Gvt com­mends con­struc­tion sec­tor

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business - Pa­trick Chi­tumba Mid­lands Bu­reau Chief

THE Min­is­ter of Small to Medium En­ter­prises and Co-op­er­a­tive De­vel­op­ment, Sithem­biso Ny­oni has com­mended SMEs in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try for sup­port­ing gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tives to pro­vide de­cent ac­com­mo­da­tion at af­ford­able prices.

Speak­ing af­ter of­fi­cially open­ing a model house for low to medium in­come earn­ers, which was show­cased by a lo­cal con­struc­tion com­pany Zim­build in Mon­trose, Gweru, the min­is­ter said young en­trepreneurs should be sup­ported in their en­deav­ours to pro­vide de­cent ac­com­mo­da­tion to the peo­ple in line with Zim-As­set.

The model house is three bed­roomed and built on a 200 square me­tre stand.

It has PVC ceil­ing, shangalie light­ing, ob­scure win­dows, floor tiling and costs about $20 000 of which terms of pay­ment are agreed upon be­tween Zim­build and the clients.

“This is a beau­ti­ful house and a clear in­di­ca­tion that own­ing a house can be an easy thing if such young en­trepreneurs are sup­ported.

“SMEs must be sup­ported as hous­ing co­op­er­a­tives have built thou­sands of houses across the coun­try in sup­port of the Zim-As­set clus­ter on in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment,” she said.

Mr Ti­nashe Manzungu, Zim­build founder said they saw it fit not to just pro­vide res­i­den­tial stands but to also con­struct houses.

“There are some stand own­ers who would just buy for spec­u­la­tive pur­poses, some will fail to get fi­nances for build­ing their houses, some would strug­gle be­fore com­plet­ing the house and later leav­ing the sur­viv­ing fam­ily vul­ner­a­ble.

“Some peo­ple may have the fi­nances to build but might be lack­ing the ex­per­tise on how to build a de­cent house and there­fore we are com­ing in to con­struct the houses at af­ford­able prices,” he said.

“The com­pany’s dy­namism and flex­i­bil­ity in terms of prod­ucts, ser­vices and pric­ing mod­els has re­sulted in the speedy growth of the en­tity.

“We have em­barked on a mas­sive hous­ing con­struc­tion project in Gweru that will see civil ser­vants and other se­lected com­pa­nies ben­e­fit­ing.”

Mr Manzungu said he was hum­bled by Min­is­ter Ny­oni’s visit, which he said should in­spire other

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