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Bulawayo City Council goes paperless

By Allan Mbotshwa

The Bulawayo City Council (BCC) has gone paperless and has urged its residents to embrace the digital technology to access their bill information and payments.

This came out from the last council meeting minutes where it was decided to go paperless to cut costs of paper printing and delivery costs.

The new system which was influenced by the covid-19 induced lockdowns will see that people can access their bills and make payment from the comfort of their own homes unlike having to wait to have a physical paper bill delivered at their premises.

“Residents should access their statement from the electronic platforms provided and are encouraged to submit their contact details to council for notification purposes. Council is keeping abreast with technology hence the changes,” said Silas Chigora, ward 4 councillor.

Various entities in the country are digitalising in order to maintain the pace with international standards; the Judiciary Service Commission recently launched the Electronic Integrated Case Management System which reduces a lot of physical paper related concerns.

Technology expert Christopher Matongo said people in Africa were reluctant to embrace change especially that which relates with technology.

 “People usually do not want change especially if something new and unknown to them, the way people accept technological advancements in Europe and in Africa are different but it would a game if Africans would embrace technology as they need it  more as compared to developed countries,”

Technology is not only advancing in the service provision industry only but across the board, the invention of the hybrid cars has brought about major changes to the automobile industry with mechanic panicking due to lack of proper and adequate skills to fix the new range of vehicles.

Without proper training on how to fix these new models of vehicles there are risks to it, the cars come with powerful batteries as compared to the previous versions that relied mainly on combustion engines. This then poses a threat to the lives of anyone who is not skilled as these high voltage batteries can actually electrocute and kill a person.

“We need to be taught on how we can fix these hybrid cars because as it stands it is very risky that we cannot even attempt to operate on then. If it was possible we need to have a plant built so that we learn how these cars operate and how best we can fix them with the adequate knowledge and equipment,” said Thulani Tazvinzwa, a mechanic in the capital.

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