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Department of Works

VISION

To ensure sound infrastructural development of the city through strategic planning, implementation and maintenance of the existing and future development projects and to provide the necessary economic plan upon which Kwekwe can take off to greater commercial and industrial heights.

MISSION

The Works department is designed to achieve maximum efficiency in the delivery of services to the Kwekwe Community.

The mission aims to do this by providing information on the principal functions of the service sections in the office of the Director of Works, defining minimum standards of performance that are expected and as a result this provides an opportunity for improved efficiency and dialogue with the Kwekwe community.

PRINCIPAL FUNCTIONS OF THE DIRECTOR’S OFFICE

The following service units compose the Director of Works’ Office:

  •      Planning section.
  •      Building and drainage inspectorate.
  •      Roads.
  •      Transport.
  •      Water and sewerage reticulation.
  •      Water treatment.
  •      Sewerage treatment.
  •      Maintenance yard.
  •      Administration.
  •      Survey.

ENGINEERING SERVICES

Objective 1 To provide affordable, safe and reliable water, public and street lighting, roads and sewer systems in the city and to mechanise the engineering activities where possible.

WATER

Policy: To put in place a comprehensive water demand management programme.

Strategies

  •    Water loss management leak detection.
  •    Retrofitting of households.
  •    Instituting block tariffs.
  •    Introducing prepaid meters.
  •    Prepare a computerized water supply master plan / bulk metering for water audit.

Policy: To sustain the water supply system.

Strategies

  •     Institute preventative and corrective maintenance system.
  •     Valve rehabilitation programme.
  •     Prepare an inventory of all pumps of motors in the water supply system.
  •     Recycle treated effluent water.

Policy: Water charges to be directed towards water services.

Strategies

  •     Establish water account.
  •    To operate the water supply system on an economic basis increasing the number of water users.

SEWERAGE

Policy: To provide an efficient sewerage system.

Strategies

  •    Upgrade overloaded sewers.
  •   Purchase drain clearing equipment, for example high velocity blowers.
  •    Improve transport and staffing of the sewerage section.
  •    Upgrade the MAS works.
  •    Implement capital projects as in the investment plan.
  •    Improve on the staffing levels in the section as proposed in the works section report.
  •    Provide training to operators through the Institute of Water and Sanitation Development.
  •    Institute a preventative and corrective maintenance system.
  •    Replace cast iron CI manhole covers with concrete ones.
  •    Continue educating the public on common causes of blockages.

Policy: To provide a safe and healthy working environment for the Choke Section.

Strategies

  •    Provide adequate and suitable protective clothing.
  •    Complete the study on causes of deaths in the section.

Policy:  Sewerage charges to be used for sewerage service only.

Strategy

  •    Establish sewerage account.

ROADS

Policy: To have an effective programme on road maintenance.

Strategies

  •    Provide adequate financial allocations for reseals & re-gravelling of existing roads.
  •    Contract out drain clearing activities.
  •    Adequately equip the road maintenance gangs.

Policy: Upgrade the existing soils laboratory.

Strategies

  •     Equip the laboratory. Provide staff training.

Policy: Prepare a road inventory.

Strategy

  •     Computerize the road inventory & road maintenance charts.

Policy: Provide adequate earthmoving equipment.

Policy: To surface the entire road network as per the KKRC

 

Master Plan within the plan period Refer to the investment plan.

 

Strategies

 

  •    To surface at least 3km of gravel roads in the high density area per annum.
  •     All roads in new areas to be surfaced at servicing stage.
  •     Provide adequate financing.

 

Policy: Upgrade, reconstruct the road network as per the KKRC Master Plan within the plan period.

Policy: Alleviate transport congestion in the CBD.

 

  •    Prepare a CBD Local & update relevant by-laws.
  •    Encourage onsite parking for new developments.
  •    Provide a Parkade.
  •    Provide parking meters.
  •    Develop the 5th Street by-pass.

 

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

 

Objective 2:To provide for an efficient public transport network in the city.

 

Policy: Adequately plan for public transport in the city.

 

Strategies

 

  •     All commuter omnibus and buses for Mbizo & Msasa Park to use the Railway Reserve Area.
  •     Amaveni and Redcliff/Torwood to use the parking area near the Central Police Station: the same area to be surfaced.
  •     Make economic use of Mbizo 11 Bus Terminus for long distance buses.

 

MUNICIPAL TRANSPORT

 

Objective 3:To ensure that the Municipal Transport system is efficient, self-sustaining & cost effective.

 

Policy: Improve maintenance & efficiency of Municipal vehicles through improved quality of work.

 

Strategies

 

  •    Implement the provision of the Transport Sub-committee Report.
  •    Improve on the structure of the transport section.
  •    Transport managers’ post to be filled.

 

CITY PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT AS WELL AS INVESTMENT PROMOTION

 

Objective 5:To facilitate, co-ordinate and control development in the city.

 

Policy: Guide / development forward planning.

 

Strategy

 

  •     Prepare CBD and other local plans.

 

Policy: Enforce development facilitation & control.

 

Strategy

 

  •    Prepare relevant by-laws and development conditions.

 

Policy:  Maximise land use.

 

Strategies

 

  •     Prepare infill layouts.
  •     Sub-divide Council land process S/D & C/D applications.

 

Policy:Implementation of the Master Plan

 

Strategy

 

  •    Refer to the Master Plan.

 

Policy: Land banking.

 

Strategies

 

  •     Acquire Woodlands Farm, Naseby, Aspindale and Grasslands.
  •     Incorporate Chicago & Naseby plots in the Municipal boundary.

 

Policy:  Promote Investment.

 

Strategies

 

  •     Upgrade / re-develop Trade Fair Stand.
  •     Attend Travel Expo / Saitex / HOLZ.

 

Policy: Transport.

 

Strategy

 

  •      Improve citywide transport circulation.

 

PUBLIC LIGHTING

 

Policy: Provide and maintain Public Lighting Infrastructure.

 

Strategy

 

  •     Have adequate budget.
  •     Every new high & low density area to have tower lights and street lights at servicing time.
  •     Have budget for Tower lights for Mbizo 1 Extension and      Mbizo 13.
  •     Computerized street lighting inventory.

 

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