Council to sell 4 000 stands

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Bulawayo City Council has serviced 4 000 stands in an effort to ease the city’s housing backlog currently standing at 100 000.

In a statement, Bulawayo mayor Thaba Moyo said the stands would be allocated this year.

“The 3 743 stands will be sold as pre-sells, which means that people on the housing waiting list contribute towards the full servicing of the stands by paying in advance to the council for each specific project,” he said.

He said the housing project would cover Pumula South, Mahatshula, Engwanwini, Luveve 5, Magwegwe North and Umhlangeni suburbs.

Council has failed to meet the rising demand for new houses owing to economic challenges.

The local authority had stopped servicing stands leaving the responsibility to private developers whose charges are considered prohibitive.

“2012 will also see the establishment of a call centre in the early part of the year, as well as the setting-up of municipal service level standards to increase response time and enhance accountability and transparency in service delivery,” Moyo said.

He, however, blamed residents for failing to pay their rates on time, thereby compromising service delivery. He said in its bid to clamp down on corruption, the council would engage the public to act as whistleblowers.

“Bulawayo City Council remains committed to good governance and will not entertain corrupt dealings and underperformance.

“Our doors are open to people who will help eliminate corruption to report such practices to our administration,” the mayor said.