Harare’s dreams of achieving world class status by 2025 have been boosted by corporate companies that have partnered with City of Harare to spruce up public spaces at specific road intersections.
The following private organizations are some of many who have made efforts to help Harare once again regain its Sunshine City status: Elgrass Travel Agents, who are responsible for the grass cutting and flowers at the Chiremba road and Robert Mugabe Way intersection; Clarion Insurance Company who maintain the Herbert Chitepo and Enterprise Road intersection; Rooney’s Zimbabwe who maintain the seasonally thematic Enterprise Road and Churchill road traffic round-about; and New Life International Ministries who maintain Robson Manyika Road and Robert Mugabe way.
Writing on its website, Elgrass Travel and Tours said it is working with City of Harare to bring sanity to the city. “City of Harare wants to achieve World Class City status by 2025 and we have decided not just to sit back, relax and see if they can. Instead, we have engaged in a community development programme.
“Our project is taking place at the islands which separate Chiremba Road and Robert Mugabe Way. We are planting lawn, flowers as well as installing trash bins so that we reclaim the glorious days of our beloved city,” noted the company on its website.
Kudzayi Mujeyi, a resident from Cranborne, commended companies involved in giving Harare a facelift and encouraged other corporates to join forces with City of Harare to achieve more. “Corporate social responsibility of this nature is captivating and shows that there is commitment to make Harare a Sunshine City once again,” said Mujeyi.
For a city battling a huge wage bill and poor revenue collections, the efforts of these companies have added some much-needed conviction that its 2025 vision is achievable. According to CoH spokesperson Michael Chideme, CoH are very happy to work with these companies. “As City of Harare, we are ready to work with them because our vision is a shared vision between us and our stakeholders,” said Chideme. He also commended service stations in and around Harare which he said have fully embraced the city’s vision and have improved the exterior and interior of their premises.
City of Harare aims over the next nine years to improve its infrastructure to ensure that it competes with major cities across the globe. The ‘2025’ campaign was launched in 2012 and has led to the completion of some projects like the famous Joina City Mall, and the reopening of the Speke footbridge among other key projects.
Image: Maintenance at the intersection of Robert Mugabe Way and Enterprise Road courtesy of Elgrass Travel and Tours.