Harare mulls mechanised street sweepers


HARARE – The Harare City Council is mulling replacing human labour with robotic street sweepers.

Dombo Chibanda, Amenities Department director,  told a press conference that the HCC was looking at improving its service delivery through the new highly mechanised machinery.

“By February next year we plan to mechanise the central business district,” he told reporters.

“What I mean by that is that we will have mechanical street sweepers in the city centre.

“They will be automatically collecting waste and when the collectors are full, they will dispose of it in the skid bins that are distributed around the city.”

He however reassured sweepers that they will not lose their jobs but will be dispatched to other areas.

Chibanda said the major problem was that  there was an influx of vagrants in the city who burn skid bins to keep warm.

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