Karibib to start formalising informal settlement soon

21 Oct 2013 14:00pm
KARIBIB, 21 OCT (NAMPA) - The Karibib Town Council has officially put the ball in motion for the formalising of the informal settlement situated in the town’s Husab residential area.
The new area will be known as ‘Husab Extension 1’, and will be used to relocate and resettle people currently residing in the informal settlement.
Karibib’s acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Matjandjara Katurota told Nampa last Wednesday a total of N.dollars 8 million will be availed for the servicing of the land.
Katurota explained that the N.dollars 8 million, which forms part of the Targeted Intervention Programme for Employment and Economic Growth (Tipeeg), will only be sufficient for a limited number of erven and not the 600 erven the town council had hoped to service.
“A total of 600 erven have been earmarked for this extension, but at the moment the funds only allow for 321 erven to be serviced,” she stated.
She went on to explain that the servicing of the land is a result of the council’s vision to demolish the informal settlement and provide residents with erven to construct proper housing.
Once the erven have been fully serviced, residents will be able to purchase an erf and start constructing houses through the Build-Together programme, or alternatively through bank loans as the majority of the residents have a steady income.
Also speaking to this news agency, the town council’s technical manager Fanie van der Westhuizen indicated that the servicing of the land will commence within the next two weeks.
He added that the servicing of the land will also mean employment opportunities for the local residents.