Mass Housing project still on: Namoloh

07 Jun 2014 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 07 JUN (NAMPA) – The Mass Housing project will only stop once government has built enough houses for the people, the Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development Charles Namoloh says.
He was speaking during the inauguration of Omuvapu, Julius Nyerere and Ongava Streets in Katutura, which were upgraded from gravel to bitumen standard, on Saturday. The groundbreaking ceremony for work to begin on the Monte Christo extension, as well as on Walvis Bay, Bethanie, Lucia and Tolla Streets also took place during the same event.
“The Mass Housing project is on. It will never stop and it is not going to stop now. I say so,” he stated.
Namoloh denied earlier media reports that government has halted the project. A technical committee comprising several permanent secretaries recommended that the project be put on hold because it was not happy with the way the National Housing Enterprise (NHE) had awarded the housing contracts, according to the reports.
Despite “a few problems” which he described as “only structural issues,” the project is continuing and will be completed as planned.
Namoloh explained that houses are built at 21 sites country-wide and many are already at rooftop height.
He said the project will also commence in Windhoek’s Otjomuise residential area in a few weeks’ time. The minister indicated that in the next few months, houses will be handed over to their owners in some parts of the country.
The Mass Housing programme aims to build at least 185 000 affordable houses by the year 2030.
It will be implemented in phases and is projected to cost N.dollars 45 billion.
The first phase will see at least 8 800 housing units built and 10 200 plots serviced at an estimated cost of N.dollars 2.7 billion.
The implementation of the programme will be up-scaled for the remaining 15 years to ensure that approximately 12 000 houses are built per year in different parts of the country.
The programme targets middle, low and ultra-low income groups in terms of providing access to land and housing.