Bindura University of Science Education (BUSE) accommodation woes are set to end after engagements with local firms who have undertaken to construct hostels and apartments that will house 6 000 students.
Enrolment at BUSE continues to rise against a backlog of accommodation prompting the university to engage local firms among them Royale Development which undertook to build 4 000 rooms, Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe (IDBZ) will build 1 200 bedsitter hostels and First Mutual is set to build the rest.
According to BUSE Vice Chancellor Professor Eddie Mwenje the arrangements are at various stages of implementation and about 400 rooms are already under construction.
“Preparations are at an advanced stage and in a few months’ time we should see the construction process taking place. There are so many projects as well that we are undertaking. First Mutual has shown interest in constructing hostels off compass,” said Professor Mwenje.
IDBZ Head of Credit and Operations Unit Mr Norbert Mutasa said feasibility studies are being undertaken to ensure that the accommodation project is bankable while providing affordable living spaces for the students.
“We are actually doing the cost financing models, we had done them but we had to adjust in line with recent price escalations,” Mr Mutasa said.
Mr Mutasa highlighted that apart from developing university accommodation, the IDBZ is also involved in the Kanyemba project aimed at increasing trade and commerce in the area.
Bindura has 2 universities – BUSE and the Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University.