Council supplies land developers to boost revenues

Gweru mayor Hamutendi Kombayi

Gweru City Council plans to supply building materials to land developers as a way of generating income to boost its coffers, a senior council official has said.

Stephen Chadenga

Mayor Hamutendi Kombayi said councillors, had discussed the issue of supplying gravel, pit sand and bricks to land developers and the matter was awaiting approval.

Kombayi said the plan was in line with council’s resolutions to come up with income generating projects that will boost revenue collection.

“What we want to do is make sure that if we give land to a bank for example to develop residential stands. Council should chip in and provide building material,” he said.

“We want to supply the land developer with gravel, pit sand and bricks for their building and this way we would benefit as a local authority.

“We have already tabled the issue before council and management is yet to ratify it.”

In January the local authority resolved to explore income­ generating projects to reduce the burden on residents.

“Council is vigorously and will continue to explore and pursue other sources of income in order to compliment and reduce the burden on poor residents,” minutes of a January 6 special council meeting read.

“Already council is at advanced stages of exploring the extraction and sale of quarry stones, pit sand, silver sand and gravel as long–term and sustainable sources of additional income.

“Initiatives to resuscitate farming activities at council farms are underway.”