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Redcliff Municipality has channelled its devolution funds towards refurbishing some suburbs damaged by thunderstorms late last year.
The municipality has so far received $5,6 million devolution funds from the government and channelled 20 percent of the money towards urban renewal and other part of the money towards road maintenance, sewer reticulation and water.
Speaking on the sidelines of the tour of one of the suburbs, which is under refurbishment in Torwood, Redcliff Municipality town clerk Gilson Chakauya said:
“We received a total of $5. 6 million devolution funds and we have mainly put 40 percent on water, 20 in Sewer services and we are now doing this urban renewal which going to take about 20 percent of what we have received and we a have also enhanced our roads.
“As Redcliff we have embraced devolution and we keep going at it and we are using our own people to do it and as you can see there is a lot of work being done here,” said Chakauya.
The Minister of State for Midlands Province Honourable Larry Mavima appreciated the urban renewal projects being done by Redcliff in the Torwood Suburbs.
“It is unfortunate that we still have facilities like this but the municipality I doing its best on urban renewal because we have seen that the municipality is completely overhauling the entire facility to the extent that these rooms have been dedicated to one family as compared to multiple families staying in one room.
“The devolution funds have also been used to repair the roofs that have been blown away and the current refurbishments that are going on so devolution is real and it is happening here,” said Mavima.
The S block facility which is under refurbishment used to house ZISCO Steel employees and its roof was blown away by wind during heavy thunderstorms late last year. The municipality is currently putting new roofing and state of the art ceiling.