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Harare City Council orders CBD property owners to renew buildings

The City of Harare has issued a 14-day ultimatum to all property owners and occupants of buildings in the Central Business District (CBD) and those outside the CBD, requiring them to enhance the appearance of their buildings.

In a public notice, Town Clerk Hosiah Chisango emphasized that the council will take decisive action against those who disregard this directive. Reads the notice:

The City of Harare is hereby giving notice to all property owners and occupants of buildings in the Central Business District (CBD) and those outside the CBD, to renew or regenerate their buildings and/or properties either through repairs, refurbishments and/or repainting.

In terms of Section 49 (1) Chapter 2 of the Model Building By-Laws (1977), the status of some buildings/properties contravenes the requirements which state that:

“NO person shall allow any building constructed upon premises of which he is the owner or occupier to become (a) a danger to the health of persons occupying or using the building. or to the health of the public; or (b) the source of unpleasant fumes, smoke or odours; or (c) unsightly or disfigurement to the neighbourhood; or (d) in any other way offensive or ambarrassing to the people living or working upon the premises or in the neighbourhood.”

Buildings and Properties in the FIRST LOT are those requiring renewal and are found along the following eleven (11) major roads in the city:

1: Robert Mugabe Way (from Rotten Row to Samora Machel Avenue)

2: Jason Moyo Street (from Rotten Row to Simon Vengesayi Muzenda Street-formerly 4th St.)

3: Samora Machel Avenue (Kuwadzana Round-About to Msasa).

4: Leopold Takawira Street (from Downtown tuckshops to Westgate Shopping Centre)

5: Julius Nyerere Way (From Railways Flyover to Sam Nujoma Street – formerly 2nd Street)

6: First Street (from Robert Mugabe Way to Samora Machel Avenue)

7: Seventh Street (from Nelson Mandela Street to Josiah Tongogara Street)

8: Enterprise Road (from Robert Mugabe Way to Harare Drive).

9: Seke Road (from Railways Flyover to Maruta Shops).

10: Airport Road (from Arcadia Township to RG Mugabe International Airport).

11: Fidel Castro – Simon Mazorodze (from Julius Nyerere Way to Mbudzi Round-About).

Buildings and Properties in the SECOND LOT are those requiring renewal but fall outside the eleven (11) major city roads listed above

Accordingly, all property owners and occupants of buildings in the areas stated above are requested to comply with the aforesaid By-Laws or submit written representations in connection with this matter within two (2) weeks of this public notice, to the Director of Works, Cleveland House, 92 Leopold Takawira Street, failing which council shall apply the requirements of Section 56 (subsections 1-B) of the said By-Laws to enforce compliance.

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