Zimbabwe’s pre-paid water meters dilemma

Zimbabwe’s cities, grappling with ever declining revenue collections, are turning the screws on ratepayers after getting the nod from government to install prepaid water meters. The majority of the country’s urban councils are wallowing in debt after the government ordered them to write off outstanding bills that accrued between 2009, when Zimbabwe dumped its worthless […]

Cashing in on the dead in Bulawayo

Zimbabwe’s second largest city, Bulawayo, is planning to literally cash in on the dead. As the city grapples with dwindling burial space, a number of options for dealing with the deceased  are on the cards, including popularising cremations and establishing a cemetery for the rich, which would see revenue flowing to city coffers. The death […]

New master plan for Bulawayo

Zimbabwe’s second city, Bulawayo, is in the process of drawing up a new 15-year master plan to replace one that expires next year, which fell far short of its targets, thanks to an economic and political meltdown that afflicted the country. With 2015 beckoning, the local authority remains hopeful the new plan will drive growth […]

Analysis: Bulawayo at 120 — economic decline overshadows a proud history

As the vintage steam train rolled into Bulawayo — Zimbabwe’s second largest city — to mark the city’s 120th anniversary last month, bitter sweet memories were inevitable. The train carried a banner that screamed “Forward Bulawayo.” In the past this could have been a war cry charting a vision, but now it is a little […]