No shebeens in mass housing areas: Namoloh

02 Mar 2014 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 02 MAR (NAMPA) - The Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development says the opening of shebeens will not be allowed in areas where houses will be constructed under Government’s mass housing programme.
He made the remarks while addressing community members in Windhoek’s Otjomuise residential area during a Khomas Constituency Community (KCC) meeting on Sunday.
The mass housing programme which was launched last year aims to build 185 000 houses across the country by 2030 at a cost of N.dollars 45 billion.
“These houses will be constructed for children to study in silence and for families to be provided with a better life. It will be life changing for those who will benefit from the scheme,” Namoloh said.
He added that as part of the scheme, the low-cost houses will be constructed with solar panels to allow home owners to save on costs and to avoid high electricity bills.
The minister also gave his assurance that the build quality of houses for low-income earners to be constructed under the programme will be of a good standard, saying it 'will not differ from houses in areas such as Pionierspark and Ludwigsdorf'.
The meeting, which was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Namibian Police Force (NamPol), KCC and other stakeholders, was aimed at creating a platform for community members to voice their problems.