THE Bulawayo City Council (BCC) has unveiled an ambitious housing project, where it plans to develop 10 000 residential stands at the southern corridor of the city in anticipation of an industrial rejuvenation.
BY MTHANDAZO NYONI
Addressing delegates at an Alpha Media Holdings (AMH) Conversations indaba in Bulawayo yesterday, council chamber secretary Sikhangele Zhou said the development was aimed at reducing the housing backlog currently at around 115 000 people.
“We anticipate that with the industrial rejuvenation, we may need more houses. The housing waiting list is huge and we have, as of now, 10 000 planned stands that we are rolling out at the southern corridor after Bellevue, the remaining extent of Emganwini…” she said.
“So we are looking right now of 10 000 stands. So those in construction and those in such developments there is opportunity of investment in that area as well.”
Recently, the local authority handed over 1 000 residential stands which were serviced under the Rapid Results Approach (RRA) programme.
Under the same programme, council said it has finished servicing 29 stands in Emganwini, 495 in Magwegwe North, 110 in Magwegwe West and 500 in Luveve 5.
They also managed to connect 2 897 houses with water at Hlalani Kuhle/Garikai houses in Cowdray Park.
It has further regularised 8 053 stands at Cowdray Park Hlalani Kuhle to ease the accommodation burden being faced by residents.
Government is currently seized with the housing issue, with the country’s backlog estimated at more than two million.
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