Council has stepped up its efforts to rejuvenate the city to compete with other world class capitals and attract crucial investments.
Speaking at the launch of the city’s urban renewal programme at Town House, town clerk Eng Hosiah Chisango there is a lot of urban decay especially in the Central Business District which is driving out business to other centres.
“This program 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.
“There is a lot of urban decay especially in the Central Business District which is driving out business to other investment centers, some outside the country. Our objective with this project is to return the city to its Sunshine City status as well as a gear up towards our vision of achieving a World Class City Status by 2025,” he said.
“A beautiful and well combed city attracts investors and tourists and is also boon for business. The Urban Renewal Programme will see council carrying out various initiatives such as the Mbare Renewal Project in partnership with Central government.”
He said Harare is set to compete with best cities in the region in terms infrastructure, architecture, service delivery, facilities and aesthetics.
Mayor Gomba said the programme will facilitate for change of the face, not only for Harare but the whole country because Harare is Zimbabwe.
“We have to start changing the face of this country and that only happens with Harare being the epicentre of all the Urban Renewal Programs. The program is meant to improve the lives of our residents and we need to attract investors into this city and there is no better way to do that than the way we appear to them.”
“We are here to demonstrate our commitment to upscale the programme and spread the scope to beautification of our islands, replacement of pavements, construction of new modern public convenience facilities, grass cutting, storm water drain clearance, illegal dump clearances and rehabilitation of roads,” he said.
Architect Mrs Irene Masiyanise explained the adverse advantages of Council’s urban renewal programme.
“It gives us a chance to upgrade our city to World Class standards. We have a chance to re-plan from what we already have and have a historical background to safe guard.
“In a bid to modernize our city, we have a database of historical buildings and we learn the architectural designs.The urban renewal programme should also incorporate the roads and transport systems. The planning and projection will really make the city be acquainted with the modern facilities and services which are crucial to urban development and the City of Harare a smart city.” she said.