Oshakati Council to avoid illegal constructions

29 Dec 2016 08:10am
OSHAKATI, 29 DEC (NAMPA) – The Oshakati Town Council has a fundamental strategy aimed at availing serviced urban land to ensure that all its 35 000 residents have shelter and live in decent conditions.
The town’s new mayor, Angelus Iiyambo said this whilst speaking at the official handover of 141 houses to beneficiaries at the town’s Ekuku residential area on Wednesday.
Urban and Rural Development Minister, Sophia Shaningwa handed over the houses and at the same time performed ground breaking for the construction of 600 low-cost houses in the same area.
Iiyambo used the platform to appeal for stakeholders’ assistance for council to make significant progress in availing serviced urban land.
He said limited resources remain the cause of the setback in land delivery.
The mayor said the local authority wants to avoid illegal construction, because it does not condone dwellings in flood prone areas or that residents live in appalling conditions.
In her address during the handover, Shaningwa described the council as the leading local authority in terms of delivery of serviced urban land and the provision of affordable housing.
She said the importance of housing can never be overemphasised.
“Access to land and housing is central for the attainment of sustainable development, social harmony and economic prosperity in our country.”
She said Namibia has a housing backlog of 300 000, which Government needs to address through her ministry, local authorities and the public private partnership (PPP) initiative.
The 141 houses were constructed under the PPP initiative by private developers such as KA Developers, Fysal Development Company and Oshana Econo Blocks.