Gweru City Council mayor, Josiah Makombe has commended property developer, Sheasham Investments for the donation of Geographic Information System (GIS) equipment worth US $50 000, which he said would not only see the servicing of Mkoba 21 and Randolph Phase 1 residential projects but would enable council to move from the analogue system in enhancing service delivery.
Speaking at the handover of the equipment, Makombe said After awarding part of the residential servicing tender to Sheasham, the city council requested them to pay their administration fee in the form of GIS equipment.
He said his council decided not to request money as administration costs from Sheasham but equipment that would benefit the city.
“Surely this equipment will see us successfully completing the servicing of Mkoba 21 and Randolph stands which has been long overdue,”Makombe said.
“It is my understanding that the equipment that is being handed over today is worth approximately $50 000 United States dollars and well that is a lot of money which shows great commitment on the part of Sheasham Investments.”
He said his council was still lagging behind as it was using the analogue system in the engineering department but with the new equipment could now automate all its data.
Makombe said the local authority was moving slowly in terms of technology hence its desire to invest in GIS equipment so that all data could be saved in servers.
“The equipment will assist to centralize data thus ensuring the interaction of departments, “he said.
“More so with this equipment the city of Gweru structural knowledge will be digitally passed on to future generations who will serve council when we retire.”
Makombe added: “With this equipment we can now detect water and sewer bursts as well as enhancing the city’s town plans in a bid to provide service delivery.”
Sheasham is one of the three partners that won tenders to develop Mkoba 21 and Randolph.
Makombe said the other two property developers which he however did not name would each deliver a service vehicle as part of the obligation for winning the tender.