HARARE mayor Bernard Manyenyeni says the capital city’s ambitious target to attain world-class status by 2025 could remain a pipe dream if the local authority fails to align its public health facilities with the fast-changing international trends.
Speaking at a handover ceremony of ablution facilities renovated by local fuel dealer, Zuva Petroleum, Manyenyeni said tidiness was paramount in achieving the world-class city status.
“Issues of public health are critical if we are to achieve a world-class city by 2025,” he said.
Zuva Petroleum renovated the public ablution facility in Southerton, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility and handed them over to the local authority on Friday 19th May 2017.
This comes as most of the city’s public health facilities have been become unusable due to neglect.
Manyenyeni cited Zuva Petroleum as one of the few companies that had kept the city running by paying its bills on time at a time the local authority was owed over $600 million in unpaid rates by residents and industry.
Speaking at the same event, Zuva chief executive officer Bethwell Gumbo said his organisation prioritised environmental sanitation in its growth strategy.
“Most businesses are interested more in material gain and profits than they are in having the patience to build up a strong organisation, and a strong organisation starts with caring for their people and their community. We must never be too busy to care for others,” he said.