By ZBC Reporter
Local authorities have been challenged to make use of digital systems which are key in achieving smart cities by 2025.
This Friday saw a delegation led by Harare Metropolitan Minister of State and Provincial Affairs and Devolution Senator Oliver Chidau embarking on an assessment tour of state-owned entity TelOne Data Centre, Contact Centre and National Operation Centre.
Harare Provincial Development Coordinator Tafadzwa Muguti noted that the use of digital systems in service delivery is key to realising smart cities by 2025.
Through the use of technology, councils will know which sewer pipes are not functioning and it will help in identifying gaps in service delivery. We are on a drive to improve the quality of service being delivered. HIT will install the local authority digital system for Harare, Chitungwiza, Ruwa and Epworth,he said.
Harare Metropolitan Minister of State and Provincial Affairs and Devolution Senator Oliver Chidawu indicated that the province is intensifying the drive towards achieving smart cities in line with National Development Strategy One (NDS1).
NDS1 has various ICT points which we should strive to achieve as councils. Villages should also be having internet by 2030 which will increase interaction between government and people. Local authorities should develop their working relationships with TelOne as we strive for a digital economy. The vision of the second republic championed by NDS1 is to transform the local towns into smart cities,said Chidawu.
The brains behind the local authorities’ digital systems (LADS) Engineer Tererai Maphosa from Harare Institute of Technology hailed government for believing in local innovations.
I would like to applaud the second republic for creating an enabling environment for local talent. They have confidence in local talent which is so encouraging. It gives us the confidence to keep on coming up with innovations that provide solutions to our local problems,noted Maphosa.
The newly adopted LADS is already bearing fruit, with Mutare City managing to clear debts through the system which now monitors its financial systems.