Southern Rhodesia: National Building and Housing Board

Southern Rhodesia

National Building and Housing Board

After World War II, immigration into Southern Rhodesia, Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland caused a serious housing shortage. In an attempt to cope with the heavy backlog of construction created during the peak post-war period, the Southern Rhodesia Government created and financed the National Building and Housing Board.

The National Building and Housing Board was responsible for constructing houses, obtaining raw materials, increasing the building labour force, and exercising control over building construction throughout the country.

The board was abolished in 1952. At the time it was abolished, it had successfully constructed a substantial number of low income houses and apartments.



  • Investment in Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland – United States. Bureau of Foreign Commerce