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Masvingo councillors adopt new masterplan

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Economic corridor through CBD
Provincial Hospital in Clipsham
4km Recreational Park along Mucheke River
Holiday homes near Mangwandi

MUNICIPAL REPORTER

MASVINGO – Masvingo City Council this Monday adopted a new masterplan that will guide development in the country’s oldest town for the next 20 years until 2045.
Masvingo lead masterplanner Dr Kudzai Chatiza told The Mirror in an exclusive interview that the plan is now on public exhibition at the Civic Centre for the next eight weeks from July 1 to August 31, 2024 and for that duration the public is being invited to come and inspect and make comments.
Public input will be processed into the masterplan and thereafter the document will be handed over to the Minister of Local Government for final approval.
Chatiza said there are suggestions to open exhibition centres at all council district offices and to post the masterplan on the website for the benefit of Zimbabweans abroad.
“The draft masterplan is done. Councillors adopted it on Monday and we are inviting the public to come and inspect and give their comments,” said Chatiza.
The masterplan proposes a relook of local development plans for the CBD, heavy industrial area and collaboration with Masvingo Rural District Council. It will see the expansion of sports and recreational facilities and better use of open spaces. Some 10 000 high rise high value accommodation facilities are proposed and the city will expand to the southeast incorporating the City council farm into the town.
The masterplan has 5 major highlights which are;
An economic corridor that runs from Mucheke Rank along Shebba Gava Street to Croco Motors and then stretches down along the Rekai Tangwena Street to the Railways Station.
A modern Park (natural environment) starting from Building Brigade near Majange, runs through the valley to Craft Center and follows Mucheke River to its confluence with Shakashe River.
A provincial hospital in Clipsham near Panyanda Lodge
Holiday homes and a wildlife Park to the Northeast of the City near Mangwandi Cemetery. This will also include high-end homes.
The City’s largest bus rank and a mall will be built at the railway station and there is high hope that railway form of transport will thrive again.
The Masterplan looks at Great Zimbabwe University moving to its 53-hectare site near Masvingo Teachers’ College and stretching from there to Mutare Road there will be a golf course and a shopping mall near the turnoff to 4 Brigade.
Masvingo Town Clerk, Engineer Edward Mukaratirwa confirmed the development and said the masterplan drafting process was smooth and fast because councillors were consulted at every stage.
The economic corridor will be a key aspect of the CBD. It will have a light industrial area behind Mucheke Rank and Don Bosco Primary School right up to Mucheke River. After Mucheke there will be mixed economic activities around the current Garikai market, and these activities stretch to Croco Motors and down to the railway station.
Garikai Market will be upgraded and modernised and it will be the market centre for agricultural produce.
The economic corridor takes advantage of Harare Beitbridge Road that will run through it and a new Bridge that will be along it.
Chatiza said there were no open space recreational facilities around Masvingo except the gardens at the Civic Center. The natural environment park which will run through the valley from Building Brigade past Ndarama High, Craft Center and along Mucheke River will be designed for picnics, walking around, resting, cycling, bird watching and it will also be a buffer for local weather.
“We expect the polluted and dirty water along Mucheke and Shakashe rivers to be cleaned and pools will be created along the river to become part of this park. The park will beautify the environs of Masvingo,” said Chatiza.
The planners wanted a provincial hospital built in Clipsham at the turnoff of Great Zimbabwe Monuments Road and the Harare- Beitbridge Highway but the health facility had to be pushed further up the road to an area next to Panyanda Lodge because the land is already taken by a private developer.
The environs of the hospital will have a commercial centre, high-end low-density buildings and high-rise flats particularly for doctors and other medical staff.
The area near Mangwandi Cemetery is set to become the City’s most lush suburb with holiday homes and an open park where wildlife walks through gardens and lawns. There will be a shopping mall and it will be developed as one of the tourist attractions, said Chatiza.

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