Wards 4 and 11 stretch from Coventry Road in the Lytton Industrial area through Cripps Road, Remembrance Drive, Aberdeen Road, Simon Mazorodze Road, Willowvale Road, Highfields Road, and Lytton Road through to Kambuzuma Road.
The wards partially include one of the oldest townships in the country, Mbare. Originally it was called Harari Township and gave its name to the present day City of Harare.
It was the first high-density suburb (township), being established in 1907. It was located near the city cemetery, sewage works, and abattoir. It was originally called Harare (Harari) Township, a name later on used for the capital city itself. Harare is a corruption of Haarari, meaning ‘One who never sleeps’ and this was the name given to the Zezuru Chief of this north eastern part of Zimbabwe, a Chief Harava.
Mbare’s features include Rufaro Stadium, which hosted the 6th Africa Games. It is home to one of the country’s largest soccer teams, Dynamos, also known to its fans as “DeMbare.” You’ll also find the Mai Musonza Hall, one of Harare’s oldest theatre centres. Stodart Hall, which houses bodies of state veterans ahead of burial, is also located in Mbare.
It has produced renowned sportspersons like local soccer legend George Shaya, boxer Proud Chinembiri aka, Kilimanjaro and musicians like the late Jethro Shahsa, Manu Kambani and The Mbare Trio.
Another landmark is the government built male-only hostels that were constructed in the 1940s to accommodate the growing population and to corral the labour force. These still stand, their brick and concrete exteriors chipped and cracked, their windows missing, broken or rimmed with dirt. People crowd around the doors and open landings, taking refuge on cool concrete shaded from the midday sun. It has the famous community hall called Mai Misodzi Hall.
Mbare encompasses one of the country’s largest produce markets. Mbare’s most famous attraction is the Curio Market, the largest market for traditional artwork, including soapstone sculpture and Mbira instruments. In addition, the largest food and vegetable markets, and a second-hand clothing market operate in Mbare.
A local flea market, Mupedzanhamo, is the biggest in the city, selling second-hand clothing and other goods. Its name in Shona means “the finisher of all problems”.
The second market is Magaba loosely translated to mean ‘tins’ as in metal containers; this is a market place for metal work and other craftsmanship. This is a hub for budding entrepreneurs and artists where affordable products for the residents of Mbare are made. They make products such as cooking pots, cups, bathing basins and carpentry work such as tables, beds, chairs, display cabinets and even coffins. These create a livelihood for a substantial portion of the population of the suburb.
The central bus station, Mbare Musika, is linked to all major roads it is the hub linking buses to many different destinations in Zimbabwe and neighbouring countries. Trade and transport are the pillars of economy in Mbare.
Mbare has six government primary schools namely Chirodzo, Gwinyai, Chitsere, Shingirai, Nharira and George Stack Primary School. There are two faith based schools; St Peter’s Roman Catholic School and Chiedza, a Salvation Army school.
Health facilities include, the Beatrice Infectious Centre, Mbare Polyclinic and The Medical Exam Centre.