The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 3, 1966 — Pu­mula is one of Bu­l­awayo’s old­est and cheap­est town­ships in which to live. There are now 919 fam­ily houses there, and more are be­ing built.

Placed eight miles west of the City, it was first set­tled about 14 years ago on a home own­er­ship scheme. But it still has no wa­ter-borne sew­er­age sys­tem, no elec­tric­ity ex­cept for street lights, and no pub­lic tele­phone.

And some res­i­dents have be­gun to take stock of what their com­mu­nity lacks but ought to have.

One has said that a phone booth has to be in­stalled so that res­i­dents can con­tact the hos­pi­tal in an emer­gency.

A City Hous­ing and Ameni­ties Depart­ment of­fi­cial ex­plained re­cently that, as with other town­ships, the fa­cil­i­ties lack­ing at Pu­mula could be pro­vided if res­i­dents were pre­pared to meet the costs of main­te­nance. Pu­mula, he said, started as an “aus­ter­ity home-own­er­ship scheme’’ for poor fam­i­lies seek­ing cheap ac­com­mo­da­tion.

An ap­pli­ca­tion had been made, and ac­cepted, for a tele­phone booth, he said.

A spokesman for the Post Of­fice’s telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions depart­ment said they could not go ahead with the job as stocks of the equip­ment needed had run out, and it was not known when sup­plies would be avail­able.

A stand in the town­ship can be at­tained with a de­posit of be­tween £25 and £45, de­pend­ing on the size of the house. The full cost of a stand is be­tween £250 and £260, which the pur­chaser can bor­row and pay back monthly. Each stand is also sub­ject to a ser­vice charge of £1. 10s.

Aqua-priv­ies, con­structed by the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity at all stands pro­vide the cheap­est form of san­i­ta­tion.

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