city of Mutare Business
Mutare ~Your Prime  Investment  Destination

Doing Business in Mutare

Mutare is a modern metropolis and has adequate business support services. All commercial banks in Zimbabwe have full fledged branches offering a comprehensive range of banking services.

The banks include:

The city is also served by building societies that provide mortgage finance as follows:

Availability of trained labour

Mutare has got some of the finest education and manpower training facilities in the country. These are:

  • The Zimbabwe College of Forestry;
  • SADC Forestry Technical College;
  • Mutare Technical College;
  • Africa University;
  • Mary Mount Teachers College;
  • Mutare Teachers College
  • A number of private commercial colleges.


In addition to being close to the port of Beira, only 290 kilometres away, Mutare is adequately served by an excellent communications network. Wide tar roads connect the city with the rest of the interior country. Daily and efficient passenger and goods trains link the city to the towns of Nyazura, Rusape, Marondera and Zimbabwe's capital Harare.

Light aircraft can land on the Mutare Aerodrome situated only 5 kilometres from the city centre. Telephone, telegraphic, and facsimile services are based on a state of the art digital exchange and are of a high standard. Express and ordinary mail to any destination in the world are readily available

Mutare's  competitive edge

We offer our prospective investors unique advantages that no other town or city can.

Abundance of resources

The city of Mutare is surrounded by a diverse resource base which offers immense opportunities for investment in a wide range of industrial and commercial activities. Some of the resources are:


Mutare is situated in the heart of Zimbabwe's timber growing areas. The timber resources range from softwoods such as pines to hardwoods which include mahogany and mukwa. This makes Mutare the ideal location for any type of timber based industries such as board and paper, joinery, roof trusses, and furniture manufacturing operations for both local and export markets.

Timber growing and processing is big in Mutare. One of the biggest firms that are involved within the forestry industry is Border Timbers. Border Timbers with other firms such as Wattle Company focus on growing, milling and manufacturing timber products both for local and export purposes.

Another key factory in Mutare is the Mutare Board and Paper Mills, the only producer of newsprint in Zimbabwe. This firm also exports some of its products, bringing in a good amount of foreign currency to Mutare.


Agricultural produce

Mutare's environs are richly endowed with a wide variety of quality agricultural produce particularly vegetables and fruits. These include apples, bananas, grapes, oranges, tomatoes, peas, and beans. This sets Mutare as the logical location for agro-processing industries for canning, freeze-drying and packing these resources. Other agricultural produce include tea, coffee, wheat, cotton and tobacco. Processing factories, textile industries and tobacco auction floors have developed and opportunities exist for the establishment of up and down stream linkages with these industries.

Mutare is home to one of the largest organic tea producers, Tanganda Tea.

Tanganda undergoes no technical manufacturing process and contains no additives, no artificial flavoring, and no chemicals of any kind. Tanganda Tea is the best-selling brand of tea in Zimbabwe and central Africa. It exports bulk tea leaves to the rest of the world. Oh wait! Did you know that six out of every ten cups of tea that are consumed  in England everyday are brewed by  Tanganda! Click here to try Tanganda Tea from Mutare


Attractive Investment Incentives

The city's investment incentives were designed to make it less costly for investors to start up. The unbeatable incentives include:

1. Relaxed land purchase terms:

 For both industrial and commercial investors council offers stands and virgin land on relaxed and negotiable payment terms. A deposit of only 25% of purchase price is required as down payment with the balance payable over 5 years with a provision to negotiate a longer payment period.

2. There is a moratorium on payment of rates for new ventures:

For new industrial development such a moratorium extends for three years. For new commercial investment property taxes are levied at a reduced rate of 50% of payable rates for a period of 3 years from date of purchase.

3. Preferential water and sewerage tariffs:

Council offers preferential water and sewerage tariffs to all new industrial and commercial development at the rate of 50% of payable charges for 3 years from date of purchase of stand.

4. Quick decisions on investment matters:

To facilitate quick decisions on investment issues and thus minimize unnecessary costs to the investor the Council has designated the Town Clerk as its Investment Promotion officer. He liaises with prospective developers on all investment issues such as applications to water, electricity and telephone services etc.

For more information kindly contact:
The Town Clerk; City of Mutare
P.O. Box 910
Telephone: 263 20 64412
Fax: 2632061002


The Director
Zimbabwe Investment Centre
Investment House
109 Rotten Row Road
P.O. Box 5950
Telephone: 2634 75793215 or 759911/6
Fax: 263 4757937 or 759917

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