The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 25, 1966 — The Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil’s new £25 000 scheme to pro­vide houses for Coloured fam­i­lies has been com­pleted. Fam­i­lies moved into the last two houses in the 50-unit town­ship at Thorn­grove re­cently.

New ten­ants are pleased with the ac­com­mo­da­tion and a City Coun­cil of­fi­cial said yes­ter­day that there had been twice as many ap­pli­ca­tions as there were houses.

The houses are de­signed for low in­come groups, at £6 15s. a month for all ser­vices, ex­clud­ing lights and wa­ter. They have two bed­rooms, a kitchen, lounge and bath­room. Hot wa­ter gey­sers have not been in­stalled at this stage. This will keep rentals down.

Mr Au­gus­tine An­to­nio, a trac­tor me­chanic at the Bu­l­awayo Golf Club, said of his new home: “It’s quite al­right al­though there is no ceil­ing. I used to pay £9 a month for only two rooms in town and there was no space to grow flow­ers. The place was too small to ac­com­mo­date all of us — our two chil­dren and my sis­ter-in-law.’’

Mrs T Joseph, wife of a re­tired City Coun­cil lorry driver, said they had moved from Sauer­stown where they had been pay­ing £10 a month for rent. The new home had brought their chil­dren nearer to their school, she said.

Build­ing started on the scheme in Fe­bru­ary, af­ter the Govern­ment had ex­pressed con­cern at the con­di­tions in which some of the Coloured fam­i­lies were liv­ing in Har­ris­vale, Hel­len­vale and For­rest­vale.

Coloureds from any area in Bu­l­awayo were el­i­gi­ble to move into Thorn­grove, and the City coun­cil se­lected the new oc­cu­pants. More houses will be built in the near fu­ture with a view to sell them to el­i­gi­ble Coloured oc­cu­piers

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