Keetmanshoop Municipality can provide plots, but needs money

01 Aug 2015 10:50am
KEETMANSHOOP, 01 AUG (NAMPA) – The Keetmanshoop Municipality has earmarked 1 485 residential erven throughout the town for development.
Some sections of the assigned plots are already partially serviced, but more funds are required from the government for additional servicing and the establishment of new areas.
The figure was forwarded to the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development this week as part of the nationwide identification of available land to secure housing for thousands of Namibians.
Speaking to Nampa, Jegg Christiaan of the municipality’s office for community and economic affairs said the application list for erven and housing currently stands at just over 1300.
He expressed readiness on the part of the municipality to meet and exceed this figure with Government support.
Breaking down the amount, Christiaan indicated that large virgin land to cater for at least 500 residential plots has been identified in the Kronlein area. This part, reserved for middle-income housing, however first needs to be proclaimed – a lengthy process, before surveying and all bulk services can commence.
An amount of 140 partly-serviced plots are available in another part of Kronlein for low and middle-income housing.
In Tseiblaagte, 415 plots with water and sewer servicing already in place have been set aside. Additional infrastructure requirements for the low-income housing area include storm water management, electrical reticulation and streets. Some of the plots have been committed to the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia and the Smart Housing Concept – a Namibian-Finnish partnership programme.
The upper-income Westdene suburb can accommodate 230 new plots. At the moment, the entire area is unserviced, but Christiaan indicated that interest has been obtained from private developers to service the land.
This practice of selling land to private developers throughout the country has been met with scorn by Namibians as in most cases the developers cheaply obtain the land, yet sell it at highly-inflated prices.
Christiaan countered by saying the municipality would put contractual clauses and agreements in place to ensure transactions are conducted fairly.
He however added that the final decision to service or sell the land rested with the line-ministry.
“Whichever way, the municipality does need revenue to operate and we try to find the best means possible to generate income,” he explained.
In Noordhoek, the municipality obtained 200 upper-income residential plots through a loan agreement worth N.dollars 15 million with the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry. The plots were acquired by the ministry and will be serviced by the municipality. It is expected to be available for sale to individuals within the next year.
The municipality’s existing budget of N.dollars 120 million for 2015/16 mainly caters for infrastructural service delivery while millions of dollars in additional funds are required to address the land and housing demand.