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guidelines for flea markets set
November 30, 2005
Harare City Council has
set stringent guidelines for the operation of flea markets in the
city and has also outlawed the operation of such markets in central
The by-laws guiding vending
in the city are being amended to include the expansion of the Central
Business District (CBD). New areas have been incorporated into the
CBD following the growth of the city.
Flea market licences
will only be valid for a year and would be renewed on condition
that the operator has not violated any regulations guiding the operation
of the markets.
The guidelines were set
after the removal of all flea market activities in central Harare
during Operation Murambatsvina. The cleanliness that followed the
abolition of flea markets in central Harare forced the city fathers
to set the guidelines.
The guidelines empower
the director of health services to determine the number of stalls
that can be accommodated in any flea market area and the type of
goods to be sold.
Some flea markets had
developed a tendency of selling all sorts of goods ranging from
clothing, farming inputs and foodstuffs.
Developed countries have
specialised flea markets that sell particular products enabling
shoppers to go to one place when they want a certain product.
The cleanliness of sanitary
facilities would be the sole responsibility of the operators.
"The flea market
owner shall ensure adequate provision of refuse receptacles,"
reads part of the guidelines.
The owners would also
provide raised tables at least 70cm from the floor and a selling
space of 1,9 square metres and a floor to roof height of 2,9 metres.
In a related matter,
the city says it would not allow the licensing of mobile phone operators
and airtime card sellers to conduct business on pavements, streets
or pedestrian malls in the CBD.
Such licences would be
issued for operation outside the CBD in consultation with the relevant
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