Shaningwa revives 'Build Together'

17 Apr 2016 12:20pm
SWAKOPMUND, 17 APR (NAMPA - The 'Build Together' Programme, which was absorbed by the Mass Housing project in 2013, was reintroduced by Urban and Rural Minister Sophia Shaningwa over the weekend.
Speaking during the Erongo Region’s belated Independence celebrations at Swakopmund on Saturday, Shaningwa said the programme will commence henceforth.
The programme is a self-help initiative targeting low and ultra-low income earners in the country.
It provides home loans to people whose monthly incomes are less than N.dollars 3 000 and also assists middle-income earners who do not have access to credit from financial institutions or who are regarded as a credit risk.
The house plans includes one bedroom, a kitchen and a bathroom and is based on a N. dollars 40 000 loan per house, repayable within a period of 20 years.
Shaningwa said during her two-day deliberations with political leaders and administrators of all regional and local authorities on Thursday and Friday at Swakopmund, it was decided that the programme must be revived.
It will run concurrently with the Mass Housing Programme, she said.
The minister said she instructed all local authorities to use the available serviced land, if there is any, to start constructing houses under 'Build Together' as soon as possible.
“I also established through the meeting that there are more than 27 000 serviced erven across the country right now. Government will build houses on some of these erven and others will be given to people to construct their own houses,” she revealed.
Shaningwa said she also established that there are 80 000 demarcated unserviced erven in Namibia which only need funding for servicing.
She noted that as the Build Together commences, poor quality houses will not be tolerated as the aim is to deliver quality properties.
“Please get yourself on the waiting lists of municipalities for you to benefit from this housing scheme, on a ‘first come first served’ basis. Also give full cooperation to your leaders by telling them what you want and how you want it, so that they can assist you,” the minister told the community.
In 2014, 10 village councils petitioned Government calling for the reinstatement of the Build Together Programme, citing that Mass Housing will lock out low income earners as the houses are expensive.
The 10 village councils that signed the petition are Tses, Bethanie, Berseba, Maltahöhe, Kalkrand, Koës, Leonardville, Gibeon, Stampriet and Witvlei.
About 200 people attended the regional Independence celebration.