Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe

Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe UCAZ is one of the oldest local government associations in Africa (est, 1923). It is a forum for urban local authorities, seeks to ensure world class service delivery in Zimbabwe.
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UCAZ is one of the oldest local government associations in Africa. It started as a loose forum of municipalities in 1923 when councils used to meet and discuss matters of common concern. In 1940 the forum adopted a constitution which established the Local Government Association of Southern Rhodesia (LGASR) with a permanent secretariat. The Association has gone through many name changes from LGASR, Local Government Association of Rhodesia, Local Government Association of Zimbabwe-Rhodesia to the Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe. UCAZ is a voluntary association of 31 urban local authorities, enjoying a 100% membership of all urban councils in Zimbabwe. The UCAZ constitution was last amended in June 2002 in order to reflect the new challenges brought about by government’s decentralisation policy as well as other changes in the local government sector. Funding The Association is funded through members’ subscriptions. It also receives assistance from donors and partners in local government. Subcommittees and Officers’ For a The Association has five subcommittees, namely: Management, Manpower and Legal Services; Finance; Health Services; Housing and Community Services and Technical Services. Seven officers’ fora have been established for Town Clerks, Directors of Finance, Directors of Health, Directors of Housing and Community Services, Town Engineers and Women in Local Government. Reforming the Association From the mid 1990s the Association embarked on a restructuring and reorientation exercise which resulted in a major shift from the secretariat’s traditional emphasis on administration to the implementation of programmes which address the concerns of its members. Pursuant to this, the post of Secretary General was established with the first Secretary General being appointed in August 1998. The Association is now in a position to, Lobby government and relevant organisations Research into matters of importance to its members, where appropriate, in partnership with other experts at institutions of higher learning Scrutinise legislation and current policies in the light of current trends and thinking on local government and make recommendations thereon. Study practices in other jurisdictions and make recommendations thereon Provide expertise in key areas to members with the co-operation of partners in local government, in areas such as finance and health Association Capacity Building (ACB) Programme - Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs The fruits of the restructuring exercise and UCAZ’s potential to scale even greater heights were immediately recognised by its international partners. It was selected as one of the five Association Capacity Building (ACB) pilot projects under the then International Union of Local Authorities. Through the successful participation of UCAZ in the ACB, the Association developed into a powerful and organised institution which is steering reform of local government into the new millennium. It was funded by the Dutch government to the tune of NLG354 998,00. Within the ACB programme were plans to: Work with stakeholders on the development of a vision and a Strategic Business Plan for the Association Develop the role and position of the Association in representing and promoting local governments and lobbying on their behalf Effectively interact with stakeholders, research and develop longer term policy issues, improve the representation of women and initiate reform and development programmes Address the gender imbalances within local government Improve the capacity of the Association to respond to the training and development needs of its members Municipal international Co-operation Having realised the importance of Municipal International Co-operation (MIC) in a rapidly changing global village, UCAZ has committed itself to working closely with like-minded institutions world-wide for the betterment of its members and their communities. The Association has strong partnerships with the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA) of Canada. In addition, the Association is a member of the following international local government organisations: United Cities and Local Governments of Africa Southern Africa Regional Office (UCLGA - SARO), the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) and the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF). Following the successful implementation of the ACB Programme, UCAZ, in a true spirit of municipal international co-operation, collaborated with SUMA to offer technical assistance to the Association of Local Government Authorities of Kenya (A LGAK) in the formulation of ALGAK’s Strategic Plan, Capacity Building Programme, Gender and Financial Mobilisation Strategy.

Mission: To promote provision of exceptional service in urban local authorities through advocacy, lobbying, mobilisation of resources and initiating improvements in local and national legislation to improve and safeguard the life of all citizens of Zimbabwe.

Operating as usual

03/11/2020
This is a story on the impact of COVID-19 on Urban Local Authorities in Zimbabwe.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an adverse impact on urban local authorities in Zimbabwe. Local authorities have made the most out of social media and other media technologies in relaying their messages on COVID-19 awareness. Local authorities’ health focal persons have also been roped in to help in educating people on COVID-19. With financial support from the EU, GIZ, the Chinese embassy and the Devolution funds from the government of Zimbabwe, local authorities nationwide have managed to carry out different activities which include the rehabilitation of their road networks, water and sewer delivery infrastructure. Isolation centers have also been established and refurbished and rapid response teams have been put in place nationwide. During this period demand for services has increased yet during the same period the majority of rate payers have not been paying their bills. Councils are therefore urging the citizens to pay up their bills to ensure uninterrupted service delivery.

