The housing delivery value chain is being considered critical in line with socio-economic developmental goals of the nation.

While concern is being raised over the excess demand of housing against  limited supply, experts contend local authorities compliance to ZIM ASSET targets on housing, the provision of planned housing, public private sector partnerships, high rise building structures and affordable loans are critical in solving housing challenges in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe is forging ahead with various programmes to utilise land with the main objective being to ensure citizens have access to decent housing.

With the country’s blue print, ZIM ASSET infrastructure and utilities cluster focusing on solving challenges affecting housing delivery systems across the country, Homelux managing director Mr Justin Machibaya said a planned housing system is key in attracting investment within the housing delivery.

With the demand for land exceeding supply a development that has resulted in high costs of property developments, First Mutual Properties managing director Mr Christopher Kudakwashe said Zimbabwe should copy from countries such as China, India and Malaysia in adopting high rising building models as a possible solution.

There is need for Zimbabwe to redefine the meaning of low cost housing which will embraces the lowly income across the country, notes Estate Agents Council of Zimbabwe vice president Mr Nico Kuipa.

With the formulation of a national housing financing institution, creation of a ZIM ASSET cluster on housing, the government is seemingly committed towards housing development, however stringent borrowing conditions and inconsistent commitment in solving factors hindering the success of the housing delivery systems, are issues that need redress.