Harare raking in $36k daily: Minister

HARARE - Harare City Council (HCC), which is raking in at least $36 000 a day, is failing to pay its workers’ salaries on time, a Cabinet minister has said.

Sithembiso Nyoni, the minister of Small and Medium Enterprises made the revelation during a meeting held at Siyaso complex in Mbare.

Currently, HCC is in salary arrears of more than $22 million for grades 5 to 16.

Nyoni also expressed displeasure at the poor state of infrastructure for vendors saying it is unfair to informal traders to continuously remit $1 a day and not have proper structures to trade at.

“What is that $1 doing? The money should be given in exchange for services and goods. You should provide decent work spaces before collecting that money,” Nyoni said.

Nyoni said local authorities should move away from the culture of collecting money were they have not provided work spaces or any such structures to operate from.

She said the infrastructure should be appropriate and must be located a strategically viable site to promote business operations.

The minister said provision of infrastructure is a way of facilitating the growth of SME’s.

She said once infrastructure is put in place, SME’s can be accounted for and accountable for their actions.

“Between March and April 2011, the ministry conducted a small survey in the inner city and it was revealed that there were over 6 000 informal traders operating along the streets. Since then this figure might have multiplied two or three fold,” she said.

She also said that vending carts should be legalised to prevent vendors from spreading their ware along street pavements.

Nyoni however, said it was unacceptable for an uncoordinated grouping of people to sell their wares in undesignated places.

Last year, HCC introduced a daily fee of $1 for vendors and $3 for flea market stall owners as part of revenue collection drive.

Comments (4)

$36,000 per day?? Is this HCC's total daily revenue from vendors? Why not be specific when reporting on such issues. Obviously it cannot be the total HCC revenue from all services, otherwise HCC would be in intensive care unit.

Garikayi - 27 March 2015

Garikayi, yes there must be an ommission, $360 000.00 per day

BlaKodza - 27 March 2015

ThanksMokodza. I like reading every newspaper but sometimes these reporters just do not do their jobs. They have editors, sub-editors, scribes, proof readers you name them and they have the audacity to send wild data for print...and they expect us to buy their newspapers. Maybe it's a sign of the calibre of personnel left in Zim. I stand to be corrected. Have a nice weekend to everyone who contributes to these comments. I am off to Dubai to see the first Lady Yours truely I and I

Garikayi - 27 March 2015

I think the correct heading should be "Harare rakes in 36k daily from vendors" coz according to my calculation if this all they are collecting then monthly they get a max of $1 080 000 which is very paltry. Poor journalism. hapana editing,verification etc

moto - 27 March 2015

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