It links Charter Street from the south and it juts out to Jason Moyo Street in Harare’s city centre. This is Kaguvi Street.
It is the hub of all sorts of all automobile spare parts that include engine spares, timing belts, ball joints, Shocks, knuckles, tyres, lubricants among others.
The buzz word among the teeming group of sellers is motor spares and accessories.Clad in works suits touts mill around to secure customers and get some markup.Slick posh cars drive through the potholed rugged streets.
Old worn out vehicles also pass through Kaguvi for pimp ups and spruce ups.Some who have grown big have complemented their spare shops by offering car servicing facilities.
Young men bring their cars to put face-lift on their sport cars to spice up the bling on the road.Not to be outdone is the top notch car sound system. There you find a glut of high-end audio systems from your Bose brand, Bowers & Wilkins, Harman Kardon and Lexicon among others.
All kinds of parts are imported from South Africa, China; none are made in the country.
The country’s motor industry has deteriorated over the years.According to the world’s top exports, Global sales for automotive parts exports by country totalled US$392.5 billion in 2019.
The overall value of auto parts exports rose by an average 11.5% for all exporting countries since 2015 when auto parts shipments were valued at $351.9 billion. Year over year, the value of global automotive parts exports decelerated by -5.6% from 2018 to 2019.
Among continents, European countries sold the highest dollar worth of automotive parts exports during 2019 with shipments valued at $199 billion or 48.3% of the global total. Second-place Asia supplied 29.3% followed by North American shipments at 21%. Smaller percentages belong to Latin America (0.8%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, Africa (0.3%) and Oceania (0.2%) led by Australia.
With cross border movement restrictions in place, motor spare parts owners are bemoaning lack delay in consignment delivery.
One trader expressed worry over the delay in delivery of consignments made some 6 weeks back.Consignments were also derailed by slow delivery as the border authorities are taking their time to clear goods.
The street talk is USD and nothing else. All parts are sold strictly in USD.Other forms of payments are not accepted.Employees are earning more than what some in private sectors are paid.With the hype it has, Kaguvi attracts a plethora of vendors more than any other streets in Harare. They are attracted by the USD street economy and nothing else.
From sweets to eggs, vendors also sell second hands goods.