Harare City is reviewing its operations through the strengthening of its systems and realignment of duties, deployment and redeployment of staff to areas of competence in line with our vision of achieving a world class city by 2025.

One of the key areas that council has attended to while work on the overhauling of other operations is in progress is the markets section under the Department of Housing and Community Development.

The markets unit that has traditionally operated under the Districts Management section in the same department is now a standalone section to be headed by chief markets officer.

The informal sector forms a large part of Harare’s so called informal working class. Demand for informal trading spaces is very high while there is a corresponding need to provide the requisite infrastructure for the city’s growing informal business sector.

In our drive to formalize and facilitate the growth of this sector, Harare’s 1882nd sitting on February 26 approved an organizational structure that has a fully-fledged markets Section to focus on informal trading. This section is mandated to develop market places and   the facilities. In short to grow the informal sector economy.

Provision of infrastructure will wipe out space barons and excite the informal sector to pay directly to council while operating under sheltered markets. The existence of this section will enhance enforcement activities through dedicated staff which will directly work with other sister units such as Development Control, Municipal Police, waste management (provision of ablution facilities at markets).

The introduction of the section fits well into the creation of the informal sector standing committee by the last council.

Council is aware that some of its employees were involved as land barons and in aiding land/space capture. The Town Clerk has been mandated to ensure that the markets section is manned by able staffers with integrity and the interests of council at heart.