Bulawayo City Council (BCC) has pledged to increase its refuse collection frequency after it received three refuse trucks from the German and Australian embassies.
Speaking at the launch of the BCC-Germany-Australian Co-operation Programme at the Large City Hall on Wednesday, Bulawayo mayor Thaba Moyo said the partnership would enhance service delivery in the city.
“I am particularly excited as this programme will further enhance the gains that have been made in the efficient delivery of water and sanitation services,” he said.
“I am aware that the people of Germany are currently assisting Gweru, Kadoma, Kariba and Norton in safeguarding water supply and sanitation. Council, is therefore, honoured to have this facility extended to the people of Bulawayo.”
Moyo said the frequency of refuse collection would improve and that the municipality along with the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) had intensified patrols to arrest litter bugs.
“With the receipt of these three refuse compactors, the cleanliness of Bulawayo will definitely improve.
“The increased frequency of removal of refuse will be reinforced and the culture of illegal dumping reduced. Unscrupulous illegal dumpers must be warned that council, in liaison with EMA, has intensified patrols to apprehend offenders who will be fined heavily.”
German Ambassador to Zimbabwe Hans Gnodtke said his country intended to alleviate poverty in Zimbabwe.
“We have continued with our assistance to alleviate poverty and clean water is one of our forms of assistance,” he said. “Due to the recent cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe, we saw it fit to make this kind of a donation to Bulawayo.”