10 Feb 2017 19:30pm
WINDHOEK, 10 FEB (NAMPA) - The Namibian government on Friday handed over a house made of polymer bricks to a family of eight.
The house was constructed at a cost of over N.dollars 250 000 and was donated to Government by a German company, Polycare. The company in November last year erected a show-house at the Invest in Namibia conference and re-erected the building on the erf in Otjomuise extension 7, where owner Abel Phillip lives. He has used a wheelchair since before Namibias independence in 1990.
During the handover, President Hage Geingob said the task of delivering land and decent housing to Namibians who have been left out due to past injustices is a mammoth task.
He said Government understands the significant role housing plays in improving lives by providing people with access to basic services such as water and sanitation.
The provision of adequate and affordable housing is one of our primary weapons in the war against poverty and concomitant inequality, he said.
The Head of State thanked the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development and the contractor, Kavango Building Bricks for transforming the Phillip familys shack into a proper structure.
Phillip thanked Government for providing his family with a proper structure to live in.
We want to thank the government for providing us with this house, a place were my children will be safe and can study quietly, he said.
Phillip and his wife, Mwangu Phillip, have six children; two boys and four girls.
As part of the outcome of the Invest in Namibia conference, Government has approved Polycare setting up a production facility in Okahandja this year that will use desert sand to make building blocks for affordable houses.
Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development, Immanuel Ngatjizeko last year welcomed the company to Namibia, saying Polycare will be able to assist the country in tackling the housing shortage and create local jobs.
The reusable bricks are four times stronger than conventional concrete bricks and can be used to build structures like schools, homes and medical centres. Construction can take as little as two days.
The company has developed an innovative, low-cost, strong, durable and environmentally friendly building system that uses Lego-like building blocks, which are 87 per cent desert sand and 13 per cent polyester resin.