Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development Ronald Chitotela says his Ministry will start with 10 houses in priority areas in the country.
He says his Ministry has engaged the Ministry of Community Development and Social Welfare to advise on the 10 priority areas where houses for the aged are urgently needed.
The Minister says once the Ministry of Community Development and Social Welfare advises, his Ministry will then engage the office of the Commissioner of Lands to help identify land in the targeted districts.
“My Ministry is also engaging the private sector so that they partner with government in this noble cause. So far, we are happy because the response from the private sector is very encouraging,” Chitotela said.
He continued that the aim of the project is for government to put acceptable accommodation for the aged in society and in accordance with the guidelines set by the Ministry of Community Development and Social Welfare.
” The houses to be constructed will be designed in such a way that they meet the acceptable standards prescribed by the Ministry of Community Development and Social Welfare. This project is part of Government’s long-term agenda of providing social houses for the people of Zambia,” Chitotela said.
And the Minister said his ministry has started a project in which it is empowering people to make blocks for housing using local materials.
Chitotela said his Ministry has partnered with the University of Zambia (UNZA), The Technology Development and Advisory Unit (TDAU) and the National Council for Construction (NCC) in order to successfully implement this initiative.
“So far my Ministry has successfully trained the Chadiza Housing Cooperative in Eastern Province in making of soil stabilised inter-locking blocks. The project is already proving to be a success because so far about 5,00 blocks have been made by local people who had undergone training in the month of July, 2018,” he said.
The Minister added that the project is aimed at promoting the use of local materials in building of houses to enhance affordable housing among our communities.
He added that the initiative of making soil stabilised inter-locking blocks is expected to be rolled out to the rest of the country.