The First Lady, Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa says the sprucing up of business premises is key in attracting both local and international customers.

This comes as the country accelerates its national clean-up campaign that is expected to transform towns and cities.

The First Lady, who is also the patron of the national clean-up campaign, today visited Harare’s downtown area where buildings are in a dilapidated state.

Bhola hardware is one such company that has led the initiative by transforming its premises, and making itself a centre of attraction in the downtown area.

Amai Mnangagwa encouraged business and property owners to facelift their premises to ensure that Harare goes back to its sunshine city status.

She said the national clean-up campaign will never be complete without the face lifting of buildings in the city.

She called on the Harare Mayor, Councillor Hebert Gomba, who attended the event to revisit council by-laws to ensure businesses are mandated to spruce up their premises.

Harare City Council Town Clerk, Engineer Hosiah Chisango says Harare is the face of Zimbabwe, hence the need to keep it clean.

The First Lady officially opened a new branch of Bhola hardware in downtown and launched the sprucing up drive by painting the building in an effort to encourage other business people in the down town area to also upgrade their premises.