ZVISHAVANE – Zvishavane Town Council wants to raise $400 000 to upgrade its water and sewer systems which can no longer cope with the increasing population of the small mining town.
Zvishavane Town Secretary Tinoda Mukuru said in an interview with The Mirror last week that the population of Zvishavane was growing due to the establishment of the Midlands State University campuses and the increasing mining activities in the area.
He said the $400 000 is needed for two crucial projects; the rehabilitation of Mabula sewer ponds and resuscitation of Runde Water Plant.
"As you know our town population is increasing with about 8 000 new housing units under construction and these are in Eastlea Extension, Emthonjeni, Izaya Park and other places.
"Increasing mining activities in our town and the establishment of MSU campuses are two key elements that have made Zvishavane an investment destination. New businesses are being opened thereby creating a larger population," he said.
Zvishavane is currently using the Ngezi treatment plant that uses four water pumps and two standby pumps. The Mabula sewer ponds used to be serviced by Shabani Mine before its collapse some six years ago.
Meanwhile, the council in partnership with Mimosa Mine has been rehabilitating local roads destroyed by floods during the just ended rainy season.