Lake Chivero’s slow, foretold death

Lake Chivero’s slow, foretold death 1

By Harmony Agere Lake Chivero, a reservoir on the Manyame River and Harare’s main water supply dam, is facing a slow but sure death. LAKE CHIVERO A cocktail of siltation, droughts, algae, the destruction of wetlands and the water hyacinth weed is threatening the existence of this important water source which has a carrying capacity of 247 million cubic metres of water. After announcing a punishing water rationing schedule, the Harare City Council further announced that the capital’s main water source was left with only 18 months stash of water.…

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Ex-Harare town clerk trial date set

Ex-Harare town clerk trial date set 2

By Shamiso Dzingire The State has set February 11 as the trial date for former Harare town clerk Tendai Mahachi.Mahachi is facing charges of criminal abuse of office after he allegedly corruptly contracted a “Ukrainian” company to undertake the $80 million Airport Road rehabilitation project. Former Harare Town Clerk Tendai Mahachi (Picture by NewsDay) The State also set February 11 as the trial date for ex-Harare Commission chairperson Michael Mahachi who is also facing similar allegations. Allegations against the pair are that on May 21, 2008, the City of Harare…

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Harare won’t charge in US dollars’

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By Helen Kadirire Despite the continued economic hardships, Harare residents will not be compelled to pay their water bills solely in United States dollars. Hosea Chisango In an interview with the Daily News, Harare City Council Town Clerk Hosea Chisango said residents would still pay through the normal channels and local currency. The country has been experiencing one of its most crippling economic crises since 2008 with constant shortages of cash and fuel while prices of basic commodities are skyrocketing. Related Articles “Our bills will remain in the currency that…

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Harare, Chinese firm negotiate $350m deal

Harare, Chinese firm negotiate $350m deal 4

By Innocent Ruwende The Harare City Council is negotiating a deal with a Chinese firm, China Gezhoba Group International Engineering, to replace or upgrade the city’s existing water mains, connections, fittings and other agreed works at a cost of $350 million. Harare mayor councillor Herbert Gomba Most of the city’s water infrastructure is now very old and needs replacement. The Chinese firm has offered to secure a loan from China Exim Bank through preferential buyer’s credit or concessional loan and will send its team of engineers and other professionals to…

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RBZ fails to release money for refuse trucks

RBZ fails to release money for refuse trucks 5

By Helen Kadirire The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) is yet to release the money required by Harare City Council (HCC) to pay duty for the 15 refuse trucks that have been stuck in South Africa. Harare City Council refuse collection truck (Picture by NewsDay) The trucks which were purchased in September 2017 were part of a fleet of 30 garbage compactors procured under a $30million multi-bank loan facility. Last year, town clerk Hosea Chisango led by the mayor, Herbert Gomba engaged RBZ governor John Mangudya on the matter which…

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Harare left with 18 months’ water supply

Harare left with 18 months’ water supply 6

By Innocent Ruwende and Vanessa Makava Harare’s main water supply dam, Lake Chivero, is now left with water to last only 18 months largely due to siltation, droughts and algae, which has also affected water quality. Lake Chivero Harare city officials say water levels have gone down by as much as three metres, while the depth of the lake has been reduced by about 8,0 metres due to siltation. There are fears the situation could worsen due to the El-Nino phenomenon, with weather experts predicting the country will receive normal…

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Residents slam proposed water rationing Helen Kadirire

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By Helen Kadirire Harare residents have warned that the water-rationing regime mulled by the city will further plunge the capital city into a disease outbreak era. Lake Chivero Community Water Alliance national coordinator Hildaberta Rwambiwa told the Daily News that they had warned council on the need to protect the city’s catchment areas but to no avail. Rwambiwa’s remarks come as Harare City Council has said that in the coming two weeks, they will start water rationing as Lake Chivero levels have drastically reduced because of the lack of rains. “The…

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Harare budgets $52m for roads

Harare budgets $52m for roads 7

By Nokuthaba Nkomo Harare City Council (HCC) has set aside a budget of over $50 million to repair the capital city’s dilapidated and pot hole-infested roads with effect from January 2019. File picture of road construction Harare mayor Hebert Gomba said the road rehabilitation programme is set to start early January as the council is targeting to repair 10 roads per ward around Harare’s suburbs and Central Business District (CBD) next year. “Our budget for 2019 is $52 million. We are looking at doing a parallel programme that deals with…

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Harare gets US$1,2m for water chemicals

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By Yeukai Karengezeka The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) has released US$1,2 million to Harare City Council for the procurement of water treatment chemicals, an official has said. Harare City Council corporate communications manager Mr Michael Chideme Council requires an average of $2,5 million to $2,8 million every month to pay for the chemicals. Harare corporate communications manager Mr Michael Chideme said the money came at the right time as the local authority had run out of some of the chemicals. Related Articles “We appreciate the continued commitment by the…

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Council mulls $1 health levy

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On Dec 17, 2018 17,899 2 By Nyasha Mlambo and Rejoy Masengedzero Harare City Council is considering introducing a medical levy that will see households contributing $1 every month towards the fund. Harare Mayor Councillor Herbert Gomba (left) seen here with Tendai Biti at the 2018 opposition MDC party “end of year presidential dinner dance”. Under the proposed scheme, each household will pay the money together with their monthly utility bill. This was said by Harare Mayor Councillor Herbert Gomba at Wilkins Hospital yesterday where he donated groceries and baby…

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