64 families to be housed at Dombotombo flats upon completion

By Jerold Sasa

THE government is confident that it will achieve the target of constructing more than 200 000 housing units by 2025, judging by the massive progress registered on ongoing projects across the country.

With construction of flats in Dombotombo high suburb of Marondera on course, government says the progress made so far confirms that the target of constructing 220 000 housing units by 2025 is achievable.

The blocks of flats are expected to be ready for occupation by October this year.

National Housing and Social Amenities Minister, Honourable Daniel Garwe, who was on an assessment tour of the project is confident the contractor will meet the set timelines.

“Working with our development partners who include private contractors and developers we will get to our target as part of ensuring our people get descent accommodation,” he said.

Minister Garwe also revealed that they have adopted the 50 percent concept where government will provide decent accommodation at half the cost.

“We want to make use of technology, we will build our houses at affordable cost at the minimum possible time,” said Minister Garwe.

The contractor is confident of meeting the set targets and expressed gratitude to government for empowering indigenous companies.

“We want to thank our government for having given us the opportunity to prove ourselves as indigenous companies that we are equally competent,” said Kennedy Bunhu, the contractor.

Four blocks of flats set to house 64 families are under construction in Marondera, with the second phase having another two blocks enough to accommodate 32 families which will be under rent to buy model, with first preference being given to civil servants.

A similar project in Harare’s Dzivarasekwa suburb where flats are being constructed is expected to accommodate hundreds of families.