Civil ser­vants get dead­line to ap­ply for stands

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THE Govern­ment yes­ter­day gave civil ser­vants unions up to Novem­ber 15 to sub­mit names of those in­ter­ested in tak­ing part in a res­i­den­tial stands scheme ini­ti­ated by the em­ployer as part of the work­ers’ non-mon­e­tary in­cen­tives.

After all the names have been cap­tured, Govern­ment and the civil ser­vants’ unions will work on the im­ple­men­ta­tion strat­egy.

This emerged from a meet­ing be­tween of­fi­cials from the Min­istry of Lo­cal Govern­ment, Pub­lic Works and Na­tional Hous­ing and civil ser­vants’ unions un­der the ban­ner of the Apex Coun­cil yes­ter­day.

At least 100 000 civil ser­vants are set to get res­i­den­tial stands from the scheme as part of the ef­forts by Govern­ment to give its work­ers non-mon­e­tary in­cen­tives.

Govern­ment last week tasked chair­per­sons of the civil ser­vants’ unions to sub­mit names of those will­ing to take part in the scheme yes­ter­day.

The lists would as­sist Govern­ment in al­lo­cat­ing land in var­i­ous towns and cities.

Speak­ing after yes­ter­day’s meet­ing Col­lege Lec­tur­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Zim­babwe pres­i­dent Mr David Dzat­sunga said they had re­quested for more time to in­cor­po­rate all in­ter­ested mem­bers.

“Apex Coun­cil re­quested for time to af­ford all el­i­gi­ble civil ser­vants time to reg­is­ter for the scheme since there is wide clam­our­ing for the stands,” he said.

“The per­ma­nent sec­re­tary agreed that this was a mas­sive project and all the names should be in by Novem­ber 15 when the meet­ing to map out the im­ple­men­ta­tion strat­egy will be con­vened. The Apex Coun­cil will con­firm the list of prospec­tive ben­e­fi­cia­ries on Novem­ber 11.”

Hous­ing de­liv­ery is one of the key goals of Zim-As­set and Govern­ment in­tends to pro­vide 300 000 hous­ing units to the peo­ple by 2018.

Civil ser­vants have for years been ag­i­tat­ing for a spe­cific hous­ing scheme as many which had been es­tab­lished in their name had not ben­e­fited them. This has seen most of them fall­ing prey to land barons. Apex Coun­cil team leader Mrs Cecelia Alexan­der said the re­sponse from the work­ers was over­whelm­ing.

“The work­ers are ex­cited and they want the stands as soon as yes­ter­day,” she said.

“This is the best thing Govern­ment has done for the worker in many years. We en­cour­age all those still to sub­mit their names to ap­proach their re­spec­tive unions and reg­is­ter. Those who get stands can as well ap­ply for mort­gages from the Na­tional Build­ing So­ci­ety which has been es­tab­lished to pro­vide mort­gages for hous­ing de­vel­op­ments.”

Pro­gres­sive Teach­ers’ Union of Zim­babwe sec­re­tary gen­eral Mr Ray­mond Ma­jongwe said ev­ery worker had a right to be part of the his­tor­i­cal de­vel­op­ment.

“We should not lose out on this project we have been push­ing for years,” he said.

“Govern­ment at the mo­ment can of­fer us an in­cre­ment and the best they can do is to pro­vide a roof for the work­ers. Only a few of them have a place to call home and this is their time to have one. It is our hope that this will not be abused in a way as in the past what be­gan as ours ended in the hands of wrong peo­ple mainly politi­cians.’

The stands project is a cul­mi­na­tion of a three-day en­gage­ment the work­ers had with Govern­ment ne­go­tia­tors last month.

The en­gage­ment was or­gan­ised by the Min­istry of Pub­lic Ser­vice, Labour and So­cial Wel­fare Min­is­ter Prisca Mup­fu­mira.

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