CORRECTION: Allocate resources for mass land servicing: NCCI

09 Mar 2015 16:10pm

WINDHOEK, 09 MAR (NAMPA) – The Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) has called for a viable long-term solution to the “artificial scarcity” of serviced land for business and housing in the country.
Speaking during a media briefing here on Monday, the chamber’s chief executive officer (CEO) Tarah Shaanika strongly called on all Local Authorities and Government to address the issue of land currently trending in Namibia.
“There are serious bureaucratic bottlenecks in our system or simply lack of political will on the part of government to take corrective measures to address this critical economic and social issue,” he said.
He further requested for speedy amendments of the recommendations taken during the 2011 Urban Land Conference organised by the NCCI.
These recommendations include the scrapping of various pieces of legislation dealing with urban development and land delivery, so that land can be serviced and availed for development within Local Authority areas in a speedy manner.
Shaanika said the chamber had submitted the recommendations to the Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development in 2011, but no response has been received up to date.
“I am not a legal practitioner, thus maybe I do not understand, but I am concerned why it takes years to make amendments,” he stressed.
The CEO noted that the country has only two land surveyors, and thus suggested that the government hire land surveyors from other countries to address the problem.
Shaanika, however, applauded the government for its mass housing progamme, which is envisioned to make housing units available at affordable prices to most houseless Namibians.
He then appealed for the mass housing programme to be preceded by a mass servicing of land, as this has proven to be a serious obstacle to mass housing delivery.
Shaanika proposed that the government mobilise and allocate resources for mass land servicing so that more serviced land is availed for the mass housing project, and for individuals to build their own houses as well as for businesses.