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Mugabe promises to deliver over 300K housing units

by Staff Reporter
13 Jul 2016 at 14:31hrs | Views
President Robert Mugabe says the government targets to deliver 313 368 housing units and/or serviced stands, which is over and above the ZIMASSET target of 125 000 by 2018, under this National Housing delivery programme.

He said this today when he officially launched the National Housing Expo, which is being hosted by the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, in conjunction with Event Manager Greeyps Pvt Ltd, at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC).

The conference runs from the 12th to the 15th July.

President Mugabe said for this goal to be achieved it needs an active involvement of all housing stakeholders to pool in resources and investment for sustainable national housing delivery.

On account of overstretched off-site and on-site services in existing major towns and cities, the President said the government approved the concept of the creation and development of self-sustaining new urban settlements near major urban centers.

"The principle is not just to create dormitory or satellite towns but rather create self-contained and sustainable towns that will assist to decongest our conventional cities and towns," said Mugabe.

President Mugabe also reiterated that in this endeavor, the government has already identified readily available sites to pilot the concept, that is Chishawasha, Nyatsime, Knock Malloch and Umvutcha and the concept will be replicated in all the other provinces nationwide.

The conference's objectives include the promotion of private and public partnership in housing sector and self-sustaining new urban settlements, housing policy direction and implementation and low cost housing technologies and strategies sharing, among others.

Source - ZBC