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