Land-A-Dollar campaign seeking more funds for land servicing

09 Jun 2016 19:50pm
WINDHOEK, 09 JUN (NAMPA) - The leadership of the Land-a-Dollar campaign have launched new initiatives to help raise money for the Mass Urban Land Servicing Programme under which 200 000 erven around the country will be serviced.
These initiatives include donations via text message and a mobile application, public dialogues and gala dinners in addition to the drums that have been placed at various locations for the collection of money.
Speaking at the launch of these initiatives here on Thursday, Land-a-Dollar campaign public relations officer Emma Theofelus said the initiatives will run concurrently until October this year.
The Land-a-Dollar campaign which is an initiative of the University of Namibia (UNAM)'s Student Representative Council was launched in August 2015.
Theofelus explained that the new initiatives will complement their efforts to raise more than N.dollars 1 billion for the programme.
“We want to increase fundraising streams in an effort to meet the government halfway in the servicing 200 000 erven as the government alone would not be able to attain this feat,” she said.
The government and the leadership of Affirmative Repositioning (AR) Movement in July 2015 resolved to service 200 000 plots countrywide. The pilot project started in Windhoek, Walvis Bay and Oshakati.
Theofelus explained that the text message service will give Namibians in remote areas who do not have access to the drums a chance to donate towards the cause.
Those wishing to donate via test message can send a message containing the text 'landadollar' to 54321 at a charge of N.dollars 3. The line is already active.
She further said public dialogues will be held in Windhoek, Walvis Bay and Oshakati to create a platform for land and housing experts to give their views and ideas on the housing sector in the country.
Theofelus invited all Namibians to attend these dialogues in their respective towns and to share ideas regarding the national housing problem.
“Information regarding the venues and dates of the dialogues will be communicated to the public soon,” she said.
Gala dinners will also be hosted in these three towns to provide individuals and companies with an opportunity to pledge funds towards the servicing of erven.
“These gala dinners will serve as a platform to provide feedback on our progress made thus far on the campaign,” she said.
The tickets for these gala dinners will be sold at the cost of N.dollars 1 000 per chair and N.dollars 10 000 per table of 10 people.