Trench warfare headache for council

Trench warfare headache for council 1

By Sallomy Matare The continuous digging up of trenches around the central business district (CBD) by telecommunications companies is raising concern as it is putting to waste investments put into the road rehabilitation programmes by Government and Harare City Council (HCC). Harare City Council spokesperson Mr Michael Chideme This is also posing an environmental hazard to motorists and pedestrians as the companies take long to fill up the trenches. In an interview, HCC corporate communications manager, Mr Michael Chideme said council was disappointed with companies who are not environmentally-conscious. Related…

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Harare to build flats for teachers

Harare to build flats for teachers 2

On May 30, 2019 0 0 By Yeukai Karengezeka Harare City Council intends to build walk-up flats to ease accommodation challenges faced by teachers. The local authority said it was making efforts to upgrade most council-owned facilities. Housing and Community Service director Mr Addmore Nhekairo confirmed that the plan to construct accommodation for teachers was still at the preliminary stage. “As council, we know and understand some of the challenges being faced by teachers. The major one is that of accommodation and this is the reason why we have decided…

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Harare gets 4 trucks

Harare gets 4 trucks 3

On May 16, 2019 10,877 0 The Harare City Council yesterday received four trucks and one front end loader in a move set to help restore the sunshine status. The presentation, which was courtesy of Con-Plant Technology was held in Dzivaresekwa where a clean-up was conducted. Con-Plant Technology managing director Bernard Chiondegwa discouraged residents from co-habiting with dirt. “We know that the city fathers have a task of making the city of Harare gain its sunshine city status. It has to be a shared responsibility among the city fathers, functionalists…

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City Parking boosts council coffers

City Parking boosts council coffers 4

On May 8, 2019 9,088 0 By Daniel Nemukuyu Harare City Council’s revenue is set to improve following a decision by City Parking to remit 15 percent of its parking fees to the local authority on a monthly basis. 1-1-CITY-COUNCIL-PARKING.jpgPreviously, council got a meagre $40 000 quarterly from City Parking’s total earnings, sparking a public outcry. Council initially wanted 30 percent of the monthly takings from City Parking but upon considering the company’s other obligations and costs, the parties agreed on a 15 percent dividend. Council approved the offer with…

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Upmarket houses face demolition

Upmarket houses face demolition 5

By Yeukai Karengezeka Harare City Council (HCC) has warned owners of properties in some of the city’s plush suburbs who built houses that were not approved by council that their structures face demolition if they fail to regularise them in terms of building by-laws. The targeted structures are in areas such as Belvedere West, Bluff Hill, Borrowdale, Mabelreign, Glaudina, Carrick Creagh, Mt Pleasant Heights, Gletwyn, Crowhill Extension, Grobbie Park, Goodhope, Adlynn and Waterfalls. Other areas earmarked for regularisation include Dzivaresekwa Extension, Southlea Park, Stoneridge, Eyrecourt, Saturday Retreat, Warren Park, Kambuzuma,…

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‘Space barons’ cost city council millions

‘Space barons’ cost city council millions 6

Harare City Council has been losing millions of dollars to space barons and cartels within and outside council that have been pocketing millions of dollars from council markets depriving the city of much-needed revenue. Some politicians have been conniving with council officials to deprive the city of revenue from Mupedzanhamo, Mbare Musika, Glen View Area 8 Furniture Complex and other markets in Highfield. Harare recently regained control of Carter and Paget houses in Mbare, 10 years after it lost the buildings to an infamous violent outfit called Chipangano. The city…

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Solar buses for Harare

Solar buses for Harare 7

On Mar 29, 2019 15,853 43 By Innocent Ruwende A Chinese company, China Nanchang Engineering, has approached Harare City Council with a deal to supply 600 green energy (solar-powered) buses and additional fixed and working capital to service routes in Greater Harare Metropolitan. Models of solar-powered buses in China The project will include a central business district (CBD) shuttle service and the Harare Urban Route will service all suburban routes. It’s divided into Norton, Southern, Eastern and Western suburbs. Related Articles According to recent minutes of the Environmental Management Committee,…

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$500 000 for GV8 furniture complex

$500 000 for GV8 furniture complex 8

By Maxwell Tapatapa Harare City Council will inject $500 000 for the refurbishment of the Glen View Area 8 home industry complex which was gutted by another fire last week. Glen View 8 Complex in smoke Harare Mayor Councillor Herbert Gomba revealed the package after touring the complex to assess the damage caused by the fire. Addressing entrepreneurs at the premises, Cllr Gomba said the money will be drawn from the beer levy to refurbish and expand the complex which has been razed by fire at least 13 times in…

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China still to release $72 million to Harare

China still to release $72 million to Harare 9

By Helen Kadirire Harare City Council is yet to receive the remaining $72 million from the $144 million China Exim bank loan that was supposed to be used towards rehabilitation of the city’s water infrastructure. Harare mayor councillor Herbert Gomba Mayor Herbert Gomba said they have engaged government on the matter but nothing has happened since December 2017. The loan which was taken out in 2013 was shrouded in controversy after top management at Town House bought themselves top-of-the-range vehicles with part of the money. “Had that loan been fully…

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Harare water rationing prompts call for boreholes

Harare water rationing prompts call for boreholes 10

By Helen Kadirire Harare City Council is now under pressure to rehabilitate its boreholes as the city starts instituting a strict water rationing regime that should see residents receiving water at least twice a week. Boreholes now supplement water needs in Harare. Picture: IRIN According to the new water rationing schedule for March, only Mbare, Highfield, Sunnigdale, Mufakose, Graniteside, Willowvale, Ardbennie, Southerton Industrial area and the Central Business District will receive water everyday. Other areas will get water twice or thrice every week with suburbs such as Kambanji, Glen Lorne,…

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