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City of Harare mid-year service delivery summary analysis - 2012
Residents Association (CHRA)
July 05, 2012
of water has improved despite the fact that City of Harare is still
struggling to meet the growing demand inspired by the ever growing
population. Harare's Morton Jeffery waterworks is currently
supplying water to Harare, Chitungwiza and Norton. Harare alone
needs at least 1,300 mega litres of water daily but the current
supply per day ranges from 600-700 mega liters which is approximately
half of the demand. This is posing a serious threat to areas in
the uppers side of Harare for instance hillside, Mabvuku-Tafara,
highlands, Greystone-park and Borrowdale. However, of the 600 litres
that is being produced by at least 40% of the water is being lost
through uncontrolled leakage.
has slightly improved since Banc-ABC facilitated the purchase of
20 trucks and a sizable number of compacters for refuse removal.
However, Harare needs at least 56 refuse trucks in order to sustain
refuse collection twice a week in all of Harare's suburbs
and industry. Dumpsites are still being seen in selected areas which
is a cause for concern and this has been exacerbated by the pressure
on the current truck servicing Harare.
Harare is currently
depending on sewer lines that were inserted during the Salisbury
era. The pipes have now succumbed to immense rusting hence sewer
bursts continue to happen. City of Harare through the assistance
of the ministry of finance has been able to embark on a pipe replacement
program for both sewer and water. This explains the unending digging
in town where pipes are being traced and replaced. Harare is sitting
on its own catchment area and this simply means that it is releasing
its own sewer effluent into its own water source. Last year, the
environmental management agency [E.M.A] fined the city of Harare
$15 000USD for releasing raw sewer into Hunyani river.
Mayor Muchadeyi Masunda admitted in 2011 that the city had a huge
housing backlog. Over a million people are on the housing list and
the list is expected to rise by 5% every year. Council's Housing
department has been blamed for the slow pace of implementing Housing
projects. The housing situation is dire in Mbare with as many as
three families sharing a room. This has placed a lot of pressure
on sewer services and burst sewer pipes are common in these areas.
The overcrowding has become a breeding ground for infectious diseases.
In a newspaper report, Mbare's councilor, Friday Muleya expressed
concern that since last year's launch of the Bill and Melinda
Gates Foundation US$5 million housing project, residents in his
area continued to wait in vain. He revealed that he had ten (10)
cooperatives he was working with in Kuwadzana but only one which
was formed in 2004 was allocated land in February 2004.
the Harare City Council's Education, Housing and Community
Services and Licensing Committee minutes dated September 27 2011,
CABS Building society entered into an agreement with Council which
would result in the construction of low cost housing units in Harare's
high density suburbs. CABS would be allocated 3102 residential stands
from the 4558 created from the subdivision earmarked for the Budiriro
Housing Development Project. Council also commissioned a US$5 million
low cost housing Project with Fidelity. None of these Housing projects
have yet benefitted the homeless.
has been refurbishing most of its hospitals with assistance from
donors. The International Committee of the Red Cross and other donors
has assisted Council with drugs and equipment. There are also other
partners who assist like the German government. It's encouraging
that council hospitals and clinics are offering better health care
services than some government ones with some government hospitals
referring patients to council facilities. Council health institutions
are also remunerating their staff better than government. The council
facilities are also well stocked with drugs and are charging reasonable
affordable rates for treatment. While standards of health provision
by council still need improvement the good work and effort put in
must not go unnoticed.
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