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Source: Musina feels effects of Zim economic slump | Newsday (News) BY VANESSA GONYE SOUTH Africa’s border town of Musina has witnessed a slump in business as the number of cross-border traders has dropped drastically due to economic problems of its northern neighbour. Most retail businesses that relied on Zimbabwean clients have cut trading hours, […]
BY VANESSA GONYE
SOUTH Africa’s border town of Musina has witnessed a slump in business as the number of cross-border traders has dropped drastically due to economic problems of its northern neighbour.
Most retail businesses that relied on Zimbabwean clients have cut trading hours, with most closing around 2pm.
Since the turn of the century, Zimbabwe has turned to South Africa to acquire basic commodities as its own manufacturing industry collapsed due to hyperinflation, undercapitalisation and failure to replace ageing equipment.
A shop owner, at the China City Mall near the border with Zimbabwe, said their revenue has been affected by a low turnout forcing them to open only a few hours a day.
“I am way past my due date to pay my rentals and electricity, it has become difficult to raise enough in a month because customers are not coming like they used to,” a shop owner who requested anonymity, said. He added that they have had to bargain for the least possible price for any product to record sales and cover their bills as well as to remain in business.
Another shop owner said shoppers are declining by the day further worsening their plight.
“We have been badly affected by the deteriorating economic situation in Zimbabwe as it was our target market here. We used to record good sales here and we never had to scout for customers, but this time it has reached such low levels that we are struggling to keep our businesses going,” she said.
Cross-border buses are charging in United States dollars or rand, further worsening the predicament of the traders who usually get minimal profits after reselling their goods.
“We won’t gain anything if we charge in local currency which is losing value at an alarming rate,” a bus driver plying the route to Beitbridge said.
Taurai Morris, a driver with another local bus company, said the low turnout of customers has forced them to adjust fares in tandem with the prevailing situation to maintain profit margins.
“Fuel is our major worry; it is now difficult to procure enough fuel at once so we end up relying on the black market to fill our tanks for the long journeys. This means we have to constantly adjust our fares to realise something at the end of the day,” he said.
A cross-border trader said things had definitely gone south as traders have reduced their trips to the border town owing to the fluctuation in prices of goods which makes it difficult for them to realise profits.
Thousands used to cross the border into South Africa daily in January 2009 Musina had a shifting population of about 15 000 foreigners, overwhelmingly Zimbabweans, many of whom lived in a refugee camp at the showground or on the streets.
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Source: City council targets Harare South facelift | The Herald June 17, 2019 Clr Gomba Zvamaida Murwira Senior Reporter Harare City Council will soon deploy technical teams in Harare South to explore ways to regularise the area before mobilising resources, as it moves to comply with a directive by President Mnangagwa to improve infrastructure in […]
Source: City council targets Harare South facelift | The Herald June 17, 2019
Zvamaida Murwira Senior Reporter
Harare City Council will soon deploy technical teams in Harare South to explore ways to regularise the area before mobilising resources, as it moves to comply with a directive by President Mnangagwa to improve infrastructure in the suburb.
In an interview yesterday, Harare Mayor Councillor Herbert Gomba said they intended to expeditiously provide a huge facelift for Harare South.
The intervention by the city fathers followed a directive by President Mnangagwa during a national monthly clean-up exercise in Southlea Park in Harare South, where he said responsible authorities should provide infrastructure and services such as potable water, sewage reticulation, tarring roads among other issues that were yawning for attendance.
Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister July Moyo has since made a follow-up visit last week in the area.
Cllr Gomba said council would take Harare South as a priority area in addressing its challenges and would explore all policy measures that ought to be applied to improve the area.
“We went there with the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing after the President’s visit,” he said. “The intention is to identify land and decongest some parts of Harare South.
“If you decongest then you plan to ensure that an individual household have a stand in compliance with planning laws. That is what we intend to do, decongest and regularise, that is the two steps that we intend to take.
“We will be meeting the ministry in two weeks’ time, the understanding is that we will bring all the layout plans that have been done by our planners and make sure the ministry approves all of them. After the approval process we sent out our technical team on the ground to make sure that they identify what needs to be done and visit the places and see what needs to be done in terms of policy measures.
“Beyond that, we also intend to raise resources from council and Government side to make sure that we raise resources. These resources will enable us to go out there and have infrastructure development expected in Harare South.”
Cllr Gomba said they intended to do as expeditious as possible.
“We want to do it in a manner that is quick and in conformity with the law. Understanding the call made by the President, we must be able to do it this year,” he said.
“That is what the minister and myself have agreed to do.”
Cllr Gomba said they would work together with Urban Development Corporation, a Government arm that had been appointed to administer several settlements across the country including in Harare South.
“Council has got expertise, there have surveyors, planners, we are the local planning authority, therefore we would want to work with Udcorp to exchange and complement each other’s efforts,” he said.
“It is not about competition, but to help out our people in a manner that will enable them reside in a properly planned settlement, Udcorp is an arm of the ministry, we are also a lower tier of Government, so we must be complementing each other.”
Harare South include areas such as Stoneridge Park, Southlea Park, Ushewekunze, Churu Farm, Southlands and Hopley Farm, among others.
Government has since banned the selling or development of stands in Harare South as it seeks to assert its authority in the wake of mushrooming of unserviced residential stands.
This was said by Minister Moyo when he visited the area last week accompanied by the area’s legislator, Cde Tongai Mnangagwa.
President Mnangagwa last week joined the people of Harare South in the monthly national clean up day and assured them that Government will give priority to developing the constituency in line with the vision to attain an upper middle income economy by 2030.