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Lafarge to build 600 houses for staff

HONE SIAME, Ndola
LAFARGE Zambia will soon start building 600 housing units in Lusaka and Ndola for its employees under its ‘Masukani’ employee home ownership programme.
Lafarge Zambia corporate affairs and sustainable development director Eugene Chungu said in an interview at the 51st Zambia International Trade Fair (ZITF) in Ndola yesterday that the houses will be constructed under the second phase of the company’s Masukani employee housing ownership programme.
The first phase involved the sale of 352 houses to sitting tenants.  These included 204 houses for current employees, and 148 houses for former employees in Ndola and Chilanga.
Mr Chungu said the Masukani employee housing project, which was launched in 2013, will also be commercialised to benefit some members of the public.
Mr Chungu said 300 housing units will be constructed in Ndola’s Itawa township while the rest will be built in Chilanga.
“We have already secured land for this project in Ndola and Lusaka. We want to identify a developer and begin the implementation. This is a very important project aimed at ensuring all our employees have an opportunity to own a home,” Mr Chungu said.
He said Lafarge Zambia attaches great significance to the provision of decent houses to its employees as a way of motivating them and assuring them of job security.
The Masukani housing project is expected to provide homes to at least 3,000 people.
Lafarge Zambia, formerly known as Chilanga Cement, is a manufacturer and supplier of a variety of cement brands that include Mphamvu, Superset, Powerplus and Powercrete.

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