In its quest to improve the conditions of service for its workers, President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government has unveiled a $60 million housing facility for civil servants as part of non-monetary incentives to its workers.
Mrs Rutendo Faith Mativenga, a civil servant in the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement has for over 10 years been struggling to buy a house or even a stand as financial institutions were unwilling to take the risk giving her a housing loan because of her low remuneration.
Compounded to that is the fact that she does not have collateral that she can give as security to financial institutions.
Mrs Mativenga’s story gives a microscopic view of the predicament faced by many other civil servants who are failing to secure loans, but now, thanks to the $60 million housing facility for civil servants availed by government, her dream of owning a house has finally come through.
Officiating at the National Building Society (NBS) and Public Service Commission Memorandum of Agreement signing ceremony, the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Dr Sekai Nzenza said government is shifting away from the traditional focus on salaries only to include other non-monetary benefits that are critical in the enhancement of livelihoods.
Chairperson of the Apex Council, Mrs Cecilia Alexander said they appreciate the strides being made by the government to improve conditions of service for its employees.
Early this year, the government promised to cushion its workers through non-monetary incentives.