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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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Twinning arrangements for economic development

In a ringing endorsement of the City of Masvingo’s continuous efforts to improve the social wellbeing of the residents of Masvingo, the German –Zimbabwe Society has applauded ongoing social service activities targeted at the less privileged members of the community by Council following a whistle stop tour of Alpha Cottages Home, Mucheke Old People’s Home, Runyararo Clinic and Kernen Park.

The German – Zimbabwe Society, led by Rev Kerstin Hemker commended the Council’s Administration led by the Town Clerk, Eng. Edward Mukaratirwa for efforts made in managing to cushion the less privileged members of the society. Prior to the commencement of the tour, the Germany – Zimbabwe Society, Masvingo City Councillors. Council Management and Masvingo – Kernen Association heard the report of the
Town Clerk and remarks by Germany – Zimbabwe Society representative.

In his welcome remarks, Masvingo – Kernen Association Treasurer, Mr Chekani commended the Germany – Zimbabwe Society’s efforts in giving Masvingo a helping hand through various donations which the city has been receiving following the twinning of the two cities ( Kernen City and Masvingo City ). The report of the Town Clerk included; poverty alleviation programs by the social services
section, the state of Alpha Cottages Home, Mucheke Old People’s Home, Alfred Walter Hostel. Disability Inclusion, Educational Support, Resilience Programs and social Protection.

The touring party was particularly impressed by the projects at Alpha Cottages Home in a bid to increase income for the day to day running of the home. The team also toured Runyararo Clinic which was constructed using joint funds from City of Masvingo and Kernen City and a newly established model and imposing Kernen Park which caught the eye. In his vote of thanks, the City of Masvingo Town Clerk, Eng. Edward Mukaratirwa expressed Council’s gratitude to the visiting delegation for taking time out of their hectic schedules to embark on the familiarization tour. The Town Clerk also emphasized the fact that Council would continue to embrace the relationship with Kernen City for guidance in the various endeavours aimed at growing the City.
The agreement between the Germany city of Kernen and Masvingo City demonstrates the importance and advantages of twinning protocols between the local authority and foreign counterparts. During a visit by high-level German – Zimbabwe Society delegation to the city, officials from the society donated funds and some penicillin drugs to Runyararo Clinic which was constructed in partnership with Kernen City.
The two twinned with a view to explore exchange and cooperation in tourism infrastructure, urban planning, waste management, ICT, culture, education, sports and health.

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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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City of Masvingo hailed for successful implementation of devolution projects

As the nation strives towards realising NDS 1 and Vision 2030, infrastructural development anchored on the Devolution Philosophy remains a key success factor, with local authorities being the main catalyst.

To this end, over and above its service delivery function, the City of Masvingo was hailed at the just ended two-day Provincial Economic Status Workshop which was held in the city from the 22nd to the 23rd of February 2023 for successfully completing projects intended on enhancing communities and improving on service delivery.

Among the projects which were successfully developed in the City are:
Cambria Landfill which is at 98% physical completion awaiting commissioning.
Rujeko Secondary School which boasts of Form One and Two enrollment after successful completion of four classroom blocks. The school has an enrolment of 261 pupils.
The now functional and yet to be officially opened state-of-the-art Runyararo North West Medical Center with an expected beneficiary of 30 000 residents.
Garikai Fruits and Vegetables Market, Leopold Takawira Flea Market with around 1100 traders.

In keeping with its mission of providing adequate and sustainable municipal services to clients and diverse socio-economic development opportunities to all stakeholders, Council continues to provide the best services to Masvingo residents.

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Council Intent on Delivering on Its Mandate

The City of Masvingo held an eight-day by-law drafting and training workshop from the 12th to the 19th of February 2023 whose principal objective was to train participants to draft by-laws as they are the basis for the Council operations as well as regulation of activities in the city as enunciated in the Urban Councils Act, and the City’s Vision of becoming an industrialized world class metropolitan city by 2030.

Speaking on the last day of the workshop, the City of Masvingo Town Clerk, Eng. Edward Mukaratirwa, said it was vital for Council, which is subordinate to the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works, to deliver on its core mandate of service delivery, developing cities and above all advising the Minister on all local governance matters.

He further underscored the need for residents to abide by the set by-laws to ensure that there is law and order in the area under the Council’s jurisdiction.

“ We must deliver on what the Urban Councils Act says we must deliver, and we must also be guided by the by-laws we are formulating and reviewing to ensure that there is law and order in our city if we are to achieve our vision 2030 of becoming an an industrialized world class metropolitan city’, said Eng. Edward Mukaratirwa.

After everything was done and dusted, the technical team managed to draft 23 by-laws adding to the 18 which were formulated in the last quarter of 2022.

The by-laws drafting and training workshop comes shortly after Council’s 2023 budget was approved by the Minister of Local Government and Public Works. According to the Minister, every budget should have a by-laws which support revenue collection proposed in the budget.

City of Masvingo’s budget came out best out of the 92 local authorities because it had the exact format approved by the ministry as it was supported by the by-laws.

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Good Governance is Key to National Development

The Ministry of Local Government and Public Works, Legal Department is facilitating an eight-day By – Law Drafting and Training workshop for the City of Masvingo at Management Training Bureau (MTB) Council Management and Technical Team from 12 to 19 February 2023 in Harare.

The workshop’s main objective is to train participants to draft by – laws as they are the basis for the Council operations as well as regulation of activities in the City.

Speaking during the official opening of the workshop, the City of Masvingo Town Clerk, Eng. Edward Mukaratirwa said the seriousness of this workshop can not be re – emphasised as it is the basis for the Council operations as well as regulation of different activities in the City.

‘These by – laws are important as they form the basis for revenue collection and also for maintenance of law and order in the area under the Council’s jurisdiction’, he said.

He further highlighted that the exercise is set to benefit residents and ratepayers of Masvingo.

Speaking on the first day of the workshop, Ministry of Local Government and Public Works, Deputy Legal Advisor Mrs Kudzai Tshuma called on workshop participants to draft by – laws in the best interest of the residents and ratepayers in line with the principles of good corporate governance.

Ministry of Local Government and Public Works, Deputy Legal Advisor Mrs Kudzai Tshuma commended City of Masvingo for the successful crafting of by – laws in the year 2022 and also for its diverse composition, noting that collective experience of participants and success in the local governance is essential to the growth of cities in line with the Vision 2030.

Compliance and drafting of by – laws is in line with the Urban Councils Act.

Eng. Edward Mukaratirwa, reiterated and reaffirmed the City of Masvingo’s commitment to delivering on its mandate as enunciated by the parent ministry and the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1).

By – Laws on discussion include; Air Pollution, Informal Trading, Regulation of derelict unoccupied and dangerous buildings, encroachment and projections on properties, prohibition of use of commercial shop and industrial properties for residential use.

Among those who are attending the workshop are officials from the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works, the City of Masvingo Town Clerk, Eng Edward Mukaratirwa, Chamber Secretary, Mr Vitalis Shonhai, Acting Director of Housing and Social Services, Mr Simbarashe Mandishona, Chief Environmental Health Officer, Ms Suzanne Madamombe, Finance Director, Mr Danister Jori, Deputy Director Engineering Services, Eng Kudzai Mbetu, Chief Internal Auditor, Mrs Dorcas Makusha and the City of Masvingo By – Law drafting technical team.

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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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