Council suspends stadia fees

HARARE - Harare City Council has resolved to suspend retaining fees from the stadia and halls since the money was not being utilised.

According to community services minutes the money was supposed to be used to refurbish the facilities but nothing was happening.

Most of HCC’s social facilities are lying derelict as council claims that they cannot afford to refurbish them.

“The finance director (Stanley Ndemera) advised that the 30 percent retention of funds collected from stadia and halls had been suspended due to non-use of the funds. The social services accounts had a large sum of unused funds,” read part of the minutes.

Ndemera said because of this the director of community services Edmore Nhekairo had to utilise the money already there for any projects that needed to be undertaken before making a claim at the finance department.

The minutes also state that Nhekairo should come up with a database of all properties in council in terms of zone. According to land management manager Booker Masasi as of last year more than 80 000 Harare properties were not on the city’s database.

He said due to the oversight the owners of the properties were not paying rates, prejudicing council of millions of dollars in potential revenue. Masasi said to rectify the problem the Geographical Information System had to be used to upgrade the city’s property database which council does not accurately know.

“As of May 2015 there are approximately 180 000 land units in the database. There are also 265 472 properties entered in the BIQ database as at August 2016 and council targets to have more than 450 000 properties in their system,” Masasi said.

Since the multi-currency era was established in 2009, numerous churches have been sprouting in homes, disused halls and open spaces.


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