Land-A-Dollar's drum campaign ends in October

25 Jul 2016 10:40am
WINDHOEK, 24 JUL (NAMPA) – The Land-A-Dollar campaign’s drum project is expected to end by October this year.
All the drums placed at a number of locations countrywide will be opened between September and October, one of the leaders of the campaign, Elwin !Gaoseb told Nampa on Friday.
The Land-A-Dollar campaign was launched last year to help raise money for the Mass Urban Land Servicing Programme, under which 200 000 erven around the country will be serviced.
More than 400 drums were placed at various locations in 15 towns for the collection of money from members of the public.
Other initiatives under the Land-A-Dollar campaign include donations via text message and a mobile application, public dialogues and gala dinners in addition.
!Gaoseb dismissed reports that the campaign is an initiative of the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement, saying it is the brainchild of the University of Namibia (UNAM)'s Student Representative Council (SRC).
He explained that the campaign was proposed and crafted by UNAM students in support of President Hage Geingob's call for public support for the 200 000 erven servicing target.
!Gaoseb said a team comprising UNAM representatives inclusive of various stakeholders and government officials will open the drums.
“The funds will be handed over by the UNAM SRC to the Office of the President for the funding of the servicing of erven,” he said.
The Office of the President has appointed a technical committee to oversee the implementation of the Mass Urban Land Servicing Initiative, !Gaoseb said.
The leadership of Land-A-Campaign expect the committee to keep them informed on how the funds are utilised through reports to the SRC.
He said they set a target of obtaining between N.dollars 1 million and N.dollars 3 million, adding that the drums are being monitored to see what progress is being made towards the target.
!Gaoseb said the leadership of the campaign have started to make use of platforms such as the media regularly as this allows them to engage the public in the project.
He added that the objective remains to restore human dignity through the provision of housing as per the Namibian Constitution, which is a basic human right.
“We have realised that the servicing of 200 000 erven cannot be left to government alone; thus we became involved in creating an avenue through which the Namibian populace can join in committing funds to the Mass Urban Land Servicing initiative,” he said.