Government has made significant progress in housing development programmes launched throughout the country last year following the disbursement of US$25 million from the fiscus.
The Ministry of National Housing and Social Amenities, which acquired US$10 million from the allocated US$25 million, has made progress in the housing development project in Harare, Kwekwe and other parts of the country.
Updating the nation on the progress made so far, the ministry’s Acting Permanent Secretary, Engineer Theodious Chinyanga noted that servicing of over 740 stands is nearing completion, while in HarareÂ three of the 15 blocks of flats being constructed are at various stages of completion.
Engineer Chinyanga noted that the ministry has partnered various local authorities in the servicing of the land in efforts to clear the ever increasing national housing backlog, adding that these programmes are not for civil servants only but for the majority of Zimbabweans.
The housing ministry was allocated $16,2 million in the 2011 Budget.
Of this amount $12,3 million was allocated to the National Housing Fund which advances loans to individuals, local authorities and community-based organisations for development of housing infrastructure.
The Ministry of Finance is still to disburse the remaining US$15 million from last yearâ€™s allocation.