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Mayor’s Christmas Cheer Fund launched

Mayor’s Christmas Cheer Fund was launched on Wednesday the 2nd of November 2022, and has so far received RTGs 135 120 .00 cash, RTGS 232, 500.00 pledges, US$120.00 and US$10 pledges and RTGS112 500.00 worth of goods and other donations.

Last year, the fund raised RTGs 297 000 .00 which was distributed to several institutions.

Companies and organisations that donated towards the cheer fund in cash and goods include Great Zimbabwe Realtors, Zhirahuru Properties, OK Zimbabwe, Rujeko Secondary School, Runyararo Primary School, Vurombo Primary School, Dikwindi Primary School, Rujeko Primary School and individuals.

Those who wish to donate to the Cheer Fund in support of the less privileged members of our community should contact the Chamber Secretary or deposit direct to the Christmas Cheer Fund Accounts and submit proof of payment to the Finance Director.

Our banking details are as follows:
Forex Account
Name: City of Masvingo
Bank: ZB Bank
Account Number: 4407094505405
Swift Code: ZBCOZWHX
Branch: Masvingo
Bank Address: 378 Robert Mugabe Way,
ZWL Account
Name: City of Masvingo
Bank: ZB Bank
Account Number: 4407094505200
Branch: Masvingo

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City of Masvingo received community nursing outreach equipment from one of its partners Africa Ahead organization on the 27th of October 2022 at Masvingo Civic Center.

The donation was in support of the expanded program on immunization.A set of community nursing outreach equipment was received and this equipment will be used during outreach programmes since most clients are prefering to seek immunization services closer to their homes more than going to health centers. The program on immunization will also target adminstraion of covid-19 vaccine since there is a low uptake of the Booster dose of covid 19 This will benefit the community as a whole as Masvingo is targeting to reach 100% herd immunity against covid 19.

From the donations, the face masks and sanitizers are to be given to the disabled clients for free. A branded gazebo, chairs, folded table and ice packs are to be used by nurses who will be vaccinating people in the community.

The ceremony was indeed a remarkable event as His Worship the Mayor C. Maboke, Councilor Chiteme, Councilor Musekiwa, Town Clerk E. Mukaratirwa, District Development Coordinator Mr R. Hove and Council management were present. The partnership between City of Masvingo and Africa Ahead will forever be maintained in support of the EPI program in Masvingo.


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Anyone Can Pick up Trash Happy October National Clean Up Day 2022


The City of Masvingo joined the rest of the nation in creating clean and healthy spaces on Friday the 7th of October 2022 at Mamutse open ground in ward 2 by sweeping and picking up stray bits of litter.

The cleaning efforts are part of the national clean-up campaign, which has seen the nation declaring zero tolerance to litter and setting aside the first Friday of every month as a national clean-up day.

The exercise brought together various stakeholders and was graced by the District Development Co-ordinator, Mr Ray Hove and His Worship the Mayor of the City of Masvingo Cllr Collen. Maboke among others.

National CleanUp Day is held monthly and promotes country-scale organized and individual cleanup events and volunteering to keep the outdoors clean and prevent the spread of diseases.

“Clean up campaigns raise awareness about the scale of the litter problem and get the community thinking about changing their behaviour. Clean up actions are also an effective way to bring communities together and by enhancing social bonds, make people more appreciative of their common environment”, said the Chief Environmental Health Officer, Ms S. Madamamombe.

The exercise attracted more than 200 volunteers, and many truck loads of waste were collected.

The event was coordinated by the Department of Health Services in collaboration with Environmental Management Agency to clean up trash and litter in Ward 2.

The National Clean Up Day introduced the Tailored CleanUp program for businesses, institutions and cities. The program is available to any participating business, educational institution, land manager, government entity or nonprofit. Companies like Byword Motors, Jadecon Construction and OK Mart also joined the City Council in the clean up exercise.

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City of Masvingo calls for inclusive budget consultation processes

As governed by the Urban Councils Act Cap 29:15, Public Finance Management Act, the Constitution of Zimbabwe and Circulars from the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works, the City of Masvingo has started Budget Consultations in a bid to solicit residents’ inputs and budget priorities for the year 2023.

