Vic Falls job op­por­tu­ni­ties fall­ing to out­siders

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Feature/national News - Leonard Ncube Vic­to­ria Falls Re­porter

VIC­TO­RIA Falls coun­cil­lors have ex­pressed con­cern over the em­ploy­ment of peo­ple from out­side the re­sort town in new projects, a de­vel­op­ment they say robs lo­cals of job op­por­tu­ni­ties in their own area.

Most busi­nesses in the re­sort town al­legedly hire peo­ple from out­side the town mostly from Harare, Bu­l­awayo, Masvingo and Gweru.

Res­i­dents have al­leged that even me­nial jobs are given to peo­ple from out­side their area.

The is­sue was dis­cussed at a full coun­cil meet­ing on Tues­day.

“We should be alerted when­ever a new com­pany opens in town so that we en­gage them and spell out Gov­ern­ment pol­icy that lo­cals should ben­e­fit in terms of em­ploy­ment,” said Ward 6 Cllr Ephias Mam­bume.

Vic­to­ria Falls Mayor Coun­cil­lor Si­fiso Mpofu im­plored busi­nesses to em­power lo­cal peo­ple through giv­ing them pref­er­en­tial treat­ment in terms of avail­able jobs.

“We can’t have peo­ple be­ing bused in for or­di­nary jobs that any­one can do. We would un­der­stand if that’s done for tech­ni­cal jobs. Vic­to­ria Falls also has able bod­ied peo­ple who must ben­e­fit,” said Cllr Mpofu.

“As much as it’s not our man­date as coun­cil to check on who gets em­ployed where, it’s our wish as lo­cal lead­ers that lo­cal peo­ple ben­e­fit from avail­able op­por­tu­ni­ties be­fore any­one else.”

Hwange Ru­ral Dis­trict Coun­cil vice chair­per­son Cllr Mathew Mu­leya also ex­pressed con­cern over fail­ure to em­ploy lo­cals.

“We can’t al­low a sit­u­a­tion where peo­ple bring their rel­a­tives from else­where when there are peo­ple who can be em­ployed lo­cally. Res­i­dents and chiefs raised the is­sue and we are tak­ing it se­ri­ously to cor­rect this,” he said. — @ncubeleon.

Vic­to­ria Falls Mayor Cllr Si­fiso Mpofu

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