Government partners with land developers to clear the housing backlog

By John Nhandara

THE government has partnered with various developers in the provision of decent accommodation in all the country’s 10 provinces as part of efforts to clear the housing backlog hovering at more than one million.

The first phase of the project will commence next month, with the developers being tasked with the construction of a minimum of 100 blocks of flats per month in all the provinces.

Giving an update on the state of housing provision in the country at a media briefing in Harare this Monday, National Housing and Social Amenities Minister, Honourable Daniel Garwe said the programme will complement ongoing government projects in the provision of housing to achieve the target of 225 000 housing units by 2025.

“The first phase has four developers. We flighted tenders for developers to join the government in the delivery of houses. Each developer will be assigned to a province.

“We expect that in 12 months, we will have produced 1 200 blocks of flats per province of 20 units each. So we will surpass the target of 225 000 units by 2025 using our new technology,” said the minister.

Local banks such as CABS, FBC, and ZB bank have also sourced affordable lines of credit to the tune of US$63 million from Pan African Financial Institutions specifically for the provision of housing.

“We are working with Pan African financial institutions that are created purely to provide housing finance to African countries,” said minister Garwe.

“Our banks have been accessing affordable lines of credit for housing and the money has been extended to the beneficiaries who are the citizen of this country. The government is also providing affordable land accrued at an intrinsic value to facilitate the provision of houses.

“We have also started constructing blocks of flats in rural communities. Every rural district council will start with a pilot project if five blocks of flats of four stories each of 16 units per block.”

Other housing projects are also being undertaken by the National Building Society, with 695 houses built in Dzivarasekwa now set for commissioning.

There are also other agencies participating in the provision of housing including the National Social Security Authority (NSSA) and the Urban Development Corporation (UDCORP).