Zimbabwe unveils $100 Million housing project
The government of Zimbabwe is set to partner Chinese investors to construct $100 million worth of houses made from prefabricated materials as it seeks to meet its Zim-Asset target of building more than 300 000 housing units in the next five years, Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister Saviour Kasukuwere, has said. Minister Kasukuwere said the Chinese technology was now being localised with the Chinese firm working in Dzivaresekwa. “We are moving into this kind of housing which has been approved by the Standard Association of Zimbabwe and also accepted by our ministry.
The structure can be put up in six days and if we roll out this programme our thinking as Government is that we should be able to accommodate a serious number of our people and be able to provide descent shelter,” he said. Minister Kasukuwere said his ministry was negotiating with Chinese firms and the first phase of the housing scheme will see $100 million worth of houses being constructed. “Most of the material is being manufactured locally. We believe this is a technology transfer opportunity for our young people to learn and we believe going forward it will spread as people will be able to do this quite easily in the various sectors. Minister Kasukuwere said Udcorp has been tasked to regularise Stoneridge to ensure that the area has accessible roads and other amenities.