Harare council pledges 30 000 homes in 5 years

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HARARE – The Harare City Council has pledged to construct 30 000 housing units in the next five years amid a backlog of more than 500 000 houses.

Justin Chivavaya, the director of housing and community services,  made the pledge when he presented his departmental plan in a full council meeting last week.

Initially, the committee on education, health, housing and community services and licensing, had pledged to provide 15 000 houses, but it was later revised.

“The provision of housing be doubled to 30 000 stands in the five-year strategic plan,” reads the full council minutes.

Among some of the projects that Chivavaya’s department would embark on is the refurbishment of hostels and servicing of 2 500 stands in Hopley.

However, the move to built 30 000 housing units was not met with much joy as councillors said the number was still too low.

Councillor Girisoti Mandere said the number of houses was too little for the growing population of Harare.
“Despite increasing the figure by double it is still not enough considering that we have a housing backlog of more than 500 000 now,” Mandere said.

Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni also concurred, saying something needed to be done to increase the figure.

Charles Nyatsuro, chairperson of the committee, had  earlier said they planned to carry on with some of the projects that had been left behind by the Muchadeyi Masunda-led administration.

Among them was the CABS housing deal, which according to council minutes, is going to have 3 000 core houses being constructed within five years.

In the agreement, 3 102 core houses worth $15 million will be built in Budiriro high density surburb.
The houses, which are intended for low-income earners, will be built over a two-year period, according to the agreement.

Each of the four-roomed core houses will cost an estimated $12 000.

Among other projects to be undertaken include the construction of classroom blocks in Hatcliffe, Hopley and Yemurai primary schools respectively.

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