30 Sep 2016 22:20pm
GROOTFONTEIN, 30 SEP (NAMPA) A total of 102 new houses were handed over to the owners here on Friday.
The houses are situated between the Kalenga Primary School and Grootfontein Military Base, and were constructed by Tulaing Trading CC from Windhoek under a public/private partnership (PPP) with the Grootfontein Municipality.
Land servicing and construction of the houses started in May 2014.
Minister of Urban and Rural Development Sophia Shaningwa officiated at the event.
Grootfontein, like many other local authorities in the country, continue to experience tremendous socio-economic growth, which in turn demands for infrastructure and housing development, she said.
Shaningwa added that the newly-built houses were sold to members of the prisons and correctional service, police officers, soldiers and teachers here.
Two-bedroom houses were sold at N.dollars 430 000 and three-bedroom houses for N.dollars 595 000.
The minister stressed that the initiatives of the PPP are commendable, adding that deals must always ensure that the houses constructed are affordable by the people.
Tulaing Trading CC Director Josef Andreas said it feels good to deliver on its promises by constructing affordable houses.
He said starting November this year, about 200 more houses will be constructed by his company on another piece of land, adjacent the newly built houses.
Hilma Ndimulunde, a beneficiary, said she is happy to own a house near her workplace at the military base.
Another beneficiary, Anna Haingura, said it is a good feeling to own a house than to rent, and urged Government to service more affordable plots countrywide for other Namibians to benefit.
The deputy ministers of Public Enterprises Engel Nawatiseb and Urban and Rural Development Derek Klazen, among others, also attended the event.