Mass housing to solve Keetmanshoop’s housing backlog

27 Feb 2014 14:50pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 27 FEB (NAMPA) – The construction of 320 houses in Keetmanshoop under the Government’s mass housing project is being seen as the solution to the southern town’s housing deficit.
Work on the first phase of the project started in Keetmanshoop’s Tseiblaagte Extension Five last week.
Twenty-nine houses - which fell under the Build-Together programme and which the Keetmanshoop Municipality has been working on since last year - are also expected to be constructed as part of this project.
The Build-Together programme now falls under the mass housing project.
This brings the total number of expected new houses to 349.
“Building 349 houses for a town in one year is a remarkable solution to the housing problem we have been facing,” the Strategic Executive for Economic Development and Community Services in the Keetmanshoop Municipality, Jegg Christiaan said in an interview with Nampa on Thursday.
The houses are being constructed by the Namibia Homes company, which was contracted by the National Housing Enterprise (NHE). The latter is in charge of the mass housing project.
Government allocated N.dollars 8,5 million to Keetmanshoop for the construction of houses.
Christiaan noted that there are enough serviced erven in the Krönlein residential area’s Extension One and Tseiblaagte’s Extension Two and Six for the houses to be built.
“They can build anywhere, even in Noordhoek or Westdene, as long as we know at the end of the year that 320 houses under the mass housing project have been completed,” he stated.
The project will benefit both the unemployed, lower-middle, middle and high- income groups.
The mass housing project aims to build 185 000 houses across the country by 2030 at a cost of N.dollars 45 billion.