HARARE City Council (HCC) is in the process of stepping up efforts to rejuvenate the city through the urban renewal programme in order to attract investors.
In an interview with the Zim Morning Post, Town Clerk Hosiah Chisango said there was a lot of urban decay in the central business district (CBD) which was driving out business to other parts of Harare.
“This programme emanates from the fact that our city is the oldest, our population has been growing and this has taken a huge toll on available resources and infrastructure, resulting in urban decay,” Chisango said.
He also said a beautiful and well-constructed city attracts investors and tourists, and is naturally a boon for business. The urban renewal programme would enable council to embark on other equally important initiatives such as the Mbare renewal project in which government is a partner.
Mayor Herbert Gomba said the programme was expected to transform the city to world class status by 2025.
“We have to initiate this programme so that we transform Harare into a world class city. Harare is the epicentre of all urban renewal programmes in the country,” he said.
Gomba added that HCC would demonstrate a commitment to upscale the programme and spread the scope to beautification of the islands and replacement of pavements in the CBD.