Traders call for refurbishment of Mandava Market

By Courage Bushe

INFORMAL traders in the town of Zvishavane have implored the local authority to speed up construction and refurbishment of the Mandava Market which started in 2019.

The livelihoods of some residents in Zvishavane’s Mandava and Makwasha suburbs is dependent on informal trading, with over 400 vendors operating around Mandava Market which has been undergoing refurbishment since 2019.

Three years on, the vendors are still waiting amid revelations that the refurbishment should have been completed in 2020.

“Now we are getting into winter it is better, but during rain season our goods are damaged by lack of shelter and it will turn away customers. Council should do something fast,” said one of the venders.

Zvishavane Town Council Acting Secretary Ongororo Mazai says construction works are almost complete and traders will be allocated stalls by the end of this month.

“Most of the works have been done now we are working on ablution facilities and we are hopeful that by next week we will be done everything is in the pipeline. Some time back we encountered some hiccups with the contractor, but we are okay and hopefully by end of May traders will get their stands,” said Mazai.

Informal traders who operate at the market such as curio vendors and flea market operators were disrupted by the outbreak of COVID-19, hence the need for the local authority to speed up construction works.