10 May 2014 12:10pm
GROOTFONTEIN, 10 MAY (NAMPA) A ground-breaking ceremony for the servicing of land and construction of 460 houses was held at Grootfontein on Friday morning.
The Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development, Charles Namoloh officially launched the commencement of the project.
The project is a private deal between the Grootfontein Town Council and Tulaing Trading CC, a Windhoek-based company which focuses on property development.
Grootfontein Mayor Emma Taukuheke said during the ground-breaking ceremony the Grootfontein Town Council has faced challenges with the servicing of land for residential purposes over the past several years.
At a stakeholders meeting in 2013, I urged business people who were present to assist us with servicing the land earmarked for residential purposes, said Taukuheke.
The council at the meeting promised to donate a portion of the land that needs to be serviced to a businessperson who is willing to assist.
Taukuheke said the owner of Tulaing Trading CC, Josef Andreas then presented his business plan on how he could service the donated land and also construct houses on it to the town council.
Andreas presentation impressed the councillors as he indicated that he was prepared to service the land at his own cost and build two to three-bedroom houses based on the requests of clients.
The town council approved his business proposal and this is the ground-breaking ceremony we are witnessing today as a first step of that project, Taukuheke stated.
The Grootfontein mayor also urged Tulaing Trading to finish servicing the land on time and to start the actual construction of houses within the given timeframe.
On his part, Andreas said the project kicked off on Friday morning with the clearing of the land.
The land is situated between Kalenga Primary School and the Grootfontein Military Base.
Andreas said 460 erven are earmarked for the 73 hectares of land.
We will start to bring water and sewage pipelines here, streets will be created, and we will be installing street lights in November this year, he said, adding that the actual building of houses will commence in March 2015.
A two-bedroom house will be sold for N.dollars 550 000 excluding transfer charges, he noted.
The Grootfontein Town Council is expected to benefit from the project once it is completed through the management of monthly rates and taxes, Andreas said.
Otjozondjupa Regional Governor, Samuel Nuuyoma and Okahandja Constituency Councillor Steve Biko Booys were also present at the event.