Harare’s Donnybrook Stadium Construction, which is expected to be a state-of-the-art sports facility, has been authorised by the Harare City Council. This is in collaboration with the Nakiso Consortium, a property developer associated with Terrence Mukupe, the former Finance Deputy Minister.
Harare’s Donnybrook Stadium Construction will be on an open site close to Donnybrook Racecourse. The leasing agreements between the council and Nakiso are reported to also collaborate with three other developers.
According to the lease agreement, the lessee is only allowed to utilise the stand for sports, educational, and entertainment reasons. Furthermore, without the previous written approval of the lessor, the lessee will not be permitted to install or cause to be erected on the stand any buildings or other improvements on the site.
According to finance committee minutes, the Nakiso Consortium was given 7.3 hectares to build athletic, educational, and entertainment facilities, as well as other amenities to support the effort.
So far, Harare’s Donnybrook Stadium Construction has commenced, while other amenities are awaiting permission. Mukupe, who fronts Nakiso, stated that the project’s goal was to offer social facilities to the Donnybrook neighbourhood.
Mukupe stated that the presence of social infrastructures such as recreational facilities, theatres, and educational infrastructure would supplement economic development.
“As Nakiso, we have seen it prudent to ensure the country’s development story is complete and provide the social amenities that have been missing in the Donnybrook area”, Mukupe stated.
The present sport and recreational facilities in the neighbourhood, such as the racing and shooting club, are white-dominated and exclusively serve the affluent and elite. However, the Nakiso project will benefit everyone from the adjacent villages of Mabvuku, Tafara, Donnybrook, Greendale, and Manresa.
Harrison Marange was given five hectares in the same location by the council for the building of an educational institution. This project’s work has already begun.