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Bulawayo struggles to clear housing backlog


BULAWAYO City Council (BCC) plans to service 650 medium density stalls in Mahatshula and 453 high density stalls in Luveve suburb as it struggles with a housing backlog of over 120,000.

The housing backlog has increased over the years due to population growth.

A 2012 census put the town’s population at just over 650,000, but the local authority says there are over 1.5 million people in the country’s second-largest city.

Latest council minutes show that the BCC has issued a tender to develop stalls in Mahatshula and Luveve.

“The procurement strategy used is expression of interest or tenders. Due to the growing housing backlog in the city, the city of Bulawayo has invited companies to submit proposals for housing development residential properties in Luveve and Mahatshula Township,” the minutes read.

The council says the plans are in line with the council’s corporate strategy and the government’s economic plan, the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS 1).

“With respect to expressions of interest, promoters must fully maintain the stands that would be made available to them with their own funds and recover their funds from the proceeds of the sale of the stands,” the minutes add.

“Stands are to be sold to beneficiaries on the Council’s waiting list after maintenance has been completed, after which the developer would get their money back, with the Council getting the intrinsic value of the land from the proceeds of stall sales. “

The Council recently serviced 267 stands at Emganwini.

Bulawayo needs up to 27,000 hectares of land inside and outside its boundaries to meet the land needs of its residents and industry under an ongoing development strategy through 2034.

This is according to a review of Bulawayo’s operational master plan by independent consultants, Job Jika and Associates, which indicates that only 12,350 hectares are available for development.

The current operational master plan is over 20 years old and was prepared in 2000 as a revision to the 1982 master plan under the Planning Act 1976.

The main development proposals contained in the operational master plan of 2000 involve the redevelopment of the old transport terminus Egodini and Makokoba, among others.

The proposals also cite the need to develop large commercial/business parks, build more primary and secondary schools, clinics, hospitals, police stations and large industrial establishments.

The Egodini Mall is failing to take off several years after a South African contractor, civil engineering firm Terracotta Trading (Private) Limited, won the tender to turn the former Basch Street Terminus into a regional public transport hub in 2012.