THE Bulawayo City Council has identified land that can accommodate 2 322 more residential stands in a bid to provide housing for residents and reduce the housing waiting list.
Report by Fortune Moyo Staff Reporter
Currently, the backlog on the housing waiting list is around 98 000.
This was revealed during the local authority’s 2012 review presentation at Large City Hall on Friday.
Bulawayo mayor Thaba Moyo said these additional stands had been identified in four suburbs.
“We have identified land that can accommodate 2 322 stands in the city. These stands have only been identified, but have not yet been serviced,” he said.
“These stands have been identified in Luveve 5, Mahatshula, Magwegwe North and at Emhlangeni.”
Moyo said to date council had fully serviced 1 414 stands.
“To date we have serviced 1 414 stands in various suburbs such as Mahatshula, Pumula South, Emhlangeni, Barham Green and Hyde Park,” he said.
The local authority also revealed that it had been able to resolve 3 000 cases of stands double allocation in Cowdray Parks’ Hlalani Kuhle/Garikai project.
Last month, council revealed that it had availed about 10 000 housing stands.
Under council’s housing scheme, applicants on the housing waiting list are required to pay a deposit of 35% and 15% Value Added Tax of purchase price of the stand with the rest payable over a period of 18 months.
Under this facility, beneficiaries contribute towards the full servicing of the stands by paying an advance to Cuncil for each specific project.
Medium-density stands in Emhlangeni and Mahatshula suburbs cost $8 280, those in Emganwini high-density suburb cost $3 231 and those in Pumula South were pegged at $3 704.