Local Governance

Ministers bare near-future benchmarks

 

By Nyasha Mutena

Government ministers have highlighted their progress and milestones under the Second Republic in line with President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s call for more transparency as well as promotion of a results driven culture for the betterment of the nation.

Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa relayed to journalists the ministerial submissions during the post cabinet briefing on 13 April 2021.

Livestock production

To protect communal livestock which has been under threat from diseases, the Department of Veterinary Services embarked on a project to produce 4.5 million Newcastle Disease vaccine doses and administered 4 million vaccinations to communal poultry countrywide.

National Development Strategy 1:2021-2025 Compliant plans

Cabinet received and approved Ministerial Action Plans that are compliant with the National Development Strategy 1: 2021-2025, which were presented by the Ministers of Mines and Mining Development; Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare; National Housing and Social Amenities; and Primary and Secondary Education.

Mines and Mining Development

The Ministry seeks to promote sustainable exploration, mining, beneficiation, value addition, marketing and management of mineral resources for the benefit of all Zimbabweans. The deliverables of the Ministry will encompass improving the country’s ease of doing business ranking as well as business earnings from beneficiated and value added minerals.

Under policy and administration, the Ministry will ensure the following: amendment of the Mines and Minerals Act; the Gold Trade Act; and the Precious Stones Act; development of a Minerals Development Policy, an Artisanal Small Scale Gold Mining Strategy, and a Beneficiation and Value Addition Strategy.

The Ministry will also establish private sector-led chrome to ferrochrome processing facilities and coal to coke processing plants while facilities for locally cut and polished diamonds will be prioritised. Private sector-led service centres will also be established, while the Mining Cadastre Information Management System will be operationalised.

A Mining Industry Loan Fund will be established to capacitate small scale miners. Prospecting will be enhanced, new mines opened, existing mines expanded and closed mines such as Shabani-Mashava will be re-opened.

National Housing and Social Amenities

The Ministry’s main thrust will be to lead in the provision of human settlements in a coordinated and sustainable manner through the facilitation and promotion of functional housing and social amenities for all. The Ministry’s deliverables include improved and well planned human settlements, as well as improved access to affordable and quality housing and social amenities. The Ministry will develop urban housing and social amenities focusing on settlement densification, urban regeneration and regularisation of informal and dysfunctional settlements.

In the rural areas, focus will be on provision of water and sanitation in schools, clinics and the community in general, while a model for modern and affordable houses will be developed. Smart City development concepts will be prioritised so as to encourage urban to rural migration by providing housing and social amenities in Rural District Councils and at Growth Points.

Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare

The Mission of the Ministry is to promote quality and inclusive public service delivery, employment promotion, efficient labour administration and sustainable social protection for socio-economic transformation. The Ministry is mandated to improve access to inclusive social protection and increased decent jobs.

Improved child care and protection will be fostered through the following projects/programmes: expansion of child protection services; strengthening of the National Care Management System for the care and protection of orphans and vulnerable children, Basic Education Assistance Module (BEAM); social assistance to persons with disability; harmonised social cash transfer; and food deficit mitigation.

The Ministry will improve industrial relations through social dialogue, labour dispute settlement. Also, job and income security will be enhanced through the social insurance programme; formalisation of the informal sector, and the unemployment benefit scheme.

Primary and Secondary Education

The Ministry is mandated to provide equitable, quality, inclusive, relevant and competence-driven primary, secondary and non-formal education. The Ministry’s deliverables encompass improving governance and access to quality, equitable and inclusive education.

It also seeks to increase uptake and application of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM). Other areas of focus entail improving research, development and innovation; vocational skills and entrepreneurship among the youth and citizens; and access to affordable quality education.

The Ministry will promote commercial ventures in schools through utilisation of land and space available to schools. The public schools will engage in commercial activities through fostering joint ventures with private investors. A Business Development Unit will be established at the Ministry’s Head Office to supervise, monitor and evaluate the implementation of the schools’ commercial venture project.