The proposed Makokoba redevelopment plan has excited residents of Bulawayo’s oldest residential area who believe that it will transform their lives.

Infrastructure development is one of the key priorities set by the second republic and plans to spruce up old townships such as Makokoba have brought smiles to many.

In a recent Bulawayo Devolution Conference, the Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, Cde July Moyo underscored the need for planning authorities to densify and build multi-storey structures.

“Infrastructural development must start now, the nation cannot afford to further postpone the plan to revamp old townships. Densify your cities, go up. As we look at the redevelopment of Makokoba suburb together with the city council, we are also saying our national housing structure must address these old townships that were handed to us. Now we think that they are part and parcel of us even though we see that there is something that needs to be done. After regeneration of Makokoba, we want to see everyone wishing to go and stay there,” Minister Moyo said.

Delighted residents said they cannot wait any longer for the massive project to kick off as the current settlement is an eyesore to many.

The proposed project will also see installations of new sewer and water reticulation systems in the city’s oldest residential area.