The decongestion of Harare is well on course with Cabinet having considered and approved for the development of Melfort Smart City.
Melfort is strategically located midway between Harare and Marondera, and has potential to become a major economic hub.
This was announced by the Minister of Information ,Publicity and Broadcasting Services Senator Monica Mutsvangwa duringa Post Cabinet Media Briefing in Harare yesterday.
Cabinet wishes to inform the nation that the Ministry of National Housing and Social Amenities, and a consortium of pension and provident funds, banking institutions and other developers fronted by the Zimbabwe Electricity Industry Pension Fund and the ZESA Pension Fund, is collaborating the development of Melfort Smart City,she said.
She also indicated that ,due to its location Melfort has the potential to become an economic hub.
It is endowed with excellent weather conditions, abundant water sources, thriving agricultural activities, a railway line and an elaborate road network,she added.
The city also has a direct link to the airport allowing exporters easy and quick access to the country’s port of entry and exit.
Melfort has a direct link with the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport and the link road will reduce the distances to the airport for the exporters and other vehicular traffic from the East,noted Senator Mutsvangwa.
There are substantial down-stream spin-off benefits accruing from the envisaged development especially considering that the Smart City aims at decongesting Harare.
Given that Melfort Smart City is a private sector-driven development project, the Ministry of National Housing and Social Amenities will engage potential investors on the funding models to ensure that the Concept quickly materialises.
The engagement with potential investors will pave way for the spatial planning of the Smart City. There will be an industrial Park and office park to support spatial efficiency in development, promote import substitution, and develop sustainability and value addition on agricultural produce.