Let’s stop road car­nage

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Ed­u­ca­tion

Gov­ern­ment will en­sure the achieve­ments of the sec­tor are main­tained and broaden ac­cess by in­vest­ing in the up­grad­ing of in­fra­struc­ture and ad­di­tional new fa­cil­i­ties.

Con­struc­tion of 17 pri­mary and sec­ondary schools, funded through OFID is on-go­ing at a cost of US$21 mil­lion and are ex­pected to be com­plete by end of 2018.

Fea­si­bil­ity stud­ies for 100 schools are un­der­way, with re­sources be­ing mo­bilised through joint ven­tures. Con­struc­tion of in­no­va­tion hubs at six state uni­ver­si­ties cur­rently un­der­way with the scope be­ing broad­ened to cover other uni­ver­si­ties.

The Midlands State Univer­sity’s in­no­va­tion hub was com­mis­sioned in June 2018. De­vel­op­ment of in­fra­struc­ture at new state uni­ver­si­ties will also be pri­ori­tised.

Con­struc­tion of ac­com­mo­da­tion, teach­ing and learn­ing fa­cil­i­ties will be im­ple­mented, com­ple­mented by pri­vate sec­tor fund­ing through joint ven­tures.

Hous­ing

Pro­vi­sion of hous­ing stands and the req­ui­site so­cial ameni­ties will be pri­ori­tised to ad­dress the hous­ing back­log. All out­stand­ing in­sti­tu­tional ac­com­mo­da­tion projects that had stalled due to the eco­nomic chal­lenges of the past decade will also be com­pleted.

Through the In­fra­struc­ture De­vel­op­ment Bank, UDCORP and NSSA, Gov­ern­ment will mo­bilise fund­ing from the mar­ket to­wards the ser­vic­ing of stands and con­struc­tion of houses coun­try­wide.

Some of the projects al­ready un­der­way in­clude the fol­low­ing: IDBZSumbem (370 low den­sity stands in Mt Pleas­ant Harare), Em­pumalanga West (2 135high den­sity stands in Bu­l­awayo), Kariba (1 560 high, medium and low den­sity stands),

Clip­sham II (600 medium and low den­sity stands), Gwanda (1 000 high den­sity stands), Chiredzi (1 800 mixed den­sity stands), Ne­mamwa (222 medium den­sity stands), Makonde (197 mixed den­sity stands) and Dzi­varasekwa phase 2 (737 high den­sity stands).

Through on­go­ing land ac­qui­si­tions, IDBZ plans to de­velop hous­ing schemes and ac­com­mo­da­tion for stu­dents, aca­demic and med­i­cal staff in towns such as Zvisha­vane, Maron­dera, Harare, Masvingo, Plumtree, Lu­pane, Bu­l­awayo, Gwanda, Chegutu and Kadoma, among oth­ers. NSSADzi­varasekwa (600 houses), New­mara (400 houses), Knochmal­lock (267 houses), Stoner­idge (200 houses), Batanai Lot A (360 houses), Batanai Lot B (363 houses), Glau­d­ina Apart­ments (288 flats), Glau­d­ina Mer­wede (100 houses) and Hopeville (71 houses). UDCORP — Hat­cliff (6 000 stands), Shirt, in Bu­l­awayo (50 stands of 2 000m2 each), Cale­do­nia (29 000 stands), Dunot­tar (10 000 stands), Glen­view (Con­struc­tion of 4 storey flats each with 8 apart­ments), Man­resa (De­vel­op­ment of 320 flats in Ta­fara), Chirundu, Umvutcha, Gim­boki and Re­treat.

The fi­nan­cial sec­tor, par­tic­u­larly build­ing so­ci­eties are also im­ple­ment­ing var­i­ous hous­ing de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes through pro­vi­sion of hous­ing stands in most ur­ban set­tle­ments.

With re­gards to in­sti­tu­tional ac­com­mo­da­tion, all projects that had stalled due to the eco­nomic chal­lenges of the past decade will be com­pleted, par­tic­u­larly the fol­low­ing: Courts — Chin­hoyi, Gwanda and Maron­dera pro­vin­cial mag­is­trates’ courts, at a cost of US$23,1 mil­lion.

