GWERU City Council has embarked on major renovations at Town House as part of preparations to mark the city’s centenary celebrations that start on Saturday.
Southern Eye yesterday witnessed council workers repainting the civic centre, repairing gutters and restoring the garden in preparation for the commemorations. Mayor Hamutendi Kombayi said groundwork to officially mark the founding of Gweru in 1914 was at an advanced stage.
“Come Saturday, Gweru will be set ablaze as the City of Progress officially marks 100 years of existence as a settlement,” he said.
Kombayi said a steering committee and sub-sector committees were working round the clock to ensure celebrations left a mark on the city’s residents and visitors.
He said Gweru had a rich history and deserved celebrations befitting the City of Progress as it was strategically located geographically close to the central point of the country.
“We are at the heart of the country and the jubilations should be extraordinary,” he said.
However, celebrations are likely to be dampened by the economic crisis that has seen the city struggling to supply reliable running water and residents failing to pay their bills.
Gweru industries have closed shop leaving the majority of the city’s residents unemployed.