We’ve been rather concerned down at Harare News HQ about the news of council retrenchments coming out of Town House last month. We’ll see, but it does seem to us that the reduction of the work force by over 1,000 will have serious repercussions on a city already struggling with service delivery. It will certainly have a big impact on the lives of all those being retrenched into an economy with so few formal jobs on offer.
News of increasing numbers of vendors in the city and the Council’s battle with how to deal with the resulting waste will certainly not be helped by putting more people onto the streets.
The ‘bloated’ salary bill can surely not describe the $200 salary and less that the lower grade council workers receive? The impact of this process on the many communities in this city is going to be enormous, whether you’re a retrenched Council worker or a service delivery recipient. We’d love to hear your thoughts after reading Farai Dauramanzi’s piece on the front page – email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On a more positive note, Easter brings us a nice long weekend this month, a good time to get out of town if you can. If you can’t, then be sure to get down to Mukuvisi Woodlands for your nature fix. Our intern Martina Kwenda tells you all about this wonderful resource right in our city (page 9).
We’re also getting excited about HIFA coming up at the end of the month. Founder Manuel Bagorro is back at the helm and we’re promised all sorts of entertaining treats. Tawanda Mudzonga shares some tips on how to make the most of your experience of the festival in Arts & Culture section. School kids keen to be involved can put their creative hats on and design something for the Trash Queen fashion show on the schools pages.
We hope that you’ll enjoy our infographic this month and pay heed to the common sense instructions on how to manage the property just outside your gates. Tales of increasing accidents caused by stones placed along the tar led us to present the solutions to you in a visual way.
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