Co­op­er­a­tives build 100k houses coun­try­wide

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business - Mid­lands Cor­re­spon­dent

HOUS­ING co-op­er­a­tives across the coun­try have built about 100 000 houses since 2009, con­tribut­ing sig­nif­i­cantly to the re­duc­tion of the hous­ing back­log, a Cab­i­net Min­is­ter has said.

Small to Medium En­ter­prises and Co-op­er­a­tive De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Sithem­biso Ny­oni told Busi­ness Chron­i­cle that lo­cal au­thor­i­ties need to avail land for res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment to co-op­er­a­tives that are prop­erly con­sti­tuted to in­crease hous­ing de­vel­op­ment.

She said: “Well or­gan­ised co-op­er­a­tives have proved that they are the only ones which have pro­vided de­cent houses to the poor and low in­come learn­ers over the last decade.

“Statis­tics in my min­istry show that since 2009, hous­ing co-op­er­a­tives have pro­vided al­most 100 000 houses for them­selves na­tion­wide.

“This comes as lo­cal au­thor­i­ties have failed to pro­vide de­cent hous­ing for the poor and low in­come earn­ers.

“I am in con­stant dis­cus­sions with Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Min­is­ter (Saviour Ka­sukuwere) and I am sure very soon he will pro­vide stands for houses for co-op­er­a­tives.” The Gov­ern­ment has pledged to build at least 150 000 houses ev­ery year to re­duce the na­tional hous­ing wait­ing list, which stands at about one mil­lion. SMEs.

“This is quite a great priv­i­lege and as a com­pany we shall con­tinue to forge ahead and take a step in hous­ing short­age ame­lio­ra­tion through work­ing to­wards the gov­ern­ment’s ob­jec­tive of achiev­ing 313 000 hous­ing units by 2018,” said Mr Manzungu.

Min­is­ter Ny­oni dur­ing her tour also vis­ited com­pa­nies such as Mid­lands Met­als, Tanaka Flea mar­ket, Nyan­gara Fabri­ca­tion and Mkoba 6 in­dus­tries among oth­ers — @pchi­tumba1.

Mean­while, Min­is­ter Ny­oni said her min­istry will fa­cil­i­tate SMEs’ par­tic­i­pa­tion at in­ter­na­tional ex­hi­bi­tions as part of ef­forts to link them with re­gional and in­ter­na­tional mar­kets.

“The Gov­ern­ment fa­cil­i­tates and you have to ag­gres­sively find your own mar­ket and time and again our min­istry gets in­vited to trade fairs.

“For in­stance next month we have been in­vited by Por­tu­gal and we would like to see SMEs with qual­ity prod­ucts who should come through their or­gan­i­sa­tion be­ing part of the del­e­ga­tion so that they go and ex­hibit their prod­ucts,” she said.

“In that way they are mar­ket­ing their prod­ucts and at the same time they link up with in­vestors who would want to in­ject cap­i­tal in their busi­nesses, which will make them grow.”

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port re­leased by the World Bank in 2012 the in­for­mal sec­tor con­trib­utes 80 per­cent of pri­vate sec­tor em­ploy­ment and 60 per­cent of the coun­try’s gross do­mes­tic prod­uct.

Min­is­ter of Small to Medium En­ter­prises and Co-op­er­a­tive De­vel­op­ment, Sithem­biso Ny­oni

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