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Report on the City of Harare [S.C 20, 2006]
of the Portfolio Committee on Transport & Communications
First Session – Sixth Parliament, Parliament of Zimbabwe
Presented to Parliament on June 15, 2006
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had according to its workplan for the remainder of the session,
planned to enquire on the turn around strategies being implemented
in the transport and communications sectors. The Committee, therefore,
enquired into the activities of the City of Harare as a local government
authority that was mandated to undertake the development and maintenance
of road infrastructure. The Committee was appraised on street lighting,
traffic lights, commuter pick up points, the plans for Mbare Musika
bus terminus, accident black spots, parking discs and road safety.
The Committee was informed
that the City of Harare had short-term projects in the form of pothole
patching, bus parking bay markings, repairing of bus shelters and
erection of candlesticks. In the medium term the City of Harare
intended to float tenders for electronic booms. In the long term
the City officials plan to implement the redevelopment of Mbare
Musika terminus on a Built Operate Transfer system (BOT). The BOT
would then assess the feasibility of destroying any structures or
identifying new cites and would also be responsible for the relocation
of the families living in the Joburg lines. The Committee was not
agreeable to the idea of relocating people due to the costs involved
and therefore recommended alternative cites.
The Committee was informed
that the congestion being experienced at pick up points was due
to a lack of adequate ablution facilities. The officials from the
City of Harare stated that there were projects that had already
been undertaken to build toilets at pick up points that have been
identified e.g. a new toilet was being constructed at Mbare Musika
terminus. The Committee was also appraised on the plans for parking
disks that are being distributed at times being by street kids.
The Committee was furnished with a schedule of public works that
are in progress with deadlines that have been appended to this report.
The targets that have been set are achievable with the resources
that have been availed to the authority. The Committee was on the
overall impressed by the speed of implementation of Committee observations
and recommendations that have been made to the authority.
The Committee also noted
with concern the relationship between Zimbabwe Electricity Supply
Authority (ZESA) and the City of Harare and recommends that the
two parastatals should find a way of addressing issues that emerge
that could pose a threat to people’s lives. Traffic signalling
has been heavily compromised and alternative methods should be implemented
to avert danger.
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