Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa presented the 2017 National Budget where he was expected among other things to reveal when civil servants are going to receive their salaries. Instead he spoke on the civil servant stands which he said will be partly paid for “through the 13th cheque whose modalities of implementation are to be negotiated, discussed and agreed”
Part of the budget with regard to the housing scheme reads:
This is a self-financing scheme where beneficiaries are expected to contribute towards the cost of land and servicing, with deductions being made through the Salary Services Bureau.
285. The contributions to the Fund could comprise of the following: • A minimal monthly deduction of say US$50 that will be dedicated towards servicing costs of the land;
Payment for the intrinsic value of the land of US$4 per square meter and US$1 for administration costs through the 13th cheque whose modalities of implementation are to be negotiated, discussed and agreed among the Ministries of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing; Finance and Economic Development; Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare; Ministry of Lands and Rural Resettlement as well as the Apex Council, UDCORP, the National Building Society and Homelink.