25 Feb 2014 12:10pm
WINDHOEK, 25 FEB (NAMPA) Over 25 000 people are currently on the National Housing Enterprise (NHE)s waiting list for houses countrywide, which list is growing on a daily basis.
The rapid increase is also due to the fact that the NHE has been mandated by Government to coordinate its mass housing development programme.
The programme aims to build at least 185 000 affordable houses by the year 2030.
The NHE's Senior Manager for Business Development and Operations, Willem Titus told Nampa on Friday some of those names have been on the list since the year 2000.
Titus said some people who have registered for houses some years back could not receive houses because they did not qualify for houses then.
He said last year, about 200 people who registered in 2007 received their houses in Windhoeks Otjomuise area.
Titus noted that in order to make the process of registration easier for all, the NHE last year introduced an electronic registration system to avoid duplications and shifting of people on the waiting list.
The system provides applicants with printed receipts as evidence that they have applied on a specific date. Before, applicants did not receive any proof of registration for NHE houses.
The first phase of the mass housing programme, which commenced recently with the appointment of builders and other contractors, is estimated to cost N.dollars 2,7 billion in the 2014/15 to 2015/16 financial years.
The NHE's Chief Executive Officer, Vinson Hailulu recently called on Namibians to register their names on the waiting list at any NHE office in order to get houses from NHE.
I would like to encourage people who fall within the mid- to low-income categories to register themselves at NHE offices and local authority offices to be considered for entry onto the waiting list, he said.
A South African construction company, Calgrow M3, was contracted to build about 1 191 houses at an average cost of N.dollars 345.3 million in Windhoek.
The land for those houses in Otjomuise's Extension 10 was acquired from the City of Windhoek (CoW).
Government has provided N.dollars 310 million to the CoW under its Targeted Intervention Programme for Employment and Economic Growth (Tipeeg) for the serving of land in low-cost areas.
Hailulu could, however, not indicate the minimum cost per house.
He said in terms of financing, the mass housing programme will be funded by government through grants and subsidies, of which subsides will mainly go towards land development, building input, cost mitigation, rural sanitation and programme management.
President Hifikepunye Pohamba launched the national mass housing development programme here in November last year.
The programme will be implemented in phases, and is projected to cost N.dollars 45 billion in total.
A total of N.dollars 220 million was allocated to the NHE for the 2014/15 financial year, compared to N.dollars 100 million in 2013/14.