More support needed to address housing problems

22 Aug 2013 04:10
KEETMANSHOOP, 22 AUG (NAMPA) – The Deputy Minister of Veterans‘ Affairs and Councillor for the Keetmanshoop Urban Constituency Hilma Nikanor requested the private sector to build houses for the poor in this southern town.
Speaking at the handing-over of 322 blankets to the elderly here on Wednesday, the councillor said the housing deficit experienced in the town and country at large should not be left to Government alone to solve.
“When people need houses, they usually run to the Regional Council. We know our Government is very dedicated to providing decent housing to everyone in Namibia, but let’s not leave the responsibility to Government alone. We must meet Government halfway,” she advised.
Nikanor said it is necessary that more private companies donate corrugated iron-sheets to help build houses for people whose shacks are being destroyed by fires every year.
She further stated that Keetmanshoop experiences huge housing problems, especially for those poor people who currently live in dilapidated shacks in Tseiblaagte’s Extension One area.
“We want private companies, especially the ones in the construction industry, to help build houses for our people who cannot afford to build any shelter for themselves.
If they donate corrugated iron-sheets and other building materials, then they meet Government halfway in addressing the housing needs,” Nikanor noted.
The Swapo-Party regional office here - with the support of New Phase Trading company - earlier this month constructed two corrugated iron-sheet houses for two people.
These are Lena Goliath, who previously stayed at the Keetmanshoop dumpsite due to a lack of housing and Hendrik Boys, who used to share a tiny shack with his sister Rebecca Boys and niece Nicolene Boys.
The lack of proper housing is evident in this town, as most houses belonging to elderly people in the Autoline residential area have at least three shacks in their backyards belonging to their family members.
In most instances, such a shack built out of old iron-sheets collected from the dumpsite, is a house for more than three people.