Harare Signs Deals for Construction Projects

By Conrad Mwanawashe

Harare City Council has signed deals with leading financial institutions that will lead to the rolling out of major construction works covering housing, road, terminuses and industrial buildings under its ambitious urban renewal programme. The plan also involves construction of vending markets as council battles to contain illegal selling activities in the city. Already council has signed deals with, CBZ Holdings for the construction of a model multiple - floor market that will house traders of various goods. Council has also signed another multi-million dollar deal with CBZ Bank to replace old flats, in Highfield, Tafara with new latest apartments, among other housing developments.

"We have open spaces where they are going to put the first blocks of flats and progressively we empty people into the new flats and build additional flats," Acting Town Clerk Josephine Ncube said. "We are going to do the same in Tafara and we are going to have other housing developments as well."

In terms of residential developments, council is working more with partners rather than the city doing everything. "The city has to facilitate development. We have entered into partnerships with financial institutions. We are going to be working with FBC developing houses in Kuwadzana and Dzivarasekwa along Bulawayo Road," said Mrs Ncube. They are going to do the servicing and build houses and also sell serviced stands so that those who cannot afford houses can buy stands. What we want to move away from is where people get unserviced land as the cooperatives were doing."

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