New kombi management system on cards

HARARE - Harare City Council (HCC) has engaged a local company that will be setting up a pilot project that will manage commuter omnibuses as well as billboards advertisement so as to avoid leakages.

In minutes of the environmental committee, Southern Region Trading approached HCC with the proposal in 2015.

According to HCC director of works Philip Pfukwa, the kombi management system would include route permits while the billboard system would deal with illegal billboards.

“The system to control kombis included issuance of route permits on a one-stop shop basis and enforcement of routes and other regulations.

“The system to control and manage installation of billboards would identify all billboards in Harare, allocate them barcodes, identify illegal billboards and enable the pulling down or defacing of the illegal ones,” the minutes read.

Pfukwa said the system would enable council to come up with a proper inventory that would be updated automatically in the system.

“It was noted that there was poor management of billboard records since the department could not avail the billboard register. The committee observed that the division had the potential of generating significant amount of revenue yet it was short-staffed and manned by one person,” read part of the minutes.

Last year, Pfukwa revealed that as at March 31, council was owed $4 181 909,50 in billboard arrears.

Billboard fees were also slashed this year by finance director Justin Mandizha in order to attract more business.

The reduced advertising fees for 10 metres (m), 12m billboards and gantry signs were from $670 to $500 and $1 000 to $520 and $1 600 to $835 respectively.

A 2012 HCC Urban Planning Services departmental report showed that in 2011, there were 825 registered kombis a decline from 1038 in 2010.

“641 commuter omnibuses are run by women while 3 666 are owned by men. Another 246 public transport vehicles are operated by companies.

“These figures represent registered public transport vehicles only implying that the proportional representation could change if all the public transport vehicles were registered with council,” the report indicated.

Comments (3)

HCC makazvitadza kare zvekurhana guta izvi! you established maholding bay kunaCoventry zvikazoita sei? you need to report your failures before you start talking about something else being on the cards! Deal with corruption within your own structures before you can start talking about revamping the city then deal with combis once and for all! Deal with vendors once and for all. otherwise mazvakemazvake! iadaatora gejo repanhimbe!

SaManyika Chaiye - 21 March 2016

Please Deal With Corruption First In Your Structures Kutonyora Kwauraya Kanzuru - 26 March 2016

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