The Quality Of Service Delivery In Zimbabwean Urban Councils: A Case Study Of Bindura Municipality 2009 To 2011.
The study sought to assess the quality of service delivery in Zimbabwean urban councils using Bindura Municipality as a case study. The objectives of the study were to establish the levels of service quality, determine the challenges that hindered quality service delivery, analyse the service quality management strategies and propose suitable strategies Bindura municipality can adopt to enhance service quality delivery.A descriptive survey design was used and questionnaires and structured interviews were used as data collection instruments. A sample of 300 householdswas drawn from the municipality rate payers’ data base. The population was stratified into low, medium and high density residents. Systematic random sampling was used to draw the participants in each stratum. Ten interviews were conducted with senior management using convenience sampling and documentary evidence was generated from menus, minutes and reports. The major findings were that the quality of service delivery was generally poor. This was mainly attributed to inadequate and disintegrated service delivery and management strategies. In addition human resource issues, poor governance structures and political interferences were causes of concern. It was concluded that the quality of service delivery by Bindura Municipality fell far short of residents’ expectations.The study recommended that for effective service delivery the municipality should among other strategies, adopt blue printing and total quality management.
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