Zimbabwe - Housing



In rural areas, Africans live in villages and on farms in housing that is mainly of brick or mud and stick construction with thatch or metal roofs. The villages are usually small (except for the massive protected villages), with fewer than 100 inhabitants. Urban housing is generally of brick. According to the latest available information for 1980–88, total housing units numbered two million, with 4.2 people per dwelling.

The Zimbabwe National Association of Housing Cooperatives (ZINAHCO) is an umbrella organization of over 1,000 national housing cooperatives. The organization was established as a means of providing advice to member groups on dealing with local and national authorities and to offer training in building techniques. In 2003, ZINAHCO was working to change urban building standards which dictate that hook-ups to public services must be in place before an owner may begin to build a home. The Cooperatives argue that for many of the urban poor living in slum shacks, it is more appropriate to first allow for the construction of permanent structures with communal utility services. Residents can then install utilities at a later date, as they can afford to do so.

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bob
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Feb 25, 2009 @ 8:20 pm
i like how you got directly to the point and didn't have some lame opening paragraph, it made thing quick and easy for me :) Thanks
Taylor
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Dec 20, 2009 @ 1:13 pm
Im having to do a project on Zimbabwe, over Christmas break and one of the things I have to include is houseing in Zimbabwe. This really helped me out. Thanks for posting it.
I feel bad that people actually have to live in ramshackle houses like that. especially given how hot it can be. ]:
shaun
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Feb 14, 2011 @ 7:07 am
good stuff-c:this info was very useful and contribured to my a*
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Nov 12, 2011 @ 8:20 pm
i recently was asked to write a speech about Zimbabwe and i had to mention housing when i went on this article it was so easy to get down the information an d it was very simple and gave me so much info about the housing in Zimbabwe
lilly
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Feb 26, 2012 @ 9:09 am
WOW I'm definetly amazed.I looked for a website with well explained info about zimbabwe housing, and I found absolutly nothing. I almost lost hope, then I jumpt to this site, and now I hope I ace my project on Zimbabwe.

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