Hlalani Kuhle/Garikai dou­ble books stands

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nqo­bile Tshili Chron­i­cle Cor­re­spon­dent

THE Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil (BCC) has re­vealed that nearly 8 700 peo­ple were af­fected by dou­ble al­lo­ca­tion of stands un­der the Hlalani Kuhle/Garikai hous­ing project in Cow­dray Park sub­urb.

When coun­cil took over the hous­ing project from Gov­ern­ment in 2012, it re­vealed that there had been dou­ble al­lo­ca­tion of stands, but this is the first time it has re­leased the num­ber of peo­ple af­fected.

The coun­cil said since it took over the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the hous­ing project, it has al­lo­cated peo­ple more than 3 000 stands from the ini­tial 9 000 to solve the prob­lem of dou­ble al­lo­ca­tions.

BCC’s as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of hous­ing and com­mu­nity ser­vices Mr Dic­tor Khu­malo told a me­dia brief­ing on Tues­day that coun­cil re­quires over 4 000 new stands to put the dou­ble al­lo­ca­tion is­sue to rest.

“The project was handed over to coun­cil by the Gov­ern­ment in March 2012 for gen­eral ad­min­is­tra­tion and pro­vi­sion of ser­vices as a self-help hous­ing project.

The coun­cil has to date at­tended to 8 690 in­di­vid­u­als af­fected in dou­ble al­lo­ca­tions.

It re­quires 4 345 new stands for the af­fected peo­ple. To date over 3 492 dou­ble al­lo­ca­tions have been re­solved (stands al­lo­cated),” said Mr Khu­malo.

He said un­der coun­cil’s ad­min­is­tra­tion, the Hlalani Kuhle/Garikai hous­ing project cov­ers 12 119 stands from 9 000 stands.

More than 850 peo­ple are await­ing re-al­lo­ca­tion of stands while 627 have with­drawn their ap­pli­ca­tions.

Mr Khu­malo said coun­cil has also made progress in en­sur­ing that the stands are ser­viced.

“So far we’ve ser­viced 8 000 stands (ser­viced with water) and 2 000 stands ser­viced with sewer.

How­ever, the roads re­main an out­stand­ing is­sue,” said Mr Khu­malo.

He said the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the stands ne­go­ti­ated a down­ward pay­ments re­view from the ini­tial $50 to $15 per month — @nqot­shili.

Some of the houses in Cow­dray park

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