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Chinsali private housing scheme cheers Minister

Chinsali, March 11, 2013, ZANIS…Muchinga province Minister Charles Banda says the construction of private housing units will avert the shortage of accommodation being faced by the civil servants in Chinsali district.

Mr. Banda said that the district has in the recent past seen an increase in the number of new officers coming to take up new positions following the upgrading of the town to the provincial headquarter of the tenth province in the country.

He noted the increase in the population is however not matching with the available housing units resulting in the shortage of accommodation.

The provincial minister said this when he toured a construction site where a Zambian Construction Company, Woodrock Construction, is constructing flats for lease to the public so as to avert the critical shortage of accommodation in the district.

And Woodrock Construction Company Project manager Michael Marais said the company is constructing 4 blocks of  flats and 8 independent houses to offer descent accommodation to the residents in Chinsali.

Mr. Marais said the housing units will be ready to be occupied by May this year.

Mr. Marais said Woodrock Company will also construct a tar road from the main road to the area.

He said that his Company has done a lot of projects in many countries especially in South Africa adding that the project in Chinsali is the first one in Zambia.

Meanwhile, a prominent businessman in Chinsali district is appealing to the government to urgently consider giving house loans to civil servants working in the district.

Thomas Mutale told Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in Chinsali today that the problem of housing in Chinsali can only be solved if the government considers giving loans to the civil servants to enable them construct their own houses.

Mr. Mutale said many civil servants in Chinsali are still staying in guest houses while those who have managed to get houses are being exploited by paying high rental charges.