By Innocent Ruwende
Harare City Council has acquired $19 million worth of road maintenance equipment under the $30 million loan facility accessed from local banks for recapitalisation. This comes amid reports that council and Oxfam, a confederation of non-governmental organisations, are rehabilitating blocked sewer systems in Mbare to avert a potential cholera outbreak.
The city yesterday took delivery of a new asphalt chipping spreader valued at over $265 000 from local company, Machinery Exchange. The delivery coincides with the roll-out of the council’s citywide road maintenance programme funded to the tune of $24 million.
Under the loan facility, Harare also bought 30 refuse compactors from one of the world’s leading automotive manufacturing companies, FAW Group Corporation, for $3,1 million and the first nine trucks were delivered, together with five rollers worth $546 000.
The rest of the equipment, 10 skip trucks, 10 tipper trucks, three graders, one jet patcher, 25 utility trucks and the outstanding compactors, are at various stages of delivery. Chief engineer of works George Munyonga said more equipment was on the way, with Government assisting with foreign currency requirements.