By Yolanda Moyo
A modern students’ accommodation expected to house more than 1 000 students is under construction in Bulawayo.
Public and private sector partnerships have seen the first of its kind students accommodation in the country being built in Bulawayo to provide decent and secure accommodation.
The accommodation facility dubbed “Bulawayo Students City” is expected to house more than 1 000 students from tertiary institutions, with sixty percent of the place being offered to female students.
While speaking after touring the US$17 million facility in Bulawayo this Monday, Finance and Economic Development Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube reiterated government’s commitment to investing in infrastructural development.
“It is going to solve accommodation problems for students from all tertiary institutions. I am glad that it is almost done. The project has been financed through the project has really worked as a public private partnership. You can see that IDBZ is spreading out and building such infrastructure across our urban cities,” he said.
The students’ city will be a one stop centre which will provide all facilities required by students and is set to be opened by the first quarter of next year.
“We call it Student’s City because it will provide all facilities under one roof. There will be entertainment facilities, supermarkets, banks, laundry facilities and fast food. The student does not have to go far. The public is allowed but they will be security at all points of entry to the students hostel,” said Mr Thomas Sakala, CEO Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe.
The facility, a joint venture comprising the Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe, Old Mutual, Zimnat and Mining Industry Pension Funds, is expected to be replicated in cities where there are universities, with Lupane expected to be the second beneficiary of such a facility.