The Local Authority kickstarted the consultations with a meeting with Aldermen and Business Advisory Board today the 6th of October 2022 at its Civic Centre offices, in an attempt to map out engagement strategies for the 2023 budget consultation.

The meeting was followed by meetings in wards 1 and 3 the same day.

During the consultation meetings residents were given feedback on the 2022 budget perfomance to ensure that residents input into the 2023 budget being informed. Projects like Runyararo South West clinic financed from Intergovernmental Fiscal transfer (Devolution Funds), Landfill, Rujeko Secondary School, rehabilitation of roads under ERRP2 programme and market sheds were successfully implemented. Establishment of Rujeko D Housing Project is also progressing well.

Residents urged the local authority to introduce free medication at its Council clinics, rehabilitation of public toilets to combat vandalism among other issues which were raised.

“We are urging Council to consider rehabilitation of public toilets and ensure each household have its own toilet to avert vandalism of Council infrastructure. ”, said a resident of Ward 1

In terms of the Urban Councils Act 29:15 (288) (2) (a) when the estimates (budget) has been approved by council and approved by the mayor copies of the estimates (budget) are made available for public inspection.

Furthermore, Section 219 (2) of the Urban Councils Act 29:15 specify that before any tariff or charges come into operation “a statement setting out the proposed tariff” shall be advertised in two issues of newspapers and posted at Council offices for a period of not less than 30 days.

The law also provides room for residents to object to the proposed tariffs for reconsideration by Council in terms of Section 219 (3) (a) and (b) of the Urban Councils Act 29:15.

The budget consultations are a critical process of priority and tariff setting.

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City of Masvingo makes notable progress towards construction of Rujeko Secondary School

Despite declining revenue efficiency, City of Masvingo has managed to embark on construction of modern two-unit classroom blocks at Rujeko Secondary School in preparation for 2023 enrolment.

The state-of-the-art facility is set to enhance teaching and learning in Rujeko, a location which had gone for years without a secondary school. Construction of the new secondary school has since closed the yawning gap, since it will cater for the residents of Rujeko and other adjacent suburbs. Pupils were being forced to cross the main Masvingo – Beitbridge highway to schools such as Ndarama High School, Masvingo Christian College and Mucheke High School.

The school opened doors for Form One pupils on the 14th of February 2022 with an initial enrolment of 200 pupils.

It was financed with the Council resources.

Council will continue to invest in the provision of educational infrastructure since education is key to national development.

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SSLA Training at Masvingo Civic Centre

In Zimbabwe, people with disabilities are not discriminated but rather recognized in all aspects to keep promoting the base of equality to every citizen. In support to the importance of gender on the disabled ones especially for the deaf, Masvingo City  Council held a four day training being facilitated by Sunrise Sign Language Academy (SSLA) from  the 13th of June to 16th of June 2022 at Civic Centre.


The Trainers worked hand in hand with Sign Language Interpreters Association of Zimbabwe and Reformed Church University. Not all workers at Masvingo City Council attended the training sessions but it selected two workers from each department, two Councillors from Gender Committee and four workers from Municipal police. Sign language is pivotal in the Council and it is going to be taught to many employees as this training was just the beginning.


Mr D. Mapeta and Miss Praise from SSLA were the ones who were teaching them sign language covering all categories. The trainees wrote two final exams on their last day of the training and according to the trainers, Mr Mapeta and Praise the performance was exceptional. They decided not to only end on exams but also to proceed to a graduation ceremony to all those who had excelled the exams. The graduation is taking place on the 17th of June 2022 at Civic Centre


The training reflects commitment by Masvingo city Council to include all stakeholders in development of the City.





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Councillors tour the Bushmead Water Treatment Plant

As part of a comprehensive induction to help new councillors to settle in,  understand their roles and expectations, forge strong relationships with employees, and to build competence and confidence in serving their community, councilors got a close up look at where the city and surroundings get their water from and how it is treated today the 15th of June 2022 during a four-hour tour that led them from the Intake tower at Bushmead to water treatment plant.

Council held the tour of all stages of water purification from the intake towers to the final stage.The tour allowed the newly elected councillors to appreciate the operations. 

