First Lady to hand over SDFN houses in Omusati

26 Feb 2017 17:30pm
ONGWEDIVA, 26 FEB (NAMPA) – First Lady Monica Geingos, patron of the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia (SDFN), will hand over 20 houses to SDFN saving groups at Tsandi village in the Omusati Region on Monday.
Coordinator of the umbrella body, Namibia Housing Action Group (NHAG), Heinrich Amushila confirmed the handing over in a telephonic interview on Sunday.
The Omusati Regional Council in 2010 allocated land at Tsandi to four SDFN saving groups - Leevi Katoma, Joel Kaapanda, Nambula yaMukatha and Nandjala - where they are to build 53 houses.
“The Ministry of Urban and Rural Development’s town planners assisted to plan the land while the Ministry of Land Reform assisted with surveying,” Amushila said.
At the time, the Omusati Regional Council did not have funds to develop the land and members of the saving groups took it upon themselves to service the land at a cost of N.dollars 3 000 per erf of 300 square metres.
The servicing started in December 2013, followed by the construction of the first 14 houses in February 2014. Construction of the rest of the houses started in 2015.
The 20 houses to be handed over on Monday are fully serviced with electricity, water and sewer and most of the owners are women, Amushila said.
Some 240 houses have been built in the Omusati Region under the auspices of SDFN/NHAG. Houses have also been constructed at Ruacana (12), Outapi (120), Okalongo (14), Oshikuku (15), Okonyota (two) and Etunda (four).
Amushila indicated that most of the houses were constructed with funds from the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development and through SDFN own repayments. Twelve houses in Tsandi are funded through a foundation partnership between Ohorongo Cement, First National Bank and the Pupkewitz Foundation.