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Viset calls for lasting solution to Glenview fires

                      The fire destroyed a large part of the Glenview light industries

TellZim Reporter
HARARE
– The Vendors Initiative for Social and Economic Transformation (Viset) has
called upon Harare City Council and other responsible authorities to quickly
find a lasting solution to the fires that perennially gut the Glen View 8 light
industries.
The
latest fires are said to have destroyed 6 000 square metres of the complex on
March 12, costing the hundreds of small scale business people there tens of
thousands of dollars.
The
following day, Viset executive director Samuel Wadzai Mangoma and his team
toured the area to assess the damage.
“Viset
is concerned and alarmed at the recurring fires which keep on destroying the
complex resulting in furniture stocks worth hundreds of thousands of dollars
being lost. There is need to put closure and finality on this issue by all
stakeholders involved because livelihoods are being destroyed and income lost
in the fires that have become a frequent happening at the complex,” said
Mangoma during the tour.
The
following day, Viset released a statement calling upon authorities to, among
other things; improve safety at the complex, be pro-active in disaster
management and formalise the operations of the informal sector.
“The
operations of the complex are not well regulated by the City of Harare as it is
run by a cooperative but it is now important for the council to be proactive
and provide management services to the place which shall include regulating
dangerous activity which may trigger fires and even deployment of fire monitors
to the place.
 “Viset
has long advocated for formalisation of the informal sector so as to increase
regulation and standardise operations of the sector. This is now more urgent
for Glen View Area 8 complex which would benefit immensely from regulation as
it would improve safety and increase income and hence taxes which the
government can benefit from,” part of the statement reads.

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