Karibib council hands out erven to low-income earners

03 Jul 2015 12:10pm
KARIBIB, 03 JUL (NAMPA) - Low and middle-income earners at Karibib received fully serviced erven through a closed bid sale, for the construction of houses.
A closed bid sale involves only registered applicants who applied after the exclusive sale was disclosed in the local media.
Speaking to Nampa upon enquiry on Friday, the head of the Local Economic Department, Planning and Corporate Affairs at Karibib Town Council, Erickson Mwanyekange said a total of 213 people acquired erven in Usab Extension-2.
He said erven measuring 300 to 570 metre squares were sold at N.dollars 20 000 to 60 000.
“These are highly subsidised prices, if you look at how much council invested in servicing the erven. For instance, it costs N.dollars 110 000 to 120 000 to service a 300 meter squares erf, and we sell that for N.dollars 20 000,” said Mwanyekange.
Mwanyekange said this is the first time the town council provides highly subsidised land and has spend N.dollars 29 million to avail it to residents.
He told Nampa that the beneficiaries paid 50 per cent deposit and were notified in February this year that they were allocated the erven.
As such, they are expected to settle their accounts within 12 months from February, which they already started paying.
The official said the new erven owners are mainly people who work for local businesses, while others work on surrounding communal farms.
A large group of those working at the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) Air Wing Base at Karibib were also fortunate to be amongst the beneficiaries.
Asked whether residents should expect subsidised land again next year, Mwanyekange said there will indeed be a few erven available next year as council has some money put aside for that.
“We already have land available but for us to provide serviced land to a lot of people like what happened this year, we need money to service that land. Currently we are searching for more funds and our hope is that we get it so that we serve our purpose,” said Mwanyekange.