Shelter Afrique, a pan-African housing development financier located in Nairobi, is considering establishing a regional office in Harare, Zimbabwe. Shelter Afrique Group Managing Director and CEO Andrew Chimphondah made the announcement after meeting Zimbabwe’s Minister for Housing and Social Amenities, the Honourable Daniel Garwe, in Harare. The Shelter Afrique Headquarters in Zimbabwe will be Shelter Afrique’s third regional office, joining Abuja, which serves the Anglophone West Africa region, and Abidjan, which serves the francophone west, central, and northern Africa areas, according to a statement made on Tuesday, December 14.
Chimphondah noted that the company’s goal in the months and years ahead is to expand its presence in Harare to help the government of Zimbabwe and other regional member nations such as Botswana and Lesotho Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles, and Zambia. He went on to say that the company’s activities in both Zimbabwe and the surrounding countries in the southern Africa region have risen, necessitating the need for a physical presence.
Garwe, Zimbabwe’s minister of housing and social amenities, praised the decision to establish Shelter Afrique Headquarters in Zimbabwe , stating that the Zimbabwean government had already found a suitable property for its development. This includes the ongoing housing project that promises 10 000 housing units once completed. Garwe further stated that the government is also seeking land with intrinsic value to build inexpensive dwellings and lower the country’s housing backlog, which now stands at 1.2 million homes. These projects are will also see a significant contribution to the government’s aim of economic development, adequate housing and employment for its citizens.
In June 2022, Zimbabwe will host Shelter Afrique’s 41st annual general meeting in Victoria Falls, where Daniel Garwe, Zimbabwe’s minister of housing and social amenities, will be named president of the AGM Bureau or General Assembly. The regional office will serve Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles, and Zambia.