Contractors urged to build quality houses

16 Oct 2013 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 16 OCT (NAMPA) – Building contractors in the country have been urged to deliver on-time, quality, affordable and sustainable houses during the implementation of the N.dollars 45 billion-mass housing development programme.
Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development Major General Charles Namoloh made the call on Wednesday when he informed several contractors, builders, environmentalists, financiers, among others, about the government’s mass housing development programme in the capital.
Government launched the N.dollars 45 billion-mass housing development programme earlier this year, aimed at building 185 000 houses by the year 2030 to mitigate the current deficit of 100 000 houses nationwide.
Namoloh said the country currently has a housing backlog of 3 700 per annum, and it is growing at an alarm rate.
“I want you to note that this is not business as usual, and we want contractors who have the capacity to deliver on-time, quality and sustainable houses,” said Namoloh.
“Some of you think that when we talk about the low-cost housing we exclude quality. In fact, we want these houses to have the same quality structure as all houses in Windhoek and elsewhere,” he demanded.
The minister said the government's plan to build 185 000 houses is not an easy task, saying it will require serious participation of all stakeholders, mostly Namibian-based building construction and supply companies.
Considering the economy of scale, Namoloh requested building material suppliers to be ready to facilitate the project implementation.
He also called on suppliers to provide building materials at an affordable price with good quality, and most importantly on time.
Namoloh then expressed concern over Namibian building and construction contractors and suppliers of building materials who seem to set their prices unreasonably high, which result in inflated costs of houses.
“We will strictly scrutinise and compare prices of the services and labour,” he stated
The minister also encouraged contractors to exercise social responsibility towards the society when pricing this project.
“This is a social project, and we will make all efforts to produce quality housing that all Namibians can afford,” he stated.
The mass housing project will financed by the government through grants, resources mobilisation through public private partnerships and debt financing and household savings.
The tenders to construct houses will be out soon.
President Hifikepunye Pohamba earlier this year appointed the members of the National Committee on Mass Housing Development, to which he is a chairperson.
The committee comprises of Namoloh as Deputy Chairperson, Minister of Presidential Affairs Albert Kawana, Minister of Finance Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila and National Planning Commission Director-General Tom Alweendo.