The Division is based at Cleveland House and is headed by Engineer Norman Karidza. The functions of the Division are subdivided into the following sections:

Mechanical and Electrical Workshops

The Harare Municipal Workshops primarily serves internal customers in maintaining Council facilities, vehicles, plant and equipment and comprises of four specialized workshops namely:

  • Automotive Workshops
  • Central Mechanical Workshop
  • Heavy Plant Workshop
  • Electrical Plant Workshop

The workshops are the critical drivers of service delivery as they provide and/or maintain the various vehicles, machinery, plant, tools and equipment applied in service delivery.

The Department realises the need to decentralise operations to various districts and will always endeavour to maintain such (semi-) autonomous maintenance teams at selected districts to reduce response times.  Currently, the Automotive Workshop has other maintenance teams at the Ammenities Depot, Harare Water and the Harare Fire Brigade.

Public Lighting

Lighting has always been an effective tool to promote a City’s ambience. It is not only a functional requirement, which provides safety and security to motorists and residents; it helps in creating an identity and image. A well-lit city is always a reassuring place for its residents and tourists to stay and move around. It has an economic benefit by way of attracting tourists and assuring its residents to stay out longer. The  restaurateurs/shop owners, clubs and social areas are direct beneficiaries, which contribute positively to the overall economy of the City and the Country.

Currently there are 81 000 installed luminaires of which 45 000 units  are serviceable and the rest, 36 000 units are either vandalized or are now obsolete and therefore require upgrading. At least 90 % of the poles are well erect though 85% require painting.

Traffic Signals

City of Harare Traffic Signalling System consists of a total of 186 controlled intersections and of  these 140 (75%) of these are  no  longer fully  functional. This has  resulted in  the system  almost  grinding to  a  halt  with a  number  of signals failing  on a daily basis without restoration due to unavailability of spares.

The City of Harare has since embarked on system upgrade on all signalised junctions and  the central control station. The programme will on completion cover  68 junctions in the CBD which will be linked to a central control station and the rest of the junctions, 118 will be upgraded initially as stand-alone units.

The first phase of the Solar Traffic Signals Project (17 units) was completed in 2010 and has installed due to challenges with funding. The next stage being 51 units and a central control station.