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Midlands Land Developers Target 56K Houses By 2018

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By Midlands Correspondent

Gweru, September 27, 2017 – MIDLANDS Land Developers (MLD) have set themselves an ambitious target of building 56 000 low cost housing units in the province by year 2018, MLD projects coordinator, Matilda Manhambo has said.

Speaking at an MLD luncheon in Gweru recently, Manhambo said private land developers in the province were committed to building houses for the majority low income earners.

"We have put on target 56 000 houses in the province by 2018," Manhambo said.

"As Midlands Land Developers, we are committed to ensuring that people in the province have access to shelter."

Manhambo dismissed reports that there were land barons among registered private land developers in the province.

She said all land developers had acquired land through proper channels.

A private land developer and chief executive of River Valley Properties, Smelly Dube however said land developers were being double charged by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority, a situation she said should be urgently addressed.

Meanwhile, guest speaker Local Government secretary George Mlilo applauded land developers in the province saying they were providing serviced stands to home seekers.

He said unlike a city such as Harare and others, Gweru had genuine private land developers who were not in the habit of duping home seekers.

"Unlike other towns and cities, I am happy that land developers here are genuine make available serviced stands," said Mlilo.

Mlilo also said government  had put in place plans to build 8 400 houses in the next 100 days as part of efforts to address the national housing backlog which stands at approximately 1,2 million.

He also said the proposed construction of the high rise apartment blocks for civil servants were now at an advanced stage.

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