Com­pos­ite of­fices — Lu­pane, Mu­toko, Wedza, Si­akobvu, Mhon­doro and Mbire at a to­tal cost of US$21.3 mil­lion. In­sti­tu­tional hous­ing — Lu­pane Civil Ser­vants houses, Zim­babwe Prisons staff houses, Dzi­varasekwa houses, Im­mi­gra­tion and Zimra staff houses as well as staff houses for Mahusekwa, Mpilo and Tsholot­sho hos­pi­tals, at a cost of 12,2 mil­lion. New Par­lia­ment build­ing — to be con­structed through a grant from the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China at an es­ti­mated cost of US$145 mil­lion.

Con­struc­tion of Lu­pane pro­vin­cial hos­pi­tal, Mbuya Maswa clinic in Zaka, Chi­romo clinic in Gokwe and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and up­grad­ing works for the four cen­tral hos­pi­tals.

ICT

Dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy has dras­ti­cally changed our ev­ery­day life and busi­ness pro­cesses, pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for coun­tries to leapfrog decades of un­der­de­vel­op­ment and catch up with the rest of the world.

Gov­ern­ment will in­vest in dig­i­tal in­fra­struc­ture that con­nects all ma­jor eco­nomic cen­tres with fi­bre op­tic to im­prove ac­cess to key ser­vices and mar­kets to cit­i­zens, whilst the E-Gov­ern­ment pro­gramme will be ex­panded to cover other pub­lic ser­vices in or­der to bring more con­ve­nience to the pub­lic.

The Zim­babwe Dig­i­tal Broad­cast­ing Migration Project, un­der im­ple­men­ta­tion at a cost of US$173 mil­lion, has so far re­ceived US$64 mil­lion which has al­lowed for the com­ple­tion of two dig­i­tal tele­vi­sion stu­dios and 18 trans­mit­ter sites among oth­ers.

The bal­ance of US$109 mil­lion will tar­get dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion of the re­main­ing 30 trans­mis­sion sites, 4 tele­vi­sion stu­dios, 11 ra­dio stu­dios, 6 con­tent pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties and 7 out­side broad­cast­ing vans among oth­ers. Con­sis­tent with Vi­sion 2030, Gov­ern­ment is in­ten­si­fy­ing ef­forts to bring in­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity to ev­ery house­hold coun­try­wide.

This will also fa­cil­i­tate de­vel­op­ment of com­mu­nity in­for­ma­tion cen­tres across the coun­try, with 250 cen­tres al­ready set up. To com­ple­ment Gov­ern­ment ef­forts, the IDBZ is in­volved in ICT through ex­plor­ing the do­main of fi­bre op­tic back­bone and dis­tri­bu­tion in­fra­struc­ture.

In ad­di­tion, the Bank is ex­plor­ing to fi­nance the roll out of ded­i­cated ICT in­fra­struc­ture to fa­cil­i­tate in­ter­con­nec­tiv­ity among in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing across the coun­try. The Bank is scan­ning for in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in the roll-out of wire­less broad­band net­work across

Zim­babwe un­der PPPs. This pro­gramme is ex­pected to de­liver ef­fi­cient com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tems at lower cost to the econ­omy, con­sis­tent with the coun­try’s de­vel­op­ment thrust.

Ir­ri­ga­tion De­vel­op­ment Vi­sion 2030 recog­nises that lim­ited ir­ri­ga­tion in­fra­struc­ture fa­cil­i­ties in­crease vul­ner­a­bil­ity of agri­cul­ture to drought and, hence, com­pro­mise all other in­ter­ven­tions such as fi­nanc­ing and tech­ni­cal sup­port.

To date, the coun­try has 210 000 hectares of de­vel­oped ir­ri­ga­tion of which 175 000 hectares are op­er­a­tional. The ex­ist­ing Ir­ri­ga­tion Mas­ter Plan tar­gets sup­port for the even­tual re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and es­tab­lish­ment of ir­ri­ga­tion fa­cil­i­ties to cover 2,5 mil­lion hectares.

