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Harare Seeks To Convert Golf Courses To Residential Stands

Harare Seeks To Convert Golf Courses To Residential Stands

The City of Harare is seeking to convert two community golf courses into residential and commercial stands.

The two recreational facilities are Sherwood Golf Course in Mabelreign, which was established in 1961, and Warren Hills Golf Course.

Both golf courses were established on land deemed unsuitable for building, such as wetlands, but zoned for recreation.

A Harare City Council environmental management committee set to endorse the deal of converting the golf courses was abandoned on Thursday following disputes between CCC and MDC Alliance councillors over the constitution of committees.

An agenda of the environmental management committee circulated to councillors and managers, prior to the meeting, read:

Change of reservation of portions of stands 8112, 8113, 8118 Warren Park Township and 812 Mabelreign Township from open space and recreation (golf course) to mixed-use development (residential, commercial and community facilities) (Solomon Mujuru Road, Harare Drive, Richwell Avenue and Sherwood Drive Harare).

Meanwhile, environmental management committee chairperson, Councillor Tendai Matafi, on Friday, 6 May told The Herald that the generation of agendas was the duty of technocrats. He said:

As a committee, we verify if the whole process is in order. We then recommend to the ministry using section 43 subsection 3 of the Urban Councils Act.

It is the Minister of Local Government, through physical planning, who gives the go-ahead or cancels.

Town planning matters are done by town planners. The item must be accompanied by circulations from departments that also have technocrats.

The Environmental Management Agency is also a player in that matrix to confirm the issue of wetlands and soil texture.

Sherwood, which is a wetland, was the major golf course for the Mabelreign and Meyrick Park areas with an active membership but its fencing and other amenities were vandalised in the 2000s.

There are also plans to renovate Warren Hills golf club into a world-class golf facility after its standards deteriorated over the past two decades.

More: The Herald

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ūü§¶ 2¬†weeks ago

even some places that were used as parks in some areas have to be turned to something coz we nolonger see the significance of them existing.
It's just pieces of land being wasted.

Maparamuro 2 weeks ago

This 8s what happens when you vote the wrong people into council. Party activism is never the same as governing a city, town or rural district. Governing requires visionaries not these party activists who can hardly see beyond the end of their terms of office

Asalif 2 weeks ago

Makandiwa's church was built on a wetland what's so special about it give people pekugara

Bonzo 2 weeks ago

Wetlands asi chirungu hamuchinzwe Kani siyai kuvaka dzimba imomo munoti Smith akanga akapusa here kusiya mawetlands akadaro kwanani

shaya dzembongoro 2 weeks ago

siyai vaite build muma wetlands.. vachatama voga vaine zvi title deeds mumaoko dzimba dzazara mvura mu rain season

builder 2 weeks ago

Zimbabwe we are lagging behind in technology ,In Dubai engineers are passing on & verify the the authenticaty of erecting buildings mumvura chaimo yes musea chaimo most hotels are direct built munyanza
imi mukushandisa tubook twakasoonyorwa nema engineer venguva yaRhodes ,things change,life is moving imi mukutaura zvewetland mukore uno
are u aware that new borrowdale residential iye is under wetland kwakavakira vana Sadomba naana Wadyajena kuye
they built those properties using special foundation up to now no moisture content reported we need to shift this backward mindset which was left muma Cevil engineering modules

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