Govt to mod­ernise old town­ships

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

“At the mo­ment the old town­ships have se­ri­ous di­lap­i­dated in­fra­struc­ture and are over­crowded in­creas­ing their res­i­dents’ risks of con­tract­ing dis­eases.”

Min­is­ter Moyo said Gov­ern­ment has en­gaged prop­erty de­vel­op­ers who are com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing liv­ing con­di­tions for the peo­ple.

“There are pro­pos­als from de­vel­op­ers who are say­ing we are will­ing to go into Makokoba Town­ship for in­stance. They have given us the con­cepts in broad terms.

“We agreed and they have gone to talk to the peo­ple who live in those town­ships to say if we do this and re­gen­er­ate it, spruce it up so that it can be­come a mod­ern area, is that ac­cept­able to res­i­dents? This is the con­cept that is part of our com­mand hous­ing,” he said.

Min­is­ter Moyo said his Min­istry was also con­sid­er­ing con­struct­ing flats in Cen­tral Busi­ness Dis­tricts to ac­com­mo­date par­tic­u­larly the youths.

He said as new sub­urbs are ex­pand­ing beyond the ex­ist­ing ur­ban cen­tres, Gov­ern­ment is con­sid­er­ing es­tab­lish­ing satel­lite towns to ease pres­sure in ex­ist­ing cen­tral busi­ness dis­tricts.

“Around Bu­l­awayo for ex­am­ple, we have ar­eas that fall un­der Umguza Ru­ral Dis­trict Coun­cil in­stead of Bu­l­awayo. We want to build small town cen­tres for such ar­eas,” said Min­is­ter Moyo. — @ nqot­shili

swiped for $370 at OK Mart.

“The bank quickly blocked the card but I think it was too late be­cause in the evening we got an­other text mes­sage show­ing $200 more had been swiped. I think the mes­sage de­layed com­ing on the phone be­cause of net­work prob­lems,” Ms Tshuma said.

Ms Tshuma and her hus­band Mr Wil­lard Mpala pro­ceeded to the po­lice to make a re­port.

At OK Mart, footage from the CCTV showed that the three men bought car­tons of cig­a­rettes worth $370.

Ms Tshuma said she is now afraid to leave her home be­cause she is trau­ma­tised.

Po­lice spokesper­son for Mata­bele­land North prov­ince Chief In­spec­tor Siphiwe Makonese said: “We re­ceived a re­port about the is­sue and in­ves­ti­ga­tions are un­der­way.” — @ncubeleon

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