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    Masvingo City procures $400 000 road maintenance equipment


    MASVINGO – Masvingo City Council has procured $400 000 worth of road maintenance equipment following the introduction of a $3 Roads Levy in 2015.
    The equipment was commissioned on Monday at a function officiated by the Director in the office of the Minister of State for Masvingo, Kudakwashe Machako.
    It was revealed that the city has a total road network of 257km and of that only 4km are in a good condition.
    Although council introduced the levy, its efforts to maintain roads was hampered by lack of equipment. Most of the money accrued over the years therefore went into the procurement of the equipment.
    It was disclosed that the Road Levy that ran for two years has now been scrapped.
    A labour dispute between the City and its workers also saw road maintenance equipment being attached and equipment being hired at high cost.
    A National Road Condition Survey has revealed that the City of Masvingo has a total road network of 257 kilometres. 
    ''Ladies and Gentlemen, it is worrying that of that network , only 4 kilometres were found to be in a good condition , a mere 1.5% of the total network , with 153 kilometres in a fair condition and the rest in a poor condition.
    ''It is with that realisation , that the City of Masvingo tried to attend to its roads to improve their condition but was hampered by poor funding, both from reduced and erratic funding from Zimbabwe National Roads Administration , (ZINARA) as well as the poor performance of the Council revenue budget,''said Machako.
    The equipment procured are a motorised grader, bought for $168,676.66 utilising funding from the Roads Levy, and also the front loader and the tipper, bought from Council savings for $99,446.66 and $85,000.00,respectively, to give a total of $353,123.32 for the pieces of equipment.
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