16/10/2020

"Local authorities take care of us from cradle to grave," - Minister

Local authorities take care of people from cradle to grave through the services that they provide to their residents. This was said by the Minister of Women Affairs, Community, Small and Medium Enterprises Hon. Sithembiso Nyoni yesterday 14 October 2020) as she delivered the keynote address at the launch of the two-day Local Government SADC [email protected] Summit and Awards event being held at the Cresta Lodge,
https://ucaz.org.zw/2020-10-16-local-authorities-take-care-of-us-from-cradle-to-grave-minister/

Protect yourself from #COVID19 by all means.
17/09/2020

Protect yourself from #COVID19 by all means.

Maintain social distance when in a queue at boreholes or other public places. Sanitize handles and taps between each use...
17/09/2020

Maintain social distance when in a queue at boreholes or other public places. Sanitize handles and taps between each user.

Here is how to make a Tippy Tap
17/09/2020

Here is how to make a Tippy Tap

Wash your hands for AT LEAST 20 seconds with soap and running water.
17/09/2020

Wash your hands for AT LEAST 20 seconds with soap and running water.

Practice safe respiratory hygiene ALWAYS.
17/09/2020

Practice safe respiratory hygiene ALWAYS.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Prevent yourself from #COVID19
17/09/2020

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Prevent yourself from #COVID19

Prevent yourself from contracting #COVID19. Visit your nearest health center if you start noticing any of these symptoms...
17/09/2020

Prevent yourself from contracting #COVID19. Visit your nearest health center if you start noticing any of these symptoms.

21/05/2020

Under the UCAZ-GIZ partnership, we have provided 43 water tanks. These 5000 litre tanks will be installed at the 24 isolation centres around the country.

The City of Harare
18/05/2020

The City of Harare

#EssentialServices
All council district offices have been reopened to allow the transacting public to pay their bills. Council requires resources to fight #Covid19 and to prepare for a #PostCovid19 smart Harare. So far our revenue inflows have dropped making it very difficult to fund key service delivery mandates.
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08/05/2020

Local authorities took advantage of the lockdown to clean cities and removed vendors from illegal areas and new sites are being designated for the vendors to temporarily operate from. They have also disinfected public places where lots of people will be moving through.

08/05/2020

#Covid19Zim Challenges: Local authorities are supposed to provide services, but resources are dwindling since people are not paying rates and chemicals are running out. However local authorities are trying their best to provide services.

UCAZ Special Presidential Committee meeting on #Covid19Zim. Clr Josiah Makombe, the UCAZ President had an interview with...
08/05/2020

UCAZ Special Presidential Committee meeting on #Covid19Zim. Clr Josiah Makombe, the UCAZ President had an interview with ZBCtv reporter Rumbidzai Takawira at Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe offices.

Local Authorities Capacity Enhancement Project - LACEP-Zimbabwe The City of Harare The City of Bulawayo Gweru City Council City of Kwekwe Council Mutare City Council Kadoma City Council Municipality of Kariba Official

#COVID-19 . Here are some tips on how to wear, use, remove and dispose of a mask.Let us come together in this fight agai...
10/04/2020

#COVID-19 . Here are some tips on how to wear, use, remove and dispose of a mask.
Let us come together in this fight against COVID-19.

The City of Harare
03/04/2020

The City of Harare

Dear Residents
We advise you that we are being assisted by ZRP to disinfect all hotspots in the City. These include Mbare Musika, Mbare Hostels, and all CBD bus ranks. Police will be using vehicles traditionally used during riot control.

Municipality of Kariba Official
01/04/2020

Municipality of Kariba Official

MAY RESIDENTS AND VISITORS TO OUR CLINICS TAKE NOTE OF THIS IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE MUNICIPALITY.

Ruwa Local Board Secretary Mr Kumbirai Madanhi making opening remarks at the commencement of the SLB Peer Review today a...
19/02/2020

Ruwa Local Board Secretary Mr Kumbirai Madanhi making opening remarks at the commencement of the SLB Peer Review today at the Ruwa Local Board offices.

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30 Samora Machel Avenue. First Floor Insurance House
Harare
UCAZ

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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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