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Zimbabwe’s capital to use GIS for better governance

Zimbabwe: Harare City Council is set to digitise its operations through the GIS, a facility that captures, analyses and presents data with reference to geographic location. Speaking at a two-day workshop held by various stakeholders to deliberate on the system, Harare town clerk Dr Tendai Mahachi applauded the advent of the new technology, which he said would improve operational efficiency, revenue collection and service delivery.

“It”s sad to mention that we don”t know how many clients we service as City of Harare and cannot figure out who owes the council money all because of an information vacuum resulting from centralised data.

“A recent study we did revealed that at least 52,000 houses are receiving water yet they are not on our billing system and thus a huge degeneration of revenue hence the advent of this GIS will help in the addressing of such issues,” Dr Mahachi said.

The system is anticipated to enhance visualisation of water and sewerage infrastructure on wide geographical areas thereby providing capacity to identify possible opportunities for inter-catchment connectivity.

Source: All Africa