22 Sep 2013 06:40
KEETMANSHOOP, 22 SEP (NAMPA) Twenty Lüdertiz families received houses under the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia here on Saturday.
The recipients are now proud owners of one-bedroom houses in the Area 7 informal settlement of the town.
Deputy Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development (MRLGHRD) Priscilla Beukes handed over the keys to the joyous beneficiaries.
The construction of the 20 houses was officially launched by former Minister of Regional and Local Government, Jerry Ekandjo in November 2012.
These houses were constructed by the Limbandungila and Work-Together Savings Group under the supervision of the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia, and they completed the work in July this year.
Most of the residents in Area 7 live in corrugated iron sheet houses.
A media statement issued by the Lüderitz Town Council on Saturday indicate that the hand over coincided with the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of 13 low-cost houses in the Benguela residential area.
Lüderitz Mayor Suzan Ndjaleka was quoted in the statement as saying that it is a demonstration of the town councils collective efforts to provide affordable housing to the majority of people who are not in the position to afford decent shelter.
Ndjaleka said her council will provide water, sewerage and electricity networks to these houses.
During the financial year, which ended in June this year, we were able to construct 430 low-cost housing, and many families that used to live in the Single Quarters, compound and informal settlements, were able to acquire shelter under low-cost housing and Build-Together programmes.
This is indeed a remarkable achievement that we were able to translate into tangible results in a short possible time for the benefit of our citizens, particularly those in the lower-earning category, said the mayor.
She encouraged members of the Lüderitz community to fully make use of the Shack Dwellers programme and other low-cost housing programmes in order to acquire decent shelter for their families.
I thank the Shack Dwellers group in Lüderitz for realising this project, having realised that a home is not a privilege but a right, a place of security, a place where a baby is nurtured into a responsible adult, and most importantly, a place where one retires after a hard days work, said Ndjaleka.