Bulawayo (New Ziana)-The Bulawayo City Council (BCC) will channel US$5 523 920 towards sprucing up its three stadiums so that they meet international standards.
Tawanda Ruzive, chairperson of the finance committee said this while presenting the US$157 99 million 2023 proposed revenue budget.
The local authority owns three major stadiums namely Barbourfields, White City and Luveve. The city also runs numerous football pitches, tennis courts and basketball grounds located in the wards.
In the budget, the city council is proposing to set aside US$106 million to fund key infrastructure projects that include construction of classroom blocks, clinics, servicing of residential stands and construction of roads.
The budget is however subject to approval by the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works.
“A total of US$5 523 920 has been set aside to spruce up the three stadia. This is work in progress towards meeting the international standards that will enable the city to enjoy international games,” said Ruzive.
“These facilities benefit the communities and offer places of association, entertainment, and relaxation after hours and on weekends.”
Ruzive said council also budgeted US$903 300 for the youths, who are the future leaders, including providing vocational training in farming, metal work, brick laying, cookery, catering, motor mechanics, metal works, dress making and fine arts.
“The city is renowned for producing youth who have exceled in their areas of expertise. The city continues to provide such training at low tariffs to benefit the disadvantaged youth in our communities.
“The projects include a classroom block for 40 students, renovating 4 youth centres, 2 vocational training centres and setting up a fowl run at Mabutweni centre,” he said, adding the activities to be undertaken would go a long way in achieving the vision and mission of the city.
The budget was presented under the theme “Accelerating Economic Transformation.”
The theme is premised on the National Development Strategy –(NDS1)anchored on moving the country towards an Upper Middle-Income Society by 2030, and the City of Bulawayo vision to be a leading, smart, and transformative City by 2024.