IDBZ, government launch Mbare flats project

Emmerson Njanjamangezi

THE government, in partnership with the Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe (IDBZ), on Wednesday launched the US$2,8 million Waneka Flats Phase 3 development project in Mbare, Harare.
Under Phase 3, two blocks of flats with 48 units and a day care centre to accommodate 72 learners, would be constructed. Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony in Mbare, IDBZ chief executive Thomas Sakala said the project was part of the bank’s efforts to avail decent accommodation across the country.

“The project will be delivered at an estimated total cost of US$2,8 million. Waneka Phase 3 is part of the required concerted efforts to continuously provide new and decent accommodation to citizens of Zimbabwe,” he said.

Waneka Phase 1 and Phase 2 consisted of the construction of 12 blocks of flats comprising 286 units of one and two bedroom apartments.

“Phase 1 was completed in 2009 at a total cost of US$1,8 million and it produced three blocks of flats. Phase 2 which comprises nine blocks of flats was completed in 2018 at a cost of US$10,5 million,” Sakala added.

Apart from the Waneka project, the government has identified four sites under phase one of the Mbare Re Development Programme with the potential to accommodate in excess of 2 000 households at an estimated cost of $6,5 billion.

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