Nssa’s Dzivarasekwa housing project an eye-opener
In December we paid a visit to a housing project being championed by the National Social Security Authority in Dzivarasekwa.
A litter of the media together with various stakeholders including management at the authority bundled into a bus and a few cars and sauntered down the roads that led to this new space that seeks to provide housing relief many in Harare.
And what caught our attention were the interesting stats:
- The project employs 758-760 people
- Of these 115 are women
- At that time, 229 housing units were under way targeting 600.
- 50% of them are four roomed houses (excluding kitchen and toilet)
- other houses go from 2 rooms to 8 rooms in size
- 17 million has been poured into the project
- n-Frasys, the company working on it, is responsible for roads, power, sewer, water and house construction
- Most material was sourced from the area except for roof sheets and plumbing material which have to come from South Africa
- The project is targeting completion is 30 April.
The cost for the properties are estimated to be between 18 to 55,000 dollars.
Nssa has committed to making sure the right people benefit after concerns were raised that barons would buy up properties and lease them out at punitive rates cheating contributors out of a chance to own housing.