Marondera City Council is set to construct at least three housing units every year starting in 2021 for its managerial personnel in an effort to retain qualified and experienced senior managers.
Council officials say this will also aid them to attract more qualified personnel.
Land for the construction of the first three housing units has already been identified at the newly established medium density suburb just opposite Marondera Agricultural Showgrounds.
According to the recent Full Council minutes, the Staff and Services Committee of Marondera Municipality recommended to Council that it should construct three houses every year to cater for staff needs and there were no objections.
Sitting Tenants to Buy Houses They are Occupying
It was also resolved in the same Council meeting that sitting tenants be sold the houses they are currently staying in before management was challenged to come up with a criteria that suits this new arrangement.
Contacted for comment over this development, Marondera Municipality Acting Town Clerk, Rinashe Nyamuzihwa said they will certainly implement the Full Council resolution beginning next year.
“This is in fulfilment of Government’s policy that employers should reward their employees not only with money, but with other non-monetary incentives such as housing,” said Nyamuzihwa.
He said in the past, the idea of providing free accommodation was a preserve for senior management only, but it is now cascading down to middle management before getting to other employees.
He said the provision of non-monetary benefits is also another way of retaining their skilled and experienced personnel and will also serve to attract other highly qualified people into council, which will result in good service provision for residents, said the acting Town Clerk.
Council to Recruit Two More Senior Managers
“As you can see, Marondera town is developing at a very fast pace, which means we will continue to recruit other senior staff members. Very soon we are looking at recruiting a Procurement Manager and a Public Relations manager, which are the only two senior staff vacancies left,” added Nyamuzihwa.
Marondera Municipality has ten (10) senior management positions which are currently occupied except that of Town Clerk which Nyamuzihwa is holding in an acting capacity whilst also doubling up as the Chamber Secretary.
The positions are; Town Clerk, Chamber Secretary, Director of Housing and Community Services, Director of Engineering Services, Director of Finance, Accounts and Revenue manager, Environmental Health manager, Water and Waste Water Technician, Town Planner and Audit Manager.
The recruitment of a Public Relations Manager and the Procurement Manager brings to twelve (12) the number of senior managers within the local authority.