In a development that is set to positively impact the country’s urban planning and development landscape, Midlands State University in collaboration with urban authorities is undertaking research aimed at creating urban profiles for Zimbabwean towns and cities.
As part of the research project, the university hosted a Research Introductory Meeting on the 30th  of January 2020 at the Gweru Main Campus. The meeting, which largely centred on urban planning, development and management of cities and towns in Zimbabwe, was attended by representatives from one of the pioneering project partners, Zvishavane Town Council. The council delegation was led by the Town Clerk, Mr Tinoda Mukutu.
Speaking during the meeting, MSU Department of Local Governance Studies chairperson and lecturer, Mrs Virginia Makanza, said the main aim of the meeting was to develop urban profiles for Zimbabwean towns and cities.
“The idea behind the research is the development of urban profiles for Zimbabwean cities and towns by taking a look at issues concerned with the process and system of urbanisation, development, planning and management,” said Mrs Makanza.
While Zvishavane Town Council is the first urban authority to come on board, the research is expected to see more towns and cities joining the collaboration.

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