Shaningwa hands over house donated by CoW

18 May 2017 17:00pm
WINDHOEK, 18 MAY (NAMPA) – Minister of Urban and Rural Development Sophia Shaningwa on Thursday handed over a two-bedroom house to the Shimoshili family.
Ndinoita Shimoshili, who uses a wheelchair, had been renting a shack without electricity, water and sanitation in the Havana informal settlement for 20 years.
He applied for assistance in the form of proper shelter to the City of Windhoek (CoW) in 2015 and the family received a piece of land from the municipality.
The house is situated in Ohima Street in Okuryangava and was constructed by the Oluzizi Engineering Construction-Amibex joint venture to serve as an example of affordable housing.
Shaningwa said although housing is a basic need, not all people have access to a house. She said it is critical that policies and programmes respond to this mismatch in order to make basic amenities accessible to the public.
“Although this family is fortunate to benefit from the donation of an erf, it was almost obvious that the family, being part of the less fortunate members of our society, could not afford to put up a formal structure on the ground,” she said.
She also congratulated the two construction companies for offering to build the house as part of their corporate social responsibility.