies and set targets for the year 2021, in line with the local authority’s vision, to be an industrialised metropolitan city by 2030.
In his welcome and closing remarks, City of Masvingo Acting Town Clerk, Eng Edward Mukaratirwa urged all departments and Councillors to successfully achieve the targeted goals for the year 2021.
‘Let’s deal with the major issues, let’s achieve so that when we also leave the system, we can be able to leave some legacy so that when we look back, we would be proud of what we would have done and probably done more that we have set up now. Failure to set and understand our goals means our performance monitoring and DIPA are out of sync,’ said Eng Mukaratirwa.
The Acting Town Clerk also emphasised the importance of teamwork, noting that there was a need for members to work together and be able to leave a legacy.
The workshop afforded the Councillors and Council’s senior administration with a platform to set targets that will provide for the impetus for the efficient administration of Council as well as plan for the 2021 calendar year in order to create a road-map that will ensure the success of the local authority.
The two-day workshop focused on key major result areas that of Infrastructure development and maintenance, Social service provision, Good corporate governance, Investment promotion and Environmental management services
The workshop was attended by the Councillors and Council Management and ended on a high note with participants geared for the year 2021.
True to its vision of becoming a world class metropolitan city by 2030, the City of Masvingo is set to roll out water augmentation phase 2 at an estimated budget of ZWL 270 000. 000, as the local authority intensifies its commitment to ensure excellent service delivery.
The much long-awaited project is aimed at improving the water situation in the city which is currently in a pathetic state due to a series of electrical faults at Bushmead Waterworks. The project will see acquisition of high-tech equipment to support the waterworks plant. This initiative is part of the City’s commitment to ensure residents get clean and safe water.
The increasing demand due to ballooning population as a result of population and property growth, coupled with pressures from new developments for connections onto the existing constrained water system as well as the depreciating equipment of the plant of the oldest city in the country has caused Masvingo to be a water stressed city.
The plant which was commissioned in the early 70s, and was later expanded twice in 1984 and 2003 now has depreciating equipment. Hence, rolling out of the programme comes with it the benefits of an expanded plant and abundant water supply.
Currently, water supply capacity is at 30 megalitres per day against an estimated demand of 50 megalitres, thus a deficit of 20 megalitres.
To manage the deficit, the City has instituted a programme to close off valves to the town overnight while building up head in the reservoirs. This ensures that the residents get water at the critical time of the morning before they embark on their daily chores.
Lately, the City entered into partnerships for cooperation with the donor community, DFID, UNICEF, Christian Care Zimbabwe and DWSSC in installation of solar powered water systems in the high density suburb of Mucheke to ensure availability of water all the time.
Masvingo City Council is moving forward to achieve its vision of being a world class metropolitan city by 2030 guided by a national strategic intent as pronounced by the desire to attain upper-middle-class income status by 2030 as expounded by President E. D Mnangagwa.
The City of Masvingo’s Mayor’s Christmas Cheer Fundraising Golf Tournament held at the Masvingo Golf Club on Sunday the 13th of December, 2020 was a resounding success with overwhelming support from golfers and sponsors from the corporate world.
The tournament was aimed at raising funds for the less privileged members of our community. The targeted beneficiaries include; Alpha Cottages, 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, Deputy Mayor, Cllr Wellington Mawende highlighted the importance of giving to the less fortunate members of our society that they can also have a good Christmas.
The Deputy Mayor also commented the Masvingo business community for supporting the tournament.
‘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, it helps 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 Peter Nyaruwata 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.
‘We welcome this relationship between the Masvingo business community, golfers and the city council. I am seeing real relationship, we being the sons and council being the city fathers, we see ourselves going far.’, he said.
Apart from the fundraising golf tournament, the Masvingo Business community as well as residents had earlier own contributed towards the Mayor’s Christmas Cheer Fund from the day of the launch on the 21st of October 2020.
The fundraising golf tournament whose key sponsors were Byword Motors, Golden Amen, Nyaradzo Group, Regency Hotels, Croco Motors, Headmount, Praymost attracted more than 50 golfers from across the country.
Partnerships for cooperation ….. Council – Civic Society partnerships for provision of safe water and sanitation coverage in the city
IN the endless search for more efficient and effective methods of delivering social services, 2020 has seen increasing interests of partnerships for the purpose of expanding safe drinking water and sanitation coverage as well as improving the health of communities.
The Government, DFID (donor), UNICEF, Christian Care Zimbabwe (implementing partner) in conjunction with DWSSC and Masvingo City Council are in the process of erecting solar systems and 6 (10 000 liter) tanks in Ward 3 and 4 (10 000 liter) tanks in Ward 4’s communal water points (boreholes). The motorized solar water piped scheme is set to ensure availability of water all the time.
This project has seen involvement and participation of the communities which are the beneficiaries. Water point committees were selected and trained to ensure longer term system sustainability.
The City of Masvingo has managed to build linkages with a number of Non-Governmental Organizations in delivering key services to the community. The partnership of City of Masvingo, Dialogue on Shelter Trust and Homeless People’s Federation has also resulted in notable projects which include drilling of 2 boreholes in Vic Range and Runyararo West, 2 (5000 liter) tanks and 8 spaced water taps for Vic Range.
The partnerships are aiming at improving water supply systems mainly in high lying areas of the populous high density suburbs of Masvingo, as short term plans whilst waiting for water augmentation phase 2 to take off in 2021.
In a development set to enable ease of doing business, the City of Masvingo has unveiled an online bill enquiry function on its website. A centralised system that digitalises all accounts information for ratepayers.
Ratepayers can log on to www.masvingocity.org.zw, click on the Pay Bill Now tab and proceed to enter account number and contact to be able to enquire and pay bills. The system automatically updates accounts information.
The introduction of online bill enquiry has been received well by hordes of residents as it ensures that residents access their accounts to enquire balances and process payments conveniently.
Given the ever-present payment alternatives like mobile money services such a feature is going to be very effective and conducive for residents. Currently, Council has been making use of mobile money services such as Ecocash, OneMoney as well as bank transfers.
Key among the advantages of online payments is the creation of a cashless society, eliminating the issues of queueing in Revenue Halls, bringing major convenience to ratepayers.
The Council’s initiative works with the full support of a locally designed server that computes the data quickly and updates the whole system. The system is independent of wholesome operations, allowing independent activities to transact then compile data in the background, instead of pulling the whole database to offer a service, adding so much speed on the serving terminal. Plans are underway to introduce a mobile application to cater for the service as well.