BCC in­tro­duces pal­isade fenc­ing, to get rid of se­cu­rity guards

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nqo­bile Tshili Chronicle Correspondent

THE Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil (BCC) has in­tro­duced pal­isade fenc­ing, do­ing away with se­cu­rity guards, in a de­vel­op­ment ex­pected to save the mu­nic­i­pal­ity about $1 mil­lion a year in over­time al­lowances.

The mu­nic­i­pal­ity in­stalled pal­isade fences at its 33 wa­ter and pump sta­tions sit­u­ated across the city, re­de­ploy­ing its se­cu­rity guards to other ar­eas.

BCC’s act­ing Town Clerk Mrs Sikhangele Zhou on Fri­day said pal­isade fenc­ing will as­sist the coun­cil in deal­ing with the con­tentious salary is­sue.

She was speak­ing at the com­mis­sion­ing of a pal­isade fence and Aisleby 3 sew­er­age treat­ment works.

“This will help us to meet the 30:70 salaries to rev­enue ra­tio pre­scribed for staff.

“The coun­cil will now be able to save about $1 mil­lion a year in over­time al­lowances be­sides im­prov­ing con­di­tions of ser­vice for the se­cu­rity guards who were sta­tioned alone in bushy ar­eas far away from peo­ple. This will also im­prove ser­vice de­liv­ery,” said Mrs Zhou.

Speak­ing at the same event, the city’s Mayor Coun­cil­lor Martin Moyo said the coun­cil in­stal­la­tion of pal­isade fenc­ing was a tes­ti­mony of us­ing tech­nol­ogy to solve in­sti­tu­tional chal­lenges.

He said de­ploy­ing man­power at wa­ter pumps was gob­bling a lot of money as the premises had to be guarded at all times.

“With the fi­nan­cial chal­lenges fac­ing coun­cil and the na­tion at large, this had be­come un­sus­tain­able hence the need to use tech­nol­ogy and phys­i­cal bar­rier fences, ra­zor wire and re­motely mon­i­tored alarm sys­tem at 33 sites in the city at the con­tract price of $337 800,” he said.

He said com­mis­sion­ing of Aisleby 3 sew­er­age treat­ment works was con­fir­ma­tion of the city’s com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing waste man­age­ment.

Clr Moyo said the city is aware of the need to ad­dress issues to do with raw af­flu­ent be­ing discharged into Umguza River.

“The com­mis­sion­ing of Aisleby 3 treat­ment works is by no means the fi­nal so­lu­tion to the prob­lems of en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tion. We still have a lot to do at Aisleby 1 and 2. It is our hope that this will lead to func­tion­ing sewer works,” said Clr Moyo.

“What we’re do­ing today is the be­gin­ning of an ar­du­ous road to­wards a pol­lu­tion-free Umguza catch­ment, an area where man and na­ture will in live in har­mony, and a place where man and na­ture will ex­ist in eco­log­i­cal equi­lib­rium.”

He called on the En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Agency not to fine the coun­cil over pol­lu­tion say­ing the fines were be­com­ing a hin­drance in ad­dress­ing ef­flu­ent prob­lems. — @nqot­shili

One of Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil’s 33 sites at As­cot in Bu­l­awayo where pal­isade fenc­ing has been erected

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