28 Jul 2015 12:00pm
WINDHOEK, 28 JUL (NAMPA) Local businessperson Ranga Haikali is the first Namibian to publicly donate machinery towards the servicing of 200 000 plots in the country.
The equipment includes a D4 Caterpillar bulldozer, a 140G Caterpillar Grader and one Bell LO124C Front Loader.
Haikali, who is the chairperson of the Safland Property Group Namibia, told Nampa on Tuesday his contribution is aimed at meeting Government and the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement halfway on their resolution to service land for occupation by landless Namibians.
The official hand over of the donated items to be used on a temporary basis is yet to be done.
The government and the AR leaders on Friday resolved to service 200 000 plots countrywide, with the pilot one-week project to commence in Windhoek, Walvis Bay and Oshakati on Wednesday this week.
Haikali called upon individuals, ministries and agencies to avail themselves for labour intensive activities such as the clearing of land, amongst others.
I just hope that we deliver land that can be serviced, erven to be delivered and houses to be build, and not to be a public relations exercise, he said.
In a statement issued to Nampa on Tuesday, one of the AR leaders, Job Amupanda, applauded Haikali for the good gesture and called upon other Namibian citizens to emulate his contribution towards the development of the country.
We call on other businesspeople in the industry to join the national efforts and ensure that we get the country going on housing, he said.
The land activist committed himself to mobilise the youth and Namibians in volunteering to service the land.
Amupanda said the AR will hold a technical summit on Land Servicing and Housing in the capital next week, where technical professionals and housing experts will deal with practical things in a coordinated manner.
President Hage Geingob on Monday inspected the identified land to be serviced in the Goreangab, Otjomuise and Cimbebasia areas.
He is currently doing the same exercise in Oshakati in the the Oshana Region.