More land for Gwanda expansion

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By Mvelo Mthiyane Zondo
A GWANDA Legislator has called for more land for the expansion of the small mining town which has a serious crisis of housing shortages, Ilanga has established.
Gwanda South legislator, MP Sipho Makone who is also the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Information, Media and Broadcasting Services is concerned with the ballooning house waiting list that has reachedan all-time high of more than 15 000.

Speaking during a question and answer segment in Parliament MP Makone asked the Minister of Local Government and Public Works, July Moyo, to inform the House on what plans were in place to provide more land to the Gwanda Municipality that has a waiting list of approximately above 15 000.
The deputy Minister of Local Government and Public Works, Honourable Marian Chombo said the Ministry was aware of the challenge and was working on addressing it.

“Thank you Madam Speaker. The Ministry had acquired two farms Jarz and Dolfontein farms from the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Resettlement for urban expansion for Gwanda Municipality. The Ministry, Gwanda Municipality and other stakeholders are now working on the planning modalities,” responded Deputy Minister Chombo.

“I would want to thank the Minister for such a wonderful response. If it pleases her, in terms of the timelines, when are they likely to complete the modalities that they are working on because the people in Gwanda community need accommodation?” MP Mokone said in response.

Dep. Min Chombo could not give a definite timeline noting that the process involves other ministries and the local authority but assured the MP that they have the issue as a priority.
Gwanda is the provincial capital of Matabeleland South which has attracted many people from all corners of the country to work as government employees as well as informal traders and gold prospectors.
The provincial capital is rich in gold deposits.

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