26 Jun 2013 07:40
WINDHOEK, 26 JUN (NAMPA) - The National Housing Enterprise (NHE) is committed to continuing with private partnerships in order to deliver more quality and affordable houses.
NHE Chief Executive Officer Vinson Hailulu said this during a media engagement event in the capital on Tuesday.
Hailulu said the company will use the N.dollars 320 million allocated to it by Government for the 2012/2013 to 2014/2015 Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) period, wisely.
?We believe and hope this private partnership initiative will go a long way towards meeting the demand of housing in the country,? he said.
Hailulu added that over 7 000 people applied for houses over the past seven years, and their names are still on a waiting list as the NHE faces a lack of available land to build houses.
The CEO said the company is currently busy constructing over 200 houses in Ongwediva and 316 houses in Walvis Bay.
More houses will be built in Eenhana, Rundu, Omuthiya and Tsumeb.
Hailulu said due to the high demand for housing in the country, the NHE has started building rental accommodation at Eenhana and is planning to do the same in Windhoek?s Otjomuise residential area.
The company is also busy servicing land in Otjomuise so that it can start constructing houses there.
During the media engagement event, more than 15 journalists were taken on a tour in the Otjomuise area where NHE is busy constructing more than 100 houses.
Speaking at the site, NHE Project Manager Lukas Petrus said a total of 104 houses were built under phase one of the Otjomuise construction project two years ago. Those houses were handed over to people on the waiting list.
Petrus said phase two, under which the first houses will be handed over by the end of July, consists of more than 150 houses.
Fifty-four houses will be made available to beneficiaries by the end of July, while 48 houses will be occupied by the end of September and 78, including rental accommodation, will be made available by the end of November this year.
Petrus said the servicing of this land and the construction of the houses in the second phase will cost over N.dollars 60 million.
He said the tender for the construction of the houses under phase two was advertised in local newspapers two years ago, and it was awarded to local company Groenewald Properties.