Highlands residents are contemplating forming an organisation that will complement the efforts of Harare City council in enhancing service delivery as the residents feel solutions are not forthcoming from the city fathers.
The proposal which emerged during a residents meeting held in Highlands comes at a time when Harare City Council has been hit hard by service delivery woes.
Addressing residents Highlands Residents Association (HRA) representative Nick De Swardt said there is need to form an organisation that will help improve service delivery in the area.
“The elected officials do not have the resources to take care of our woes. Our local authority is not functional and any attempt to engage will end up in meetings that do not yield results,” said Swardt adding that as residents no one will help them.
“We have been waiting for someone to help us. No one is coming to help us but we can help ourselves, however this will take a great cost, a great cost of money will and a huge effort.
Swardt added that, “There are 40 000 households in this area and about 150 000 people and if each household can pay $1 it will be enough to set up an organisation that looks after the residents in a transparent manner and we can make it work.”
Swardt said that if residents come together the organisation will be able to engage in serious projects.
“If another set of household pledges $10 per month we could start doing something serious like road maintenance. If another set pays $100 per month we could do something serious like resurfacing roads.
Swardt went on to say that residents were on their own.
“We have been waiting for council to use our rates, we have been waiting for central government to use our tax but I assure you that we are on our own,” he said.
Ward 17 councillor Jacob Mafume commended the residents for taking up the initiative to help city council.
“This a community initiative which suits well with the international standards of service delivery.
“Community is involved and aware. This creates a situation in which everybody is concerned about their wellbeing. People cannot continue living in silence. In light of economic woes the country and the budgetary constraints that the council faces this is a welcome initiative,” said Mafume.
Harare City Council has been struggling to provide standard service delivery which has been worsened by the poor macro-economic environment.