15 August 2017
HARARE has resolved to hand over 7 100 square meters of their Crowborough land to Home Link (PVT) Limited, which will see the latter develop residential flats for the poor in Harare.
Home Link will construct and avail on-mortgage one to three bedroomed flat units at council’s stand number 940 in Crowborough where four-storey walk-up apartments will be erected.
The deal will ultimately see Home Link out rightly purchase the land from council at a price to be determined by finance director Tendai Kwenda.
Council’s Housing and Social Development director, Edmore Nhekairo, said that he had been approached by Home Link representatives for the development project and council will supervise all infrastructural work on the piece of land.
“This housing project is a welcome development since it would assist in reducing the City’s housing waiting list. It will also be a source of revenue generation as council would levy the rates to the residential flat purchasers,” said Nhekairo.
Acting Town Clerk, Josephine Ncube said he had approached a number of banks who had offered to partner with council in different pay schemes which would cater for the low, middle and high income earners.
“Engaging banks is the only way to go if Harare is to deliver housing to its residents. This is the route which had been taken by most cities with successful housing projects,” said Ncube.
Acting chamber secretary Charles Kandemiri has been tasked to conduct a visit to one city that has a successful housing project where council can learn from.