By Fortunate Mhizha
The late Bulawayo City Council (BCC) Engineering Services Director , Engineer Simela Dube who died on the 30th of December 2021 , has been described as a role model to many .
Addressing mourners during the funeral service held at the Amphitheatre on Tuesday morning , ahead of his burial at the Lady Stanley Cemetery , Mayor of Bulawayo, His Worship Solomon Mguni said Bulawayo had lost a great engineer who was instrumental in key developmental projects.
“He played a critical role as an engineer for the design and construction of ring roads such as Masiyephambili and Mpopoma Drive among others . His role as coordinator of the African Development bank funded the Bulawayo Water and Sewerage Improvement program. He was a thinker and was interested in what was happening around him . He will be solely missed in his capacitation as an engineer “.
His sister Simiso Dube described his death as a great loss to the family .
” He was a great brother, mentor and a giver who always wanted to accommodate everyone be it rich or poor .He gave to everyone . You would not have seen him and known that he was a Director because of that humility he had”.
Also present at the funeral was the Zimbabwe Institute of Engineers Public Relations Officer , Eng . Sibanda , who said they had lost a great engineer and mentor who was there to educate other upcoming young engineers.
“Death has taken away a genuinely warm person and expert leader in the engineering fraternity . He was a highly engaging man ready to provide advise and share perspectives on engineering “.
Eng. Dube served the local authority as a Director for nearly 15 years .