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Council, Chiyangwa in deal to regularize Harare South

By Takunda Mandura

Harare City Council has authorized Town Clerk Hosiah Chisango to negotiate with Philip Chiyangwa’s company Pinnacle Property Holdings (PVT) Ltd on a proposal to regularize illegal housing developments in Harare South.

In November 2018 Pinnacle Property Holdings (PVT) Ltd approached the council with a proposal to partner in the regularization of housing developments on Subdivision A of Stoneridge, Nyarungu, Ordar Farm and the remainder of Stoneridge in Harare South.

The main terms of reference for the proposed partnership include registration and regularization of stand hold, carrying out of the mandatory town planning process by council.

Collection of land compensation on behalf of Pinnacle Property Holdings (PVT) Ltd, pegging and collection of rates by council and determination and collection of servicing cost by the council.

The obligation of Pinnacle Property Holdings (PVT) Ltd is to ensure the provision of adequate essential service and basic infrastructure such as water, sewer and roads on the proposed pieces of land.

In its minutes dated 19 June, 2019, the Education, Health, Housing and Community Service and Licensing Committee which is led by Councilor Hammy Madzingira revealed that it had noted the proposal and resolved that the Town Clerk negotiate on behalf of the council and submit a report to the committee in 30 days time.

Subdivision A of Stoneridge measures 586 hectares, was registered in the name of Pinnacle Property Holdings (PVT) Ltd under Deed of Transfer No. 5021 /2007 and had estimated 16 000 households to be registered and regularized.

Nyarungu Estate measures 193 hectares were registered in the name of Jet Master Properties (Private) Limited under Deed of Transfer 2808/15 and had an estimated 4000 households to be registered and regularized.

Ordar Farm measure 605 hectares were registered in the name of Sensene Investment (Private) Limited under the Deed of Transfer 2807/15 and have an estimated 10 000 households to be registered and regularized.

The remainder of Stoneridge, measuring 586 hectares was registered in the name of Sensene Investment has an estimated 9000 households to be registered and regularized.

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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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