By Thandeka Matebesi
HWANGE Local Board (HLB) has engaged the local business community to assist in the construction of its state of the art boardroom as part of its efforts to intensify its Public Private Partnerships.
Prior to converting a pre-school building at Baobab suburb into its new offices, the local authority has been leasing a Zimbabwe Power Company building since its inception in 1974.
The new board, which is currently under construction will accommodate 30 people with the same number occupying the auditorium. It will also comprise of four offices with the town secretary and the chairman expected to be occupying two of the offices.
The local authority’s permanent head office would be located at the proposed Civic Centre.
HLB town secretary Pastor Ndumiso Mdlalose said the local authority has realised the need to rope in indigenous companies to assist in a number of developmental projects being undertaken in its area of jurisdiction.
“I don’t think we have been effectively interacting with some of our stakeholders, especially the indigenous business community, thus the reason we decided to meet them. We sensitised them on our vision largely focusing on our new head office we are putting up,” said Pastor Mdlalose.
He said the business community was made aware of the importance of the local authority’s first head office as well as an upmarket boardroom, which would be constructed beside the new headquarters.
“The business community has pledged to assist us in completing construction of our boardroom. We want to look for a BOQ (Bill of Quantity) and use that to ask for donations from other companies as well,” he added.