Chinamasa hails Fidelity housing project

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FIDELITY Life Assurance has spent $30 million to service 5 974 residential stands at Southview Park housing project in Harare, Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa has said.

Victoria Mtomba
Business Reporter

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony for Fidelity Life Southview Park yesterday, Chinamasa said the company required $160 million to fully develop houses and stands at the project.

He said the project was expected to reduce the housing backlog in Harare which currently stands at over 250 000 houses.

“Whilst we are talking of plus or minus $30 million in terms of cost of servicing the land, I am also informed that an additional plus or minus $110 million is required for the house construction phase alone in this projects,” said Chinamasa. “Additional funding, currently estimated at $50 million, will be required to ensure fulfilment of the Southview Park dream of self-sustaining community.”

He said the money would be used to buy building materials, including bricks, cement, roofing sheets, tiles, timber and labour. Chinamasa said the project was expected to take close to 18 months to be complete.

The Finance minister said the project demonstrated that insurance companies and pension funds could harness funds for critical infrastructure development.
“Projects of this nature are of national importance and need to be supported.

“I, therefore, urge other insurance companies and pension funds such as Old Mutual and National Social Security Authority to emulate the example of Fidelity Life Assurance,” he said.

Chinamasa said over 2 000 housing stands at the project had already been pre-sold.

The company last year launched the housing scheme on a 323-hectare piece of land along the Harare-Masvingo Road.

The new suburb is also set to have a police station, six primary schools, two secondary schools, six crèches, 14 flats, two commercial stands, an open space and five churches.

South View Park, according to the company, is Harare’s first low-cost housing project in the country since 2000. Fidelity first embarked on housing development projects in 2011 and developed 317 stands in phase one of the Manresa Fidelity Park in Acturus.

For the year ended December 31 2013, the group posted a decline in after-tax profit of $2,5 million compared to after-tax profit of $4,1 million the previous year due to a decline in revenue.

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  3. Nesongano wakaenda kuchikoro here .The story is telling you that we will cater for commercial stands .Saka iwe mashopping mall aunoreva ndeapi .Verenga nyaya wozotaura wanzwisisa.

    Thanx to South view Park land developers at least my dream of becoming a house owner is now coming true.
    We really appreciate you good works.At least if such projects are spread amongst our building societies and many other commercial banks the backlog on the national housing waiting list will be trimmed by a greater percentage.

    Thumbs up to you guys.

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  6. I was at Southview park and not a single road is tarred and the roads were not put a wearing course so there are being damaged by commuter omnibuses and brick/cement delivery trucks. However, people have already started building nevertheless. To say that this is the only such project since 2000 is not correct as CABS/OLD Mutual is building housing units in Budiriro. The roads have been done and the houses built. Phase one had 5000 units and phase 2 will have 2000 units. I was involved in the drilling and blasting of rock there.

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