In order to decongest the central business district (CBD) and provide a high standard market structure for vendors, the City of Harare is constructing a market shelter with a capacity of 3000 market stalls when complete. Council received a Z$15 million grant from government for the market shelter which is being constructed at the intersection of Seke and Cripps roads near the Delta Beverages’Coca Cola factory, situated 4km south of the CBD.
Harare Municipal police has been engaged in running battles with vendors who had illegally occupied most open spaces and the front of shops in the CBD.
According to Mr Innocent Ruwende, City of Harare’s Principal Communications Officer, work on the site started in March this year and is expected to be completed by the end of July. Council designated the site for vending a few years back in order to decongest the CBD. Vendors who had been allocated space and operating from makeshift stalls at the area will move into the new market shelter.
“This will increase revenue inflows into council coffers and service delivery will be enhanced,” said Mr Ruwende.
In a similar development the City of Harare is constructing a market at Shawasha grounds opposite Rufaro Stadium in Mbare and near the famous Mupedzanhamo Flea Market. Work is already under way at the site. Council is carrying out the project using its own funds. The plan accommodates an estimated 3 000 vendors. Land is available for the construction of a shopping mall which will be adjacent to the market. The aim of the project, according to Mr Ruwende is to decongest Mbare, create employment and increase revenue inflows for council.
Furthermore, council has reorganised vehicle parking space at Mbare vegetable market by erecting a fencing around Njere Car Park for the security of vegetable shoppers’ vehicles and property. Shoppers can now pay parking fees to council and leave their vehicles in the secured car park which is monitored by council security. According to Mr Ruwende this has brought order, security of shoppers’property and improved revenue to council.