Mass housing tender recipients urged to support Nam enterprises

13 Feb 2014 13:30pm
WINDHOEK, 13 FEB (NAMPA) – The Minister of Trade and Industry, Calle Schlettwein has called on companies that receive tenders to construct houses under the Mass Housing Programme to make use of Namibian enterprises for the provision of building materials.
Government has launched an ambitious N.dollars 45 billion mass housing development programme through which it intends to build 185 000 houses by 2030 to mitigate the current nationwide 100 000 unit housing deficit.
The National Housing Enterprise (NHE) is still in the process of awarding the tenders to the companies that will build the first 9 000 houses over the next 15 months.
The programme will be up-scaled for the remaining number of years to ensure that approximately 12 000 houses are built per year in different parts of the country until 2018.
“It is sad that we cannot support our own enterprises, yet we are encouraging growth at home and calling for improvement of our manufacturing capacity,” Schlettwein said.
He made the call during his visit to Betcrete Nam Innovative Polymer in Windhoek's southern industrial area on Thursday.
The Namibian company manufactures polycrete door and window frames and palisade fencing poles, amongst other things.
“Let us support our Namibian enterprises where we can in our journey to industrialise our nation,” the Trade and Industry Minister said.
He encouraged the company to link up with other innovative companies in order to diversify its business.
Meanwhile, Betcrete Namibia General Manager Mark Thiel said his company's polycrete door and window frames are revolutionised conventional systems in many aspects, ranging from cost effectiveness to durability and aesthetics.
“The advantage of polycrete products includes their resistance to corrosion and pilferage,” he said.
The company, established in 2006, employs about 60 people.