Thupeyo Muleya Beitbridge Correspondent
A private land developer, Alpha Developers in partnership with the Beitbridge Town Council, will construct 700 housing units under the Pay for your House Scheme starting next month.
Alpha Developers chairman, Mr Jonathan Gapare confirmed the developments yesterday saying the project was in line with the government’s blue print ZIMASSET with regards to areas around infrastructure development.
He said they were already done with paper work and layout plans. Mr Gapare said civil works would commence at the end of next month.
“We are looking at getting the houses ready for occupation in January next year. The suburb will also have two schools (primary and secondary) and a shopping mall among other amenities.
“This is our second major project in Beitbridge after we constructed another 400 two-roomed houses in the area which is now known as Garikayi /Hlalani Khuhle a few years back” he said.
Mr Gapare said the houses will be on offer only to people on the Beitbridge town council housing waiting list.
The council housing list currently stands at over 9000.
He said they will construct two, three and four-roomed houses respectively which will be sold on cost recovery basis with instalments payable of 60 or 120 months.
He added that the houses will be built in a new suburb called Gape’s Heights.
“The area will be serviced with tarred roads, water and sewer reticulation facilities.
“Furthermore we are looking at partnering with other property developers who are already on the ground to service close to 2500 residential stands with the view of building more houses” he said.
Mr Gapare said they were also engaging residents in the Garikayi/Hlalani Khuhle area with the view of servicing the 250 housing units that are without sewer and water reticulation facilities.
He added that after Alpha Developers was still engaging the town council with the view of constructing factory shells to house at least 50 Small to Medium Enterprises.
He said from Beitbridge they were looking at building more houses in other towns and cities including Harare where they had over the years constructed around 3000 low cost houses.