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AT least 10 000 informal traders have been registered for allocation at approved vending sites in the Central Business District (CBD) while nine additional home industries had been identified and approved by the Harare City Council.

This follows a recent directive by local government minister, Ignatius Chombo, who insisted that vendors should be removed from the pavements to restore the sunshine city status.

The move also comes at a time when the council is working around the clock to increase revenue collections through its housing department.

According to the minutes circulated by the Education, health, housing and community services and licensing committee, the move would also boost revenue collections.

“Since the implementation of daily and weekly collections from markets, follow up on rental arrears and land intrinsic value, collections from markets amounted to $43 000 in a week whilst housing rentals were $ 1 3000 000 for the same week.

“Targets had also been set for officers and in respect of markets and home industries, collections had risen form $41 580 to $49 139 per week. This is expected to increase significantly once informal traders moved to designated sites,” read the minutes.

Of late there had been 10 designated places in the CBD to accommodate flea market, vegetable and fruit vendors.

Flea market operators will pay $3 daily for trading space, while fruit, vegetable, airtime, dried foods and newspaper vendors pay $1.

Corporate services and housing director, Josephine Ncube, said the housing division had also completed the development of software for an electronic housing waiting list which would enable the allocation of stands in chronological order and transparent manner.

“Progress has been made in setting up systems and establishing records in the cooperatives section. Registry had taken over all housing files and an audit carried out investigations into six housing cooperatives with three reports complete while the other three are still pending,” she said.

She said that collections had increased from $ 5 147 per week to $179 823 per week following the initiative.

Other strategies to be implemented included establishing collection points at the market sites as well as requesting council employees living in council houses to complete stop order forms for deduction of rentals.

The corporate services and housing director also proposed to set up revenue collection office nearer residents in Glen Norah.

Source : New Zimbabwe