Beer halls become flea markets

The City Council has started converting some of its beer halls into flea markets and home industries, mainly in the high density suburbs.

Elangeni Beer Garden in Tshabalala– soon to be a flea market.
Elangeni Beer Garden in Tshabalala– soon to be a flea market.

In 2010 the Bulawayo Municipal commercial undertaking that runs Ingwebu Breweries was dogged by viability problems and closed 16 beer halls.

Ward 21 councillor, Reuben Matengu, said Elengani beer hall and Ntabeni beer hall in Sizinda were among those involved.

Priority in the allocation of stands would be given to those who had lost employment through the relocation or closure of industries. “There is a lot of unemployed people in this area. Unemployment is affecting residents’ ability to pay rates. We hope after affording residents an opportunity to run their own businesses, they will also pay their rates,” he said.

Although residents applauded the idea, some felt the beer halls were not strategically located for business.

“They are in the high density suburbs where business is low compared to the city centre,” said Morgan Ndlovu.

Residents owe council $34 million in rates arrears. Industry and commerce owes $21 million and government $5 million.

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