By Sifiso Tshaka
The people of Gwanda have lamented poor road infrastructure, inadequate learning facilities, inefficient water and sewer systems, with rate payers calling on council put their house in order.
“We are being shortchanged by our council yet our bills are very high. We are therefore appealing to the city fathers to give us value for money,” a resident said.
In a bid to address these challenges and ensure the completion of key capital projects, Gwanda town Mayor Councillor Njabulo Siziba revealed that a crowd funding initiative has kicked-off.
He said, “We concede that we are resource constrained at the moment because our rate payers’ sources of income were affected by Covid-19.
“So, we are appealing to companies, the diaspora community, locals to help us in any way to complete outstanding projects and source machinery to improve service delivery.”
Stakeholder consultations are being seen as key to ensuring efficient service delivery.
Gwanda residents’ association representative Molvin Dube said, “We believe water provision is of paramount importance in this town. The infrastructure has outlived its life span and investment in this area is critical in order to cater for the growing population is key to us.”
Government has recently challenged local authorities across the country to shape up and ensure citizens get quality services.