BULAWAYO City Council has temporarily cordoned off part of JMN Nkomo and Fife Street to pave way for the annual mock Christmas Mall.
by Nqobile Bhebhe
The mock mall was originally meant to promote business in the area ahead of the official unveiling of the late Vice-President Joshua Nkomo’s statue on December 2013.
Since then, it has become a permanent feature and has courted the ire of established shops outside the vicinity.
On Saturday, a handful of traders had taken up their stalls.
Acting town clerk Sikhangele Zhou said: “The public is hereby informed that a portion of Jason Moyo Street between 9th Avenue and Leopold Takawira and a portion of 8th Avenue between JMN Nkomo and Fife Streets shall be temporarily closed by Bulawayo City Council from December 12 2015 at 8am to accommodate the annual Christmas Mall and to promote business from various companies and individuals in this area.”
She said council had allocated sites for various permitted activities on the mall, but “subject to written permission from council”.
The activities range from lectures and cultural events involving dance groups and theatre.
“All other forms of cultural displays would be promoted during this event. Commercial activities where shops can establish open markets where they can promote their goods and services.
“Vending is strictly prohibited within the mall”.
Last year, businesses operating along the cordoned off sections complained that they were losing out on business.