Harare unveils 800 houses

HARARE - At least 800 houses constructed under the Harare City Council (HCC) and Cabs partnership are ready for occupation.

This was said by town clerk Tendai Mahachi during a tour of the new suburb located in Budiriro. Mahachi said the houses would be officially handed over to the recipients in May.

In the agreement, 3 102 core houses worth an estimated $15 million have been built in Budiriro high density suburb.

The houses, which cater for various income groups, will be repaid over 20 years through mortgage loans being issued by Cabs.

“The big handover will be in May and after that the individual units will be given to their owners after the vetting process is finalised and the structures are complete,” Mahachi said.

“We also aim at increasing the units to 4 000. The houses include a two-roomed structure with a slab and another without as well as a four-roomed house which all have room for extension. The prices will range from $22 000 to $27 000 according to the size.”

He indicated that the major impediment to development of the project was off site infrastructure such as roads and water, which are costly.

Mahachi highlighted that the new suburb, which is yet to be named, has its own sewer and water reticulation system.

“A five-million-litre water reservoir has been constructed in Marimba Park to supply water to the housing project and nearby housing estates,” Mahachi said. “Two new sewer pump stations have been built while a third one has been rehabilitated.”

Housing being a major element of ZimAsset, Mahachi said, it was best to utilise such partnerships as a way to develop and leverage strength.

He said the city would benefit through rentals of the factory shells and through employment creation while council will soon avail commercial stands for the construction of shops and other services like hair salons, surgeries and vending sites.

He said with a housing backlog of more than 500 000, the project will reduce the problem by up to 3 000 housing units.

Among other housing projects in the pipeline are the George Stark flats in Mbare that will provide 288 units which comprise 72 units per flat.

Mahachi indicated that there were other projects yet to be finalised.

Last year, HCC pledged to construct 30 000 housing units to cut on the huge backlog in accommodation.

In an interview with the Daily News earlier, Harare deputy mayor Thomas Muzuva indicated that HCC had been given 27 farms stretching to Mazowe in order to accommodate the growing population.

Comments (3)

"Recipients", Reporter! These houses are being sold only to those who can afford, and the majority of us wont even look at them because we cant afford the terms, and we chickened out. If they were being given for free, the word recipient would perfectly fit. So dont make it sound like they are being doled out for free like farms in 2000 (I have said in 2000 because now the farms are no longer for free, although we are meant to believe they are. Just go on the ground)

Taurai - 3 April 2014

how do we get these houses i have been a lodger in harare for almost 30 years i have always been told hapana chinhu please give us details so we can apply also

alex - 3 April 2014

FOR SALE HP TONER CARTRIDGES 05A, 10A, 11A, 12A, 13A, 15A, 24A, 35A, 36A, 49A, 51A, 53A, 55A, 61A, 64A, 70A, 78A, 80A, 85A, 90A, AND MANYMORE 0772 678 311

GALLERYCARTRIDGE - 4 April 2014

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