By Takunda Mandura
Harare City Council has authorized the conversion of Mupedzanhamo Flea Market from the current monthly stall leases into daily leases as a way of eliminating subletting of stalls.
Most people who hold leases for stalls at Mupedzanhamo have generally been subletting these stalls at a premium to desperate traders who will be looking for space to sell their wares.
According to the council, allocation of vending stalls in Mupedzanhamo will now be done daily under the first-come-first-serve basis thereby eliminating subletting of stalls.
Minutes from the city council’s Informal Sector Committee dated 24th June 2019 revealed that council authorized the construction of a receipting office at Mupedzanhamo Flea Market and collection of daily payments for stalls on site.
Council has also authorized a proposed charge of ZW$8 as a temporal lease for traders occupying Council open spaces except for the Central Business District.
The table below shows the anticipated revenue increase that will be realised if Mupedzanhamo Flea Market is converted to daily payments.
|No.Of Units||Tariff ($)||Monthly
|No. OF Units||Proposed Daily Charge
|1442||68.00||98 056||1518||5.00||227 700|
|Total||104 896||227 700||122 804||117.07%|
The Informal Sector Committee expressed the need to repair the dura wall at Mupedzanhamo market so that vendors would use one point of entry and exit in a bit to avoid leakages and increase the revenue collection.
As revenue collection strategies, the committee has also proposed to introduce robust internal controls and check in revenue collection and plugging off revenue leakages (computerization of all revenue collection system) and maintaining full control of council’s markets by eliminating space barons and updating markets database in order to establish revenue potential.