Finland to build houses in Keetmanshoop

08 Oct 2016 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 08 OCT (NAMPA) - The Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust), Keetmanshoop Municipality and Finnish-Namibian Smart Community Consortium (SCC) on Friday signed an agreement to conduct research in the construction of houses at the far southern town.
An initiative of a group of Finnish and Namibian partners, SCC aims to respond to the challenges of rapid urbanisation and pressing need for housing in different regions of Namibia.
Keetmanshoop will be the first town in Namibia to benefit from this project.
Nust along with the Finnish University of Tampere and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland are responsible for the research part of the project, which will run from 2016 to 2018.
Speaking to Nampa on the sidelines of the signing ceremony, Keetmanshoop Municipality Chief Executive Officer Desmond Basson explained that the project is currently in its infant stage, with the research part already commenced.
The research includes consultations with Keetmanshoop residents on whether they would be interested in the construction of houses and if there will be a need for a clinic, swimming pool and a football field.
It also includes engaging with policy makers and businesses.
He noted that the research part will include the construction of two pilot houses for residents to view.
Basson said a piece of land in the Krönlein residential area has already been identified for the construction of two-bedroom and three-bedroom houses, which will cost between N.dollars 400 000 and N.dollars 800 000 by the SCC.
“There is no target group for the houses at this stage and the two houses will be built by April next year,” he said.
Six towns in Namibia will benefit from this project at a cost of N.dollars 24 million from the Embassy of Finland in Namibia.