MASVINGO City Council has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Masvingo Polytechnic to conduct a survey aimed at creating a new property database for the local authority.
By Tatenda Chitagu
Speaking after the signing ceremony last Thursday, mayor Hubert Fidze said the city’s property database had become outdated, hence the decision to upgrade it.
“My council has decided to carry out a property survey for the whole city. In a bid to improve service delivery, urban local authorities are carrying out peer reviews to assess each other on the quality of services offered to residents. These services vary from provision of water, liquid waste management; refuse collection, housing delivery, among other things.
“Our objectives of the property survey include enumeration of all properties in town, documenting all property in town by ownership, determine if clients are being billed for the services they are consuming and make recommendations for improving service delivery, “ Fidze said.
The cost of the survey, usually done after every five years, is $12 000, Fidze said.
He said they decided to tap into the existing expertise in the area by partnering the Masvingo Polytechnic.
Masvingo Polytechnic principal Evan Musara said they were up to the task and pledged the institution’s commitment to complete the task.
“I would like to state our full commitment to this project and to ensure our full commitment to this project and total fulfilment of the its intended objectives,” he said.
The survey will take about three weeks. Masvingo city has 100 000 residents, according to the last census survey.