Council has reduced the number of workshops outside the city boundaries as a cost cutting measure.
At the same time council is increasing its revenue and debt collection efforts to mobilise resources for service delivery.
Speaking at the Rapid Results Project Mid-Term Review at Town House, Town Clerk Engineer Hosiah Chisango said a raft of measures are being implemented to cut costs. These include the use of council facilities to hold functions and events. Today's event was held at Town House at no venue hiring cost.
“A cocktail of measures were proposed to cut cost and these include the following; reduction of Council workshops and attendance by employees to workshops outside Harare, use of Council facilities for functions and events, controlling overtime and insuring the Departments stick to the approved limits and efficient resource allocation in terms of vehicles, fuel and others.”
Engineer Chisango said the recent mid-term budget review by the Finance and Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube painted grim picture which showed that the country’s economy is in a recession which is visible in industrial production, employment, real income and wholesale retail trade.
He said council devised sustainable strategies that will enable it to remain afloat in the midst of economic challenges as workers’ earnings, pensions and savings are losing value fast in the face of rising inflation and the weakening local currency.
Council has already started setting up the teams for the next 100 days, which will cut across issues ranging from beautification of the city, roads, renewal of city buildings and general service delivery.