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Govt Mulls Creation Of Smart Cities

Govt Mulls Creation Of Smart Cities

The Government has identified three settlements, namely Figtree, Melfort and Chirundu, as places in the country to be transformed under the smart city concept.

Addressing a forum on Zimbabwe Smart Cities and Rural Communities Infrastructure in Bulawayo this week, National Housing and Social Amenities minister Daniel Garwe said:

The Ministry of National Housing and Social Amenities has endeavoured to move with time and adopt strategies that conform to the dictates of the digitalised world and globalisation.

This has culminated in the adoption of the Smart City concept. We have prioritised three pilot projects to kick-start the whole process, that is, Melfort in Mashonaland East province, Figtree in Matabeleland South province and Chirundu in Mashonaland West province.

Garwe said the settlements would be completely new cities that are to be anchored on digitalisation and green energy where people “live, work and play”. He said:

The Smart City Concept is at the core of the Ministry’s desire to see a transformed urban setting across the length and breadth of our beautiful nation, where we are desirous to have modernly sustainable and affordable human settlements for Zimbabwe by 2030.

He said local authorities and the private sector are expected to play a critical role in making the smart city concept come to fruition. Said Garwe:

Local authorities and the private sector are the prime movers of the concept when it comes to implementation and stakeholder participation.

There is an insatiable appetite in the private sector for such investment opportunities, especially from the insurance and pension funds, the financial sector, asset management entities, realtors and other investors.

… A case in point is that Bulawayo City Council is working on the regeneration of Makokoba, Mutare is working on Sakubva, Harare is working on Mbare and Victoria Falls is working on Chinotiba and the low density, to mention but a few.

We do not expect a replica of the pre-colonial Makokoba, Sakubva, Mbare or Chinotimba with the tired designs and service provision post-urban renewal.

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Chapwititi Kestombela 9 months ago

How when you are decimeting the economy's backbone??? Mortgaging the minerals like free mangoes from the trees and making the deals subject to no scrutiny 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣. Utter rubbish!!!

kule 9 months ago

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Kanda 9 months ago

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kule 9 months ago

Thanks brother

Chawabvunza 9 months ago

I have no comment because I do not know how a smart city looks like. However, I am that Chirundu has been picked for smart city status.


Machiavelli 9 months ago

... ne Dotito

The Boy Who Saw 🛸 UFOs 9 months ago

It's just adding more technological advances to the city,ma 🚥 chaiwo are part of a smart city.

gboy 9 months ago

bhadharai teachers first smart city my ass

twnaq 9 months ago


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Machiavelli 9 months ago

Copy and paste.
I distinctly remember these clowns ridiculing this idea when Chamisa talked about it prior to the last elections. Is it now flavour of the month?

Chapwititi Kestombela 9 months ago

They are the ones who laughed at the idea from Mukomana those days, fast forward to 2022 😂😂😂😂😂. Smart cities mantra 😁😁😁😁😁.

gboy 9 months ago

hapana chozivikanwa rima rega rega

Machiavelli 9 months ago

Next they will be talking about Spaghetti Roads. Watch this space



master E 9 months ago

wat the smart city looks like shame on u zanu pf leaders try to tell the truth

Kanda 9 months ago

smart cities musingakwanise to fund maintaining existing cities

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