Stop gambling with land: Shaningwa

16 Feb 2016 22:50pm
EENHANA, 16 FEB (NAMPA) – The Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sophia Shaningwa has condemned the practice whereby people acquire dozens of residential erven and leave them undeveloped while Namibia faces a massive housing backlog.
Speaking at Eenhana in the Ohangwena Region while officially inaugurating 229 houses on Monday, Shaningwa urged the Local Authorities (LAs) to allocate residential erven to needy residents.
She said the trend whereby people acquire erven in urban areas and hold on to the erven to sell at a later stage at exorbitant prices is an injustice.
“These are merely speculators who are gambling with land and this must stop with immediate effect as it also contributes to the housing shortage,” Shaningwa said.
She told her audience the government, through her ministry, has undertaken to make available a combined 6 000 serviced erven and houses annually in the efforts to address the housing shortage.
“However, the government cannot address the housing situation alone, hence the need for all stakeholders to join efforts to enable us to develop this country,” the Urban and Rural Development Minister said.
Greywall Properties constructed the more than 200 houses on a 17-hectare erf under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) between the company and the town council of Eenhana.