via Council blows $30,000 on workshop | The Zimbabwean 9 July 2014 by Thabani Dube
Harare City Council resolved at a recent meeting to spend $30,000 on sending a few individuals to workshops. At the same meeting councillors heard that employees in grades six and above, most of whom earn less than $300, had gone for two months without pay.
Recent human resources and general purposes committee minutes show that the human capital director and five employees will gobble $12,190 in out-of-pocket allowances, conference fees and airfares to attend the Institute of People Management’s annual convention and exhibition from July 9 to 12.
Later in the month, seven dental therapists in the city’s health department will spend $5,306 on transport and other allowances to attend a professional development workshop. The dental manager will use $2,030 to attend the Zimbabwe Dental Association annual general meeting at Elephant Hills Hotel in Victoria Falls from August 8 to 12.
The minutes further reveal that councillors resolved that the corporate services director, the legal manager and six legal officers in her department should attend the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Lawyers Association’s conference in Victoria Falls from August 22 to 23 at a cost of $10,492 in allowances, fees and airfares.
In March this year council passed a resolution to downsize its workforce from 9,000 to 6,500 as it battled to pay wages and salaries.