Swakop Mass Housing to resume soon: Shipoke

22 Feb 2016 13:50pm
SWAKOPMUND, 22 FEB (NAMPA) - Work on 883 houses being built under the Mass Housing Project in Swakopmund, is expected to resume in the next two weeks.
These houses are located in the Block Eight of the DRC informal settlement.
Paulo Shipoke, the managing director of Power Oyeno Construction which is the main contractor for the project in Swakopmund, said his company recently signed a new 15-month contract with the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development to proceed with the project.
This follows after the Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sophia Shaningwa suspended the national Mass Housing Project in May 2015 due to a lack of funds.
The project’s budget is N.dollars 45 billion for the construction of 185 000 houses across the country by 2030.
After several deliberations between the ministry, the National Housing Enterprise (NHE) which was mandated to implement the project, and the contractors, the Government agreed to avail about N.dollars 100 million for the completion of the Swakopmund houses.
The NHE’s mandate to oversee the project has since been revoked.
On Monday, Shipoke said the company is busy negotiating new contracts with 62 sub-contractors, after which they can resume work.
The new agreements focus on the completion of existing, incomplete houses.
The initial contract was for Power Oyeno to deliver 2 034 houses in Swakopmund.