Housing co-operatives in trouble

A town planning consultancy firm is claiming $197,000 from four Harare housing co-operatives for outstanding fees for services rendered in the development of residential stands.

Rondev Planning Services (Pvt Ltd) is claiming money from Sally Mugabe, Zvakatanga Sekuseka, Ivhu Inhaka Yedu and Highlands housing co-operatives.

In summons filed at the High Court, Rondev and Sally Mugabe Housing Co-operative entered an agreement for the development of Acorn Estates in Goromonzi. The land measured 760 hectares and payment for the town planning services was to be made in the form of residential land.

The other three co-operatives bound themselves as parties to the principal agreement before benefiting from the town planning services. Rondev discharged its obligations in terms of the agreement.

It submitted a detailed layout plan proposal to then Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and Urban Development. The plan was approved on June 16, 2005.

In monetary terms, Sally Mugabe owes Rondev $33 760.

Zvakatanga Sekuseka is indebted to Rondev to the tune of $92 725, Ivhu Inhaka Yedu $50 400 and Highlands $20 160.

The co-operatives are yet to respond to the application.

Rondev says it afforded the cooperatives ample time to pay the balances but they chose not to honour the debts.

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