Shaningwa urges local authorities to avail land

11 Feb 2017 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 11 FEB (NAMPA) – Minister of Urban and Rural Development Sophia Shaningwa has called on local authorities across the country to avail land for the purpose of housing provision at affordable rates.
Shaningwa made the appeal during the handing over of a house made of polymer re-usable modular bricks to Windhoek resident Abel Phillip and his family on Friday.
The house in Otjomuise’s Extension 7 was donated to the Government by a German company, Polycare.
The minister urged local authorities to ensure that the houses constructed are affordable for everyone, mostly for people in the low and middle income brackets.
“If the land prices remain high, then houses will never be affordable to the target groups,” Shaningwa explained.
The minister further urged employers to demonstrate the value of their employees by assisting them to acquire land and build houses.
She however also called on citizens who wish to acquire houses to start saving, as the houses to be constructed will not be given for free.
Shaningwa said Government will continue to support public-private partnerships that are truly geared towards assisting the government to provide affordable land and housing.
The minister said the polymer houses built for Namibians is a model to test the market and interest in using re-usable modular bricks to construct affordable houses once the promoter of the technology, Polycare and partner Kavango Block Bricks have set up a local manufacturing plant.
The plant is expected to be constructed in Okahandja this year.
“We acknowledge that the government cannot solve the housing equation alone, hence the need for all stakeholders to join efforts to enable us to develop this country,” Shaningwa said.