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Minister tours new capital city site


Harare Provincial Affairs minister Miriam Chikukwa yesterday toured Mt Hampden’s new upmarket Sandton suburb near the site of the proposed new Parliament which will form part of the new proposed capital.

BY Staff reporter

Chikukwa commended developer Felix Munyaradzi for complementing the government in the realisation of its dream for a new modern city.

Government is proposing to shift the capital to Mt Hampden as Harare metropolis, which has way exceeded its carrying capacity, struggles to cope with the ever-increasing population due to continued rural-to-urban migration.

Chikukwa, who was in the company of Zanu PF Harare provincial commissar and Harare South MP Shadreck Mashayamombe, called on other businesses to complement the developer by coming to build state-of-the-art hotels and other facilities to be used by legislators after the completion of the $140 million new Parliament building to be constructed by the Chinese.

“I am happy with the developments here. It is a good project. I am happy with the way the road infrastructure is being put up to suit the standards of the new city,” she said.

“We call upon other businesses to complement the efforts by the developer and set up hotels so that MPs will not have to travel to the current capital Harare.”

Mashayamombe said Munyaradzi’s project, about 20km from the central business district, was a welcome development that would see the expansion of Harare and ease pressure on infrastructure in the capital.

“As Harare province, we welcome these developments that will grow our city. I came here to show our support for this project that will see government realise its dream for a new city,” Mashayamombe said.

The new city, according to former Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo, will be modelled along South Africa’s affluent Sandton town in Johannesburg.

Munyaradzi said he was developing 744 hectares of land close to the new Parliament building.

Already, the developer has built roads, water and electricity infrastructure with the servicing expected to be completed by 2018.

“We have paved all the roads and we will surface them next year. We hope to complete the project by 2018,” Munyaradzi said.

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  1. You guys are pathetic with naming the ‘new’ capital site as Sandton. That belongs to South Africa. Only a few months ago you were all complaining that South Africa had ‘hijacked’ Victoria Falls. Pathetic people you are. Just call the new place Salisbury. If you can’t pay salaries on time, how on earth are you going to build a new capital??????

  2. what happened to the zvimba ‘modern city’, byo’s ‘sun city’ blah blah blah, today its mt hampden ‘sandton..’ capital city. disgusting

  3. If u were u Mashayamombe u must keep quiet, for this year what have u done in your area, Hre south was the most affected place, people lost their houses while u were there and u cant do anything, other people are mushrooming in shacks near Barklogistics premises close to Ushewekunze residential area and u dream to build state of the art city which match Sandton in Rsa, your days are numbered my dear come 2018.

  4. How to curb rural to urban migration? First, you as govt, you should go back to the western world and beg for help. B4 you do that, you should do away with policies that scare away investors, exempli gratia indigenisation policy.
    When the investors are here, give them incentives in the form of tax exemptions to set up their factories and industries in rural areas.
    The Chinese do not set up structures that are durable. The buldings you see today built by by the British are durable. The sewer pipes as well as the water pipes installed by the British some decades ago are still used today, shows that the British vis-a-vis the Chinese structures are durable.
    Harare CBD is now an eye sore. Faeces and urine are everywhere. Hwindis urinate in chibuku containers and throw them away. The beggars,street kidz, hwindis, vendors are exacerbating the situation.

  5. The first builder of a city in the Bible was a MURDERER. Any parallels here?

    Genesis 4: 16 Then Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden. 17 Cain had relations with his wife and she conceived, and gave birth to Enoch; and he built a city, and called the name of the city Enoch, after the name of his son.

  6. I doubt these guys even know that Sandton doesn’t even mean anything. What happened to local names like Nemakonde or Karigamombe. A few years ago the government was all ballistic trying to change names such as Churchill, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Edward yet here they are, finding it ok to name the place Sandton.

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