ABout 380 houses are expected to be completed by September this year at the Kabitaka housing project North Western Province with an initial investment of about US$44 million by First Quantum minerals (FQM).
FQM construction manager Adrian Hosack says the company school and teachers’ houses will start operating in readiness for the construction of another school.
Mr Hosack said this when the vice president Guy Scott’s wife, Charlotte, and ministers’ spouses visited the Kabitaka housing project in Solwezi last week.
“We expect to have completed about 380 houses by September this year and occupied including the school should start operating with an initial investment of about US$44million. Our plan is that in the next three years we would have done about four thousand houses,” he said.
He said the houses will be for both mine employees and the community as a whole.
Mr Hosack said currently about 400 locals have been employed and more will be engaged as the project goes on.
Mrs Scott commended FQM for the housing project, saying it will empower both the workers and the community as a whole.
“I’m very impressed with what I have seen. This is a good job. FQM needs to be commended for empowering its employees and the community as whole with housing,” she said.
The housing project is expected to create over 200 jobs for the local population and 2,500 staff at Kansanshi Mine.
The housing project is under the home ownership scheme to be offered at lower rate mortgage targets employees and residents of Solwezi.