Harare City Council has introduced two weekend central business district flea markets to cater for the busy festive season and has also temporarily regularised a number of suburban vending spaces to afford residents relief from running battles with law enforcement agents.
The two CBD markets are along Park Street between Jason Moyo and Nelson Mandela and Rezende Street between Robert Mugabe and Kenneth Kaunda.
The markets will open on the weekend of December 17 to the weekend of January 9, 2017.
Traders intending to sell at the market pay $1 each per day directly to council. Preference will be given to the disabled, widows and the elderly.
“We are dealing directly with the individual vendors. We urge all traders to desist from engaging the services of third parties when paying their trading fees,” said Acting Corporate Communications manager Mr Michael Chideme.
The craft market at Newlands which began operations in 1999 is now legal. The 105 registered traders at the market pay US$20 each per month.
Council has also agreed that stone carvers should be accommodated in home industries on sites that are serviced with ablution facilities and accessible to customers.
A number of sites have been temporarily regularised in the suburbs to give relief to residents engaged in trading of various wares.
Some of the notable sites are in Budiriro at the library site, Budiriro 5 turn off, Budiriro 1 turn off, Budiriro 5, Current Shopping Centre, Budiriro 3 Primary School, Budiriro 2 at the corner of Nzou and Patrenda way and Budiriro 4 turn off.
More sites were temporarily regularised in Glen Norah at the Glen Norah bus terminus, Spaceman, along mdudzi Round about, Mapuranga, Glen Norah B (abandoned vegetable market).
In Mabelreign the temporary sites are at westgate round about, along Kirkman road, along Lomagundi Road, Avonlea Shops, Westlea Shops, Nkwisi Garden shops while in Mufakose the sites are at Mufakose spar Shops and Crowborough 3 shopping centre.
The Glen View sites are at Corner willowvale and 17 Road, Glen View 4 shopping centre, Tichagarika shops, Glen view 1 shops, Glen View 3 shops and at Makomva Shops.
The regularisation means the city is now able to collect vending fees from the sites, collect garbage and provide ablution facilities and reticulated water.