Mass affordable housing for Zambia coming

Government stands with the rest of the world in looking at increasing the rate of housing construction for the benefit of the Zambian people, says Local Government Minister Emmanuel Chenda

Mr Chenda, in a message read for him, said that Government would ensure that it considered opportunities for more people to own decent houses because it was important that mankind should have decent housing not only to occupy but to own.

He said this recently at the African Union for Housing Finance (AUHF) 2014 annual conference held in Cape Town, South Africa, from November 17-18

He said for this to be possible Zambia needed to move away from only looking at conventional means of construction to other alternative building technologies.

Speaking at the same conference, Lafarge Zambia chief executive officer, Mr Emmanuel Rigaux, spelt out the affordable housing vision for Zambia.

‘The Lafarge approach involves on the one hand housing microfinance done through creating projects in partnership with microfinance institutions and building materials retailers.

‘‘On the other hand Lafarge is looking at new construction solutions to build faster social housing projects which will improve the quality and perception of such projects in terms of aesthetics and durability,» explained Mr. Rigaux.

Lafarge has plans to build over 450 houses for employees using this technology as a proof concept and rolling out to the rest of the country and the neighbouring region.

Mass Affordable Housing is defined as housing for people who do not have access by usual financial ways to decent housing.