By Sukuoluhle Ndlovu
Masvingo – Council informal market stalls are set to have resumed business by the first week of August, an official has said.
The stalls are still being reconstructed after they were demolished as per the directive from the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works ordering their demolishment.
According to council the new market stalls will be more conducive to operate in.
The Town Clerk for Masvingo City Council said that by the first week of August they expect vendors from the two market sites to be fully operational as most of them registered with the council for the markets.
“All the markets will open at the same time depending on the guidance from the government as we expect the vendors to start operating the first week of August. The markets stalls are still under construction and by the time the markets open, the ongoing construction will be complete,” he said.
No fee for a table has been set yet.
“The council is still to fix the charges per table, per month on signing the lease agreement before moving the table. More than 700 vendors registered with us for the market stalls and we have to accommodate them all but on a lease agreement basis and for those who will be able to pay for the tables.”
In a bid to make sure that the vendors will abide by the lockdown regulations, they will be monitored by the Director of Housing and Community Services and the Municipal Police to ensure compliance with lockdown regulations.