Govt Orders Councils To “Clean Up & Refurbish Workplaces For SMEs & Informal Traders” During Lockdown

The Ministry of Local Government and Public Works in a letter dated 8 April 2020 instructed local authorities to clean up and refurbish workspaces for Small to Medium Enterprises and Informal traders.

This comes amid reports that Harare City Council on Saturday vandalised roadside vending stalls belonging to informal traders, “in the name of sanitising the city.”

Some were accusing the local authority of being “insensitive,” however, the letter would exonerate the council as it acted on a directive from the central government.

The letter that was addressed to Town Clerks or Secretaries and Chief Executive Officers reads in part:


At the ninth Cabinet meeting it was resolved that Local Authorities should take advantage of the national lockdown to clean up and renovate Small and Medium Enterprise and informal traders workspaces so that these areas will be more conducive to operate from when business reopens.

Please make every effort to comply with this resolution. To this end, workers in this area would be classified as ‘essential’ in terms of Circular Minute 2 of 2020 and they should be provided with the necessary protective clothing and equipment whilst they undertake their duties.

Z.R. Churu Secretary for Local Government and Public Works

Copied: The Honourable Minister of Local Government and Public Works All Acting Provincial Development Co-ordinators


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