According to the Acting Director of Engineering Services, Eng. Kudzanai Mbetu the tour was really necessary for the both council management and councillors to walk through the facility to appreciate the operations.  

The newly elected councillors; Ward 4 Councillor, Aleck Tabe and Ward 5 Councillor, Rocky Kamuzonda were joined by their fellow councillors, Ward 10 councillor, Sengerai Manyanga, Ward 9 Councillor Babylon Beta, Ward 1 Councillor, Alderman Selina Maridza, Ward 7 Councillor, Richard Musekiwa and Council management, the Town Clerk, Eng Edward Mukaratirwa, Acting Director Engineering Servives, Eng. Kudzaishe Mbetu, Acting Finance Director, Mr. Danister Jori and Acting Director of Housing and Social Services, Mr. Simbarashe Mandishona.

However, other councillors and council managers were unable to join the tour due to other council duties.


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Going beyond the broom

Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Hon Ezra Chadzamira on Friday the 3rd of July 2022 led the Masvingo community in cleaning up the environment at Garikai Market  where he planted the Kenan Cropon tree from Kenya and reiterated the need to keep a clean environment in line with the Government’s Vision 2030.


Minister Chadzamira, who addressed people after the clean-up exercise, commented the City of Masvingo for being one of the few local authorities to have a landfill which is a well-engineered and managed facility for the disposal of solid waste.


‘I would like to appreciate the efforts by the City of Masvingo for coming up with a landfill for proper waste management.


The raising anti-littering awareness in Masvingo by conducting a physical clean up exercise and involving various stakeholders  such as government agencies, regulatory authorities, residents and businesses has been a success in Masvingo since the inception of the programme in 2018.


Hon Chadzamira went on to applaud the Government’s efforts on infrastructure development especially road construction and maintenance under the Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme.


District heads,  Provincial heads, Masvingo City Councillors, His Worship, The Mayor, Cllr. C. Maboke,  JOC members, Commissioners, ZANU PF Provincial Chairman, Hon Robson Mavhenyengwa and other dignitaries participated during the clean up exercise.



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City of Masvingo recruits guards

To improve Municipal policing standards, City of Masvingo recently undertook a rigorous training programme for its guards. The training took on board 16 guards who were all new recruits.


The training of 16 guards took  6 weeks, culminating in a pass-out parade conducted on 30 May 2022. The training covered both the physical aspects  of policing as well as the theoretical concepts. The course content included aspects such as Municipal code of conduct, foot drill, duties and responsibilities of a guard, history of Masvingo City Council, briefing and de-briefing, powers to arrest, search and seizure, communication, customer care, welfare, discipline, report writing and statement recording, static guarding or patrolling duties and municipal books and records.


His Worship, The Mayor, Cllr. C Maboke who was the Guest of Honour at the pass-out parade presented the graduates with certificates.


In his speech, Mayor Maboke highlighted that the role of security guards in modern society involves moderation of the behaviour of mankind through the enforcement of laws and by-laws.


The pass-out parade immensely benefited from the presence of senior council management, the Town Clerk and Chamber Secretary.

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Capacity building workshop for newly elected junior council, a resounding success



The National Junior Councils Association of Zimbabwe (NJCAZ) in conjunction with the Ministry of Justice and Parliamentary Affairs coordinated a training and consultations workshop for the newly elected junior councillors for Masvingo City Council on Friday the 27th of May 2022 with the aim to develop the Universal Periodic Review Action Plan for the child.


Speaking during the workshop, NJCAZ Operations Officer, Trish Zengeya said the Ministry of Justice and parliamentary Affairs was tasked by the government to train and make consultations in line with children’s rights in all spheres.


‘NJCAZ is partnering the Ministry of Justice and Parliamentary Affairs which has been tasked by the government on this training and consultations programme with the aim of developing the Universal Periodic Review Action Plan for the child related accepted recommendations.


The Universal Periodic Review Action Plan is done every 4 years. Recommendations from children are taken for implementation. It is also during these workshops that monitoring and evaluation of the government’s policies is made’, she said.


The junior council was also sensitised on strategies in which they can lobby Policy Makers to ensure  that the rights of children are protected, promoted and respected. The main priority areas of focus were; access to quality health care for children, access to quality education and child protection.

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