Housing Trust seeks relocation of Harare graves to create residential stands

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By Alois Vinga

PURE Gold Housing Trust has written to the Harare City Council seeking permission to relocate human remains from Mabvuku graves and pave way for the servicing of residential stands in the area.

Harare has a housing backlog which stands at 1,25 million with the local authority now under pressure to remedy the crisis.

As a result, the city council has been working with cooperatives and reputable trusts like Pure Gold to reduce the housing backlog.

Recently, the company received the green light to service an area in Mabvuku for purposes of housing stands.

But part of the area covers graves.

This has prompted the property firm to seek permission to exhume the remains in terms of Section 38 of the Cemeteries Act.

“Notice is hereby given that Pure Gold Housing Trust is making an Application to Harare City Council and the Department of National Museums and Monuments to undertake the removal, rescue and relocation of Human remains located at stands 14311-16896 Mabvuku Township to pave way for the establishment of infrastructure for residential development,” partly reads the notice issued by the Trust.

Any persons or parties claiming to have any obligations to the approval of such an application have been required to lodge a notice in writing to the National Museum and Monuments Director.

Pure Gold Housing Trust was founded in 2009 in a bid to develop stands for accommodation purposes at affordable prices to civil servants and low income earners.

Duly registered deed number MA: 259/2013 ensures that all its affiliates got decent accommodation for less and within a reasonable time frame of not more than 24 months.