By Malcolm Meja
Cassava Smartech Limited has launched Clean City which is a tech-based sustainable waste management and cleaning services business.
Clean City business model is modelled around complementing the country’s local authorities waste management efforts and bid for a cleaner and sustainable environment.
Addressing delegates at the launch, Clean City chief executive officer Lovemore Nyatsine said the new business is designed to help urban areas through offering innovative and sustainable waste management solutions using the Vaya App.
“We are excited to be officially unveiling Clean City today, with the goal of providing scalable and sustainable waste management solutions to cities in Zimbabwe, starting with the capital Harare,” he said.
The facility will provide a collaborative space for Clean City waste disposal partners, City Councils, Residents Associations, the Environmental Management Agency (EMA) and the Ministry of Environment and Tourism.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment Tourism and Hospitality Industry Munesu Munodawafa who was the guest of honour said the public also has a responsibility in maintaining clean environments.
“I’m appealing to Zimbabweans, Let us be realistic and take the responsibility to maintain our cities even though it’s the local authorities’ duty to collect refuse and keep our cities clean,” he said.
He commended Clean City for coming up with a partnership model that would see private players and urban councils collaborate in ensuring a clean environment while at the same time warning the councils not to “abrogate their responsibilities” to private players, whom he said were stepping up to help them, not to replace them.
“We applaud you for bringing innovation and technology to help deal with the real problem of garbage pollution and uncleanliness in our cities, which has in the past contributed to fatal disease outbreaks,” he said.
According to Nyatsine the idea of using the ‘Uber type’ Vaya App for the urban waste collection was probably a first in the world, adding that Clean City would use the App to connect and seamlessly link different parties in the garbage collection and waste disposal cycle.
“We will use the Vaya App which has already proved to be a game changer in mobility and logistics services in the country to seamlessly connect a network of privately owned garbage collectors to help with waste management in the city,” he said.
Clean City had been carrying out trials of the concept for several months, primarily assessing the service in Harare.
Municipal authorities have for years struggled to provide garbage collection services for household and corporate residents due to several challenges.
But the launch of Clean City, offering an innovative private solution, will bring a welcome respite for residents while creating win-win partnership opportunities for private businesses and city councils.
To use the service, residents simply download the Vaya App and schedule garbage collections and payments can be made using EcoCash.
Many municipalities in Africa have struggled with waste collection and disposal. The Clean City platform may well create an interesting opportunity for them to pursue.