The tar­get is, there­fore, to add 200 hectares per Ad­min­is­tra­tive Dis­trict per year over the Vi­sion 2030 pe­riod of 12 years, and this re­quires forg­ing part­ner­ships with ex­ter­nal part­ners.

This will boost pro­duc­tion across the coun­try’s vast arable and un­der-utilised tracts of land, draw­ing from sev­eral dams whose wa­ters re­main idle.

As a re­sult, crit­i­cal ar­eas for in­vest­ment are in ir­ri­ga­tion and mech­a­ni­sa­tion equip­ment, fer­tiliser and other in­puts pro­duc­tion, among oth­ers.

Tar­geted ir­ri­ga­tion schemes are: Nyanje Ir­ri­ga­tion Scheme re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion idle for over a decade in Gokwe, set to ben­e­fit over 1 000 farm­ers in Kana, Ses­same, Man­oti, Nkayi, Silo­bela and Zhombe, among oth­ers.

Nyakomba Ir­ri­ga­tion Scheme with sup­port from JICA, set to ben­e­fit 570 hectares in Nyanga.

The Zhove Ir­ri­ga­tion Project with sup­port of US$37 mil­lion from Kuwait Fund to ben­e­fit 2 600 house­holds in Beit­bridge at an av­er­age of 1ha per house­hold. Small­holder Ir­ri­ga­tion Sup­port Pro­gramme with sup­port of US$52 mil­lion from IFAD, OFID and Gov­ern­ment to ben­e­fit 12 200 house­holds in Man­i­ca­land, Midlands, Masvingo and Mata­bele­land South.

Tugwi Mukosi Ir­ri­ga­tion scheme, which is still at fea­si­bil­ity study stage, tar­gets 25 000 hectares in the Chivi and Masvingo dis­tricts at an es­ti­mated cost of US$150 mil­lion.

Muzwi Ir­ri­ga­tion Scheme, tar­get­ing 800 hectares in Masvingo Dis­trict is at fea­si­bil­ity study stage at an es­ti­mated cost of US$5 mil­lion. Os­borne Ir­ri­ga­tion Scheme, tar­get­ing 5 000 hectares in Mu­tasa Dis­trict is at fea­si­bil­ity study stage at an es­ti­mated cost of US$70 mil­lion.

Biri Ir­ri­ga­tion Scheme, tar­get­ing 2 000 hectares in Chegutu Dis­trict is at fea­si­bil­ity study stage at an es­ti­mated cost of US$8 mil­lion. Lil­stock Ir­ri­ga­tion Scheme, tar­get­ing 2 000 hectares in Bin­dura Dis­trict is at fea­si­bil­ity study stage at an es­ti­mated cost of US$12 mil­lion.

DDF small ir­ri­ga­tion schemes, dis­trib­uted across the coun­try will be im­ple­mented at a cost of US$15 mil­lion. The African De­vel­op­ment Bank will also be sup­port­ing data col­lec­tion en­hance­ment for ef­fec­tive wa­ter-re­lated dis­as­ter management to the tune of €387 628. The Grant will fi­nance pro­cure­ment and con­struc­tion of hy­dro­log­i­cal sys­tems, weather sta­tions, rain­fall sen­sors, wa­ter pump and in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy equip­ment, as well as con­sult­ing ser­vices. MANY peo­ple have been in­volved in fa­tal road traf­fic ac­ci­dents dur­ing this fes­tive hol­i­day.

The ma­jor rea­son has been hu­man er­ror and I think more ef­fort should be made by ev­ery­one to tame the road car­nage. It is my plea to your pub­li­ca­tion to in­crease aware­ness on how to drive on the roads.

Your news­pa­per has a role to play of dis­cour­ag­ing reck­less driv­ing.

Cur­rently, as stated dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son, 21 peo­ple are al­ready dead and 38 in­jured in 102 road ac­ci­dents that oc­curred. On Christ­mas Day I was shocked to see two drunk­ards rac­ing in a high den­sity sub­urb in Harare.

Road traf­fic ac­ci­dents have claimed many peo­ple and it is time we act col­lec­tively to save lives.

Wor­ried Pas­sen­ger

Pro­posed new Par­lia­ment build­ing

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