2015 BCC Budget Consultations Schedule


         
CITY OF BULAWAYO
2015 BUDGET 1ST CONSULTATION PROGRAMME
Bulawayo City Council will be conducting consultation meeting around the city on the dates and venues indicated below.

WARD
NAME OF COUNCILLOR
VENUE
DATE OF CONSULTATION
TIME
1
Mlandu Ncube
Small City Hall
9.8.2014
1300-1600
2
Sithabile Mataka
Trenance Hall
8.8.2014
1400-1700
2
Sithabile Mataka
Hughbeadle
2.8.2014
1400-1700
2
Sithabile Mataka
Baines Primary Sch
3.8.2014
1400-1700
2
Sithabile Mataka
Richmond hall
3.8.2014
1000-1300
2
Sithabile Mataka
Newmansford
8.8.2014
1000-1300
3
Martin K Moyo
Eastview Sec. Sch -  Mahatshula
3.8.2014
1000-1300
3
Martin K Moyo
Etec Sch -Paddonhurst
2.8.2014
1000-1300
3
Martin K Moyo
Thomas Ruddland
2.8.2014
1400-1700
3
Martin K Moyo
St Thomas Acquinus
3.8.2014
1400-1700
4
Silas Chigora
RIO Hotel
3.8.2014
1400-1600
5
Gift Banda
Municipal Club - Famona
9.8.2014
1400-1600
6
Thabita Ngwenya
Bellevue Recreational centre
2.8.2014
1400-1700
7
James Sithole
Stanley Hall
2.8.2014
1400-1700
8
Shilla Musonda
Macdonald Hall
2.8.2014
1300-1600
9
Charles Moyo
Mpopoma Hall
3.8.2014
0900-1200
10
Gladys Masuku
Entumbane Hall
3.8.2014
1400-1700
11
Pillate Moyo
Makhandeni Hall
3.8.2014
1400-1700
12
Lilian Mlilo
Njube Hall
8.8.2014
1000-1300
13
Lot Siziba
Mabutweni hall
3.8.2014
1400-1700
14
Macdonald V Chunga
Lobengula Hall
2.8.2014
1400-1700
15
Tamani Moyo
Beithall
8.8.2014
1000-1300
16
Nephat Sibanda
Nzwananzi Primary Sch
2.8.2014
1400-1700
17
Ephram Ncube
Pumula North Hall
3.8.2014
1400-1700
18
Concilia Mlalazi
Magwegwe Hall
2.8.2014
0930-1230
19
Clayton Zana
Pumula Old Hall
3.8.2014
1400-1700
20
Eanest Rafamoyo
Mgoqo Primary School
3.8.2014
1400-1700
21
Reuben Matengu
Tshabalala Hall
9.8.2014
0900-1200
22
Rodney D Jele
Nkulumane Hall
2.8.2014
1400-1700
23
Thobani Ncube
Queen Elizabeth Primary Sch
3.8.2014
1400-1700
24
Gidion Mangena
Nketa Hall
2.8.2014
0900-1200
25
Mzama Dube
Mgiqika Primary School
2.8.2014
1400-1700
26
Norman Hlabano
Senzangakhona Primary Sch
3.8.2014
1000-1300
27
Siboniso Khumalo
Pumula South Hall
9.8.2014
1400-1700
28
Collet Ndlovu
Mahlathini Primary School
3.8.2014
1000-1300
28
Collet Ndlovu
Booster
3.8.2014
1400-1700
29
Monica Lubimbi
Mthimkhulu
3.8.2014
1400-1700
Stakeholders
-
To be advised
7.8.2014
1000-1300

Stakeholders include: Transport operators, Other Organizations, Residents Associations, Civil Society Organisations, Media and political parties and other stakeholders, Bulawayo informal traders and Industry and Commerce.

1.       These meetings will be facilitated by Ward Councilors
2.       The aim of the consultation meeting is to review the 2014 budget
Advert No.  4506                                                                                                                                                  M Nyoni
Date:     25.07.2014 & 27.07.2014                                                                                                                    Town Clerk                                               

Press Release - Residents to March Against Prepaid Water Meters


Date:               23 June 2014
Contact:         Zibusiso Dube
                        Information Manager
                        0776 423 510                  

Residents to March Against Prepaid Water

Bulawayo residents, led by Civic Society Organisations (CSOs) in Bulawayo under the banner of the Anti-Prepaid Water Meter Campaign will on Friday 27 June 2014 take to the streets protesting against the Bulawayo City Council’s (BCC’s) move to introduce prepaid water meters in the city. The peaceful march shall be carried out in Cowdray Park from 10am at ‘the sign post’ and proceed to the ward’s council offices where a petition will be handed over to local authority officials. The Mayor of Bulawayo, Councillor Martin Moyo shall be requested to be present to receive the petition. BCC intends to pilot test prepaid water meters in Cowdray Park’s Hlalani Kuhle area before rolling out the devices to the rest of the city. Organisations that are participating in the Anti-Prepaid Water Meter Campaign include the Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association (BPRA), the Public Policy Research Institute of Zimbabwe (PPRIZ), Radio Dialogue, Bulawayo Agenda, the National Youth Development Trust, the Women’s Institute of Leadership Development, the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, the Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development (ZIMCODD), Ibhetshu LikaZulu, the Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Enterprises (ZCIEA) and Christian Legal Society. The CSOs are mobilising 1000 residents to participate in the march. 

