Ward 5 is one of the most diverse in Harare. It is partly residential, part commercial and part industrial. The biggest suburb in the ward is Belvedere, which lies to the west of Harare’s Central Business District. The ward connects to the western suburb of Warren Park where the National Stadium is located.
The suburb is home to Zimbabwe Meteorological Services, City of Harare’s Wilkins Hospital, St. Giles Rehabilitation Centre, the Institute of Technology, the Harare Polytechnic College and Harare’s only Teacher Training College, as well as Exhibition Park, the second biggest exhibition venue in the country (after the Zimbabwe Trade Fair grounds in Bulawayo). A recent addition is the Long Cheng Plaza mall, a 62,000m2 shopping centre which made headlines when environmentalists claimed it was constructed on a wetland in violation of the country’s environmental laws.
One of the other suburbs is Milton Park, a mixed purpose area that consists of residential properties, businesses and diplomatic missions. The suburb is laid out in the form of a rectangular grid, about 2km to the north of the central business district. “Life in this suburb has broken up somewhat as many of the houses have been turned into commercial premises,” said Robert Stally, who has fond memories of what life used to be like in the early days of the city. “I remember you could look directly to the Harare Kopje area before the streets that run east to west were lined with beautiful trees.”
Other suburbs in the ward include Ridgeview, part of Mabelreign and Monavale, which is home to a Ramsar Site, the Monavale Vlei. A community organisation, COSMO, grew out of the Monavale Residents’ Environmental Group and is also part of the ward (see left).
The ward has a number of primary schools: Admiral Tait Primary School, Louis Mountbatten, Belvedere Junior School, Ridgeview Primary, while Alan Wilson and Prince Edward are the only secondary schools.
Size: 20,35 sq km
People/sq km: 1,067
Number of Households: 5,782
Average size: 3.8