Eight buildings with the same number of floors were built in the first phase, said Francisco Pinto who, quoted by Angop, added that masonry works had already been carried out, with the ceramics being installed in the interior at the moment and, then, they will move to the windows and doors.
The official was speaking as part of a visit by the Minister of Public Works, Urbanism and Housing, Carlos Santos, to the Saurimo housing project.
According to a note from the provincial government, which VerAngola had access to, it is expected that the construction works of the second phase of the centrality will start soon.
"The Ministry of Public Works, Urbanism and Housing expects to launch in the coming months, the second phase of the construction works in the centrality of Saurimo", reads the note, which adds that the information given last Sunday by Francisco Pinto, to the minister of Public Works, Urban Planning and Housing, Carlos Santos, "is that work is under way to conclude the first phase of the contract and that the work will be delivered in the coming months".
According to the statement, the person in charge ensured that the works "proceed at a fast pace", adding that the process of the second phase - where 1,200 houses are conjectured, covering apartments, single-family houses and semi-detached houses - will take place soon.
According to Angop, the project covers the construction of 3000 homes. The works, which started in 2017 and comprise four stages, were stopped for two years, but were resumed in 2021.
On his visit, the minister was accompanied by the provincial governor, Daniel Neto, and staff and technicians from the ministry and provincial government of Lunda Sul.