The march follows the successful holding of an awareness campaign by the participating CSOs where sixty-five volunteers conducted a  door to door campaign in Cowdray Park’s Hlalani Kuhle area on Saturday 21 June 2014 educating residents on the merits and demerits of prepaid water meters, and conscientising them on the possible effects of introducing the devices. Based on desktop research on what happened after introduction of prepaid water meters in many parts of Africa, the participating organisations’ position is that prepaid water meters are not suitable as a water management system in Zimbabwe. In terms of the research, the gadgets led to an outbreak of cholera in Madlebe in KwaZulu Natal, leading to loss of life, and seriously undermined the right to water in many poor communities. They also led to social disintegration and regression of women’s gains in gender equality. Consultations in Bulawayo have also revealed that most residents are against the move to introduce prepaid water meters. The campaign thus seeks to encourage the city fathers to rescind the decision to introduce the gadgets.


Regards

……………………………………………..
BPRA Information Manager
Zibusiso Dube


Alert – BPRA Past Weekend Activities Update (17 & 18 May 2014)


Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association (BPRA) this past weekend (17 & 18 May 2014) held five consultative meetings in Bulawayo to provide residents in different wards with an opportunity to meet with their councillors, Members of Parliament and other public officials to discuss critical issues affecting their lives. The meetings were held in Nkulumane constituency, Nkulumane (ward 20), Pumula (ward 17), Emganwini (ward 26) and Entumbane (ward 10). Issues discussed included crime and security, the introduction of prepaid water meters, development within the wards, refuse collection and cleanliness, and various other service delivery issues. The major themes dominating the meetings were as follows:

         Police Address Residents on Crime

Crime took centre stage at the meeting held in Nkulumane (ward 20) where a spate of robberies, murders and rapes have occurred this year. Senior police officers in the community, including the officer commanding Nkulumane were present at the meeting. The police highlighted that they had increased patrols as a means to curb rampant crime in the area. They said they were conducting random searches on people found loitering at night and arresting those found with weapons or without identity documents. Police urged members of the community to also contribute in the fight against crime ad noted that the increase in crime was partly due to the dearth of social capital as residents no longer worked with the police to deter criminals.

         Residents Raise Concerns with the HSCTP

In Entumbane, residents expressed concerns with the implementation of the Harmonised Social Cash Transfer Programme (HSCTP). The HSCTP is a pilot project of the department of Social Welfare that disburses cash to disadvantaged families in six of Bulawayo’s wards, including Entumbane (ward 10). Residents complained that the criteria for selection of beneficiaries for the programme was not clear as poor people were being left out yet other who were better off were getting the assistance. They accused the Child Protection Committee in the area, which is in charge of running the programme of corruption. In 2012, BPRA unravelled corruption in the implementation of the HSCTP in Magwegwe (ward 18) prompting the Department of Social Welfare to intervene. The association shall investigate the issue in Entumbane as a way to promote a culture of accountability, consultation and transparency. 

         Residents Reject Prepaid Water Meters

In Emganwini (ward 26) and Pumula (ward 17), the meetings were dominated by discussions on prepaid water meters, with residents rejecting the gadgets as unsuitable for use in Bulawayo and Zimbabwe at large, arguing that residents are too poor to be able to purchase water in advance. Residents expressed displeasure that the Bulawayo City Council (BCC) did not carry out consultations prior to making the decision to introduce prepaid water meters, which are set to begin with a pilot project in Cowdray Park. They said it was pointless for councillors to inform them about the gadgets if there was nothing they could do to stop the local authority from introducing them. Residents called upon BCC to seek alternative ways of ensuring water availability.

BPRA’s own position on prepaid water meters is that they are undesirable as they place the burden for conserving water on poor people, effectively denying them their right to water yet rich people are free to spend large volumes of water as they can afford it. Prepaid meters are thus discriminatory. BPRA is therefore advocating for BCC to stop its project of installation of prepaid water meters.

The meetings were held in terms of the schedule below:

Ward Meetings

DATE
WARD
VENUE
TIME
AGENDA
17/05/2014
Nkulumane (ward 20)
Mgoqo Primary School
10am – 1pm
Councillor Feedback, Crime in Community
18/05/2014
Pumula North (ward 17)
Pumula North Hall
2pm – 5pm
Feedback from Councillor, Water Prepaid Meters
18/05/2014
Emganwini (ward 26)
Senzangakhona Primary School
10am – 1pm
Housing, Feedback from Councillor
18/05/2014
Entumbane (ward 10)
Entumbane Hall
2pm-5pm
Service Delivery

Constituency Meeting

Date
Constituency
Venue
Time
Agenda
18/05/2014
Nkulumane
Church of Christ
8.30am – 1pm
Constitution Provisions on Women


Regards
Information Department
Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association
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Cell: +263 772 516 729