07 Jun 2013 05:30
KEETMANSHOOP, 07 JUN (NAMPA) - Owners of National Housing Enterprise (NHE) houses here are puzzled as to why their houses are still incomplete since November 2012.
The houses were built on un-serviced plots in the Kronlein residential area, but are closed off with notices indicating they are sold.
Of the 50 houses built by the enterprise last year, 14 of them were left without sewerage systems, and the owners cannot use them, even after the houses were officially handed over by the contractors already.
One of the owners of an incomplete house complained to Nampa that he is tired of waiting and want to move into his house, but the NHE is quiet about the issue.
?They promised us our houses will be completed at the beginning of this year but now the year is approaching the middle without any work done on the houses. We are in the dark about this situation, and we do not know where to get answers,? he told the news agency on Thursday.
Corporate Communications? Officer at the NHE here Geraldo Groenewaldt referred this agency to NHE Public Relations Officer (PRO) Aune Shipanga, and she promised to get back to this reporter but never did.
The NHE regional head in the South, Willem Titus, told a local newspaper in November 2012 that the Keetmanshoop Town Council confirmed a contractor would be appointed to service the plots on which the houses were built.
Only then can the houses can be connected to the sewerage systems.
The Keetmanshoop Municipality?s Local Economic Development Manager, Jegg Christiaan also said in November council was yet to put out the tender for the servicing of 47 plots, which include the land on which the 14 houses were built.
Christiaan could not be reached for comment the whole of this week, as he is apparently on leave and his mobile phone is switched off.
Approached for comment during a breakfast meeting in the capital on Friday morning, NHE chief executive officer Vinson Hailulu said the Keetmanshoop Municipality is busy servicing the land.
He said the NHE head office in Windhoek has sorted out the issue with the Keetmanshooop Municipality, and the sewerage systems for the 14 houses will be completed in due course.