National Housing and Social Amenities Minister Daniel Garwe says improving the livelihoods of the ordinary citizenry is a top Government priority.
Ivan Zhakata Suburban Reporter
Speaking at the launch of Mashview Gardens Cluster House project by Mashonaland Holdings in Bluff Hill last week on Friday, Minister Garwe said the project was ample proof that the private sector was heeding Government’s clarion call to partner the State and councils in reducing the national housing backlog which currently stands at 1,5 million housing units with effective demand of 1,3 million units.
He said the project was in line with President Mnangagwa’s Vision 2030 and also resonated with the aspirations of the National Development Strategy (NDS) 1 (2021 to 2025).
“In addressing the housing backlog, Government will collaborate with various stakeholders, including companies and other pension and provident funds, insurance companies and other members of the corporate world in order to make a difference,” Minister Garwe said.
“It goes without saying that sustainable, modern and affordable housing is vital and our children and their descendants are more likely to have better outcomes in life if they are brought up in safe and conducive homes with schools and other ancillary social amenities available.
“Government has also approved the policy of densification which encourages optimum utilisation of land taking cognisance of the need to preserve productive agricultural land.
“In order to optimally utilise land, the policy instructs local authorities and land developers to set aside 40 percent of planned developable land for high rise construction to forestall urban sprawl.”
Speaking at the same event, Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution for Harare Metropolitan Province Oliver Chidawu said the project perfectly aligns with Government policies, that is, housing delivery and in line with the laws and by-laws of the land.
“Allow me to commend Mashonaland Holdings for investing in housing development thus helping to complement Government efforts to provide affordable accommodation that has basic amenities namely water, roads and sewage systems,” he said.
“The Mashview Gardens Housing Project dovetails with Vision 2030 that aims to provide high quality, modern and affordable housing solutions in urban and rural areas as espoused by his Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa.
“In this regard, the Government through the National Development Strategy 1 (2021 to 2015) is prioritizing nationwide housing delivery as a fundamental human need for poverty reduction,” said Minister Chidawu.
Mashonaland Holdings unveiled the Mashview Gardens model house in Bluff Hill last Friday.
Mashview Gardens is sitting on 2.3 hectares of land. It will have 25 modern cluster houses with each unit sitting on stand sizes ranging between 600-900square metres with a generous floor area of 190m².
The concept design of the cluster houses offers two types of single-storey houses in a gated and walled complex offering 24-hour security, borehole water, beautiful gardens with an asphalt driveway and covered carport suitable for parking two family vehicles.
Each cluster house will have three bedrooms with type one house sitting on 190m² and with two of the three bedrooms with en-suites.
Type two houses have one en-suite bedroom and sit on 173m² floor area.
All the 25 units will have an entrance through shaded portico into generous hallway looking through to the established gardens, spacious double living and dining area with vaulted ceilings and exposed trusses. The kitchen will be fully fitted with granite tops.
Two of the bedrooms including the main will have large en-suite bathrooms for type one while a guest bathroom will be accessible to the third bedroom and visitors.
The main bedroom has a dressing room and en-suite with twin basins, own patio onto the garden.
All the bedrooms including the kitchen will have modern fitted cupboards finished to the buyer’s taste.
The house will be tiled throughout and very tastefully finished if required.