The Story of Bulawayo’s US$60m Skeleton

By Correspondent In 2016 a South African company, Terracotta Trading, won the tender to construct a US$60 million mall in Bulawayo. It was structured as a build, operation, and transfer deal. Terracotta would hold a 49% share while local companies would take 51% ownership shares. The company defeated15 other companies to win the tender to […]

Bulawayo Blames ED’s Vending Outfit for Chaos

By Correspondent Bulawayo councilors have blamed ZANU PF activists operating under the Vendors for ED banner for the recent chaos in the city. Speaking recently at a full council, Bulawayo Deputy Mayor Mlandu Ncube said the activists fuelled skirmishes and illegal drugs. “I don’t think you can fight back for selling tomatoes. “Thus where there […]

Gvt Accused of Dictating Usage of Devolution Funds

By Correspondent Bulawayo city fathers have accused central government of abusing its power to dictate how devolution funds should be used. This is against the ideals of devolution which empowers Councils to choose projects.   The revelations were made during a stakeholder meeting dubbed ‘Devolution Funds usage on service delivery hosted by Bulawayo Vendors and Traders […]

Three Protesters Shot, Injured… As BCC Clashes With Vendors

By Correspondent Three people were injured after Bulawayo City Council (BCC) municipal police fired rubber bullets when the local authority clashed with vendors on Thursday. Vendors were challenging the local authority’s decision to remove them from operating in the city centre. Council police and the Zimbabwe Republic Police descended on the illegal vendors operating along […]

ZIDA Laws Stifle Bulawayo’s Progress

By Gracious Nyathi Bulawayo City Council has cited the laws which require the engagement and approval of potential partners by the Zimbabwe Investment and Development Agency (ZIDA) as a hinderance to its progress in making business partnerships. Bulawayo Town Clerk, Christopher Dube, revealed this during a recent discussion. “Partnerships are governed by the ZIDA Act, […]

Tick Tock! Bulawayo’s Smart City Dream Fading

By Correspondent Bulawayo City Council (BCC) is left with only a year before 2024 by which time it should have completed its Smart City concept projects. The strategy, developed in 2019, entails the implementation of various development projects across various economic sectors such as smart energy and special economic zones. The initiative was being run […]

US$158M Budget for Bulawayo As Council Maintains Old Rates

By Correspondent Bulawayo’s US$158 million budget for 2023 announced, on Monday, will maintain the present US$ tariffs according to officials. BCC chairperson of the Finance and Development Committee Tawanda Ruzive unveiled the US$157,99 million budget and proposed to set aside US$106 million to fund key infrastructural development projects in the city. These will include the construction […]

Deputy Minister Provides Water As Council Struggles

By Correspondent Industry and Commerce Deputy Minister Raj Modi has been providing water for some Bulawayo residents as Council continues struggling to fulfil its mandate. The ZANU PF politician has been going around different locations providing water from tanks and bowsers. This past week he was in Sizinda and Magwegwe. “We have taken the water […]