13 May 2014 10:30am
WINDHOEK, 13 MAY (NAMPA) The construction of houses in the capital under the National Mass Housing Development Programme (NMHDP) is expected to commence at the end of this month.
The National Housing Enterprise (NHE)'s Senior Manager for Technical Services and Property Management, Uazuva Kaumbi told Nampa on Tuesday that the NHE is waiting for the housing units building plans to be approved by the City of Windhoek (CoW) before construction can commence.
The NHE submitted building plans for more than 1 000 housing units to be constructed at Otjomuise Extension 10 last month.
We just submitted the building plans of all units to the municipality a month ago. Thus, the contractor is waiting for the building permits, he stated.
Kaumbi noted that the contractor, Afrikuumba Construction (Pty) Ltd, built three houses at the site for demonstration purposes for the official ground-breaking ceremony, which was done by President Hifikepunye Pohamba last year.
When Nampa visited the site, there were only three incomplete houses and no workers to be found there.
Kaumbi said the contract for the construction was signed and handed-over to the contractor in January this year already.
Afrikuumba is in partnership with a South African company, Calgro M3, and was awarded a tender to build 1 191 houses at Otjomuise in Windhoek for about N.dollars 350 million.
The NMHDP was launched by President Hifikepunye Pohamba in the capital in November 2013.
The NHE has been entrusted with constructing 185 000 houses within 18 years - in line with Vision 2030 - at a total investment of N.dollars 45 billion.
This programme will be implemented in phases, with an annual investment of N.dollars 2.5 million per phase.
A total of 8 850 houses will be built during the first phase in the 2014/15 to 2015/16 financial years, and 10 200 plots will be serviced during the same phase.
The land-servicing costs per plot will be N.dollars 75 000, and informal settlements upgrading will cost N.dollars 280 000.
The upgrading of informal settlements includes the revamping of the areas to make them humanly habitable.