Of both surface and ground water

Provide a platform

for equitable transparent access to water through active participation of all stakeholders

Enhance Environmental

and Socio Economic values in the use of water.


Upper Gwayi Subcatchment is a statutory body that was created by act of parliament through the Water Act Chapter 20:24. Our offices are presently housed at ZINWA offices Mhlahlandlela Government Complex, our area of jurisdiction covers tributaries of the Gwayi River from where it starts to the confluence of the Gwayi and Mbembesi Rivers. Our area excludes tributaries of the Mbembesi and Nata Rivers which are covered by our sister Subcatchment Councils. The Subcatchment Council does not follow national boundaries but follows catchment areas of river systems; our Subcatchment has different local authorities within its boundaries i.e the City of Bulawayo and the following RDCs Matobo, Umzingwane, Bubi, Bulilima, Umguza, Tsholotsho and Kusile.  

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To always improve on management, regulation and supervision of both surface water and groundwater use in a transparent manner....

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To always provide a platform for equitable transparent access to water through active participation of all stakeholders and....


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Core Values

Loyalty, respect, understanding, teamwork, excellence, integrity, accountability, and world class quality.


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Water Permit System In Zimbabwe (Water (Permits) Regulations, 2001) S. I 206 of 2001


  • A permit is a document granting its holder certain rights to water use in terms of the Water Act.



  • To determine the catchment water commitment levels for planning purposes for now and the future.
  • To safeguard water permit holders’ allocations and interests.



  • Any abstraction or storage of surface water for any purpose other than primary purpose.
  • Any abstraction or storage of water for primary purpose exceeding 5000 cubic meters.

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Gwayi Catchment covers the whole of Matebeleland North, part of Matebeleland South and Midlands.

The project seeks to end water shortages to the city of Bulawayo.

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