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Houses for Pioneer workers

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MOTORING company Pioneer Corporation Africa (PCA) has launched a $625 million housing development project for its employees, it has been learnt.

Group human resources executive Rose Nhamo said this week that the “contributory scheme” would see about 500 workers — a fifth of the company’s workforce — benefiting and it would be rolled out in conjunction with the Ministry of Local Government and National Housing.

The group would also work with several local authorities countrywide, she added.

“Pioneer Corporation Africa (PCA) appreciates the need by its employees to own their own houses.

“The company has written to the Ministry of Local Government and National Housing for the employees to be allocated some stands and a positive response would go a long way in improving the living conditions of our employees,” Nhamo told businessdigest.

There are five different co-operatives and the PCA bosses feel they should remain small and lean in order to enhance “self-regulation” and auditing of accounts.

Nhamo said PCA was not involved in running the schemes, but provided logistical support to the beneficiaries such as transport for ferrying building materials to various projects in Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru, Masvingo and Mutare.

The housing co-operatives were started in April 2004.

With a wider section of the PCA group of companies’ employees eligible to join, closer analysis of the subscriber numbers shows that Harare co-operatives top the list of takers.

At least three differently named co-operatives claim 194 members of the 500-member housing co-operatives. They are located in different parts of the capital city.

The PCA group of companies includes Clan, Cross City Courier, Pioneer Africa Link, Pioneer Coaches, Pioneer Transport, Sky Net and Trek Africa.

Other than benefiting from peri-urban land which is being availed through national housing initiatives, the PCA workers have also registered with the Youth and Gender ministry in moves to benefit from its housing projects as well.

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