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Council targets 30 000 new houses

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HARARE City Council says it plans to refurbish most Mbare hostels and construct 30 000 new housing units in the capital as part of its new drive to ease the housing backlog over the next five years.

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“The provision of housing be doubled to 30 000 stands in the five-year strategic plan”, part of the council minutes approved by the councillors last week read.

The council also said it planned to refurbish 20 community facilities, increase burial space by 5 000 units and learning facilities by 3%.

In addition, the council said it planned to service 2 500 Hopley stands, construct 500 housing units in Chizhanje,

3 102 housing units in Budiriro through a joint venture with CABS and allocate 1 000 stands to employer-assisted housing schemes and another 2 000 to housing cooperatives and pay schemes.

However, Glen Norah councillor Herbert Gomba described the target as insignificant when compared to the city’s housing backlog of 500 000 housing units.

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