18 May 2017 20:10pm
WINDHOEK, 18 MAY (NAMPA) The City of Windhoek plans to build 79 houses in Khomasdal Extension 16 through a public-private partnership.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held at the site on Thursday.
Speaking at the event was Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sophia Shaningwa, who said there is a huge shortage of housing, especially for people in the lower and middle income segments, mostly in Windhoek.
With Windhoek being the capital city, people will continue to migrate from rural areas in search of better opportunities, resulting in more needing to be done as far as housing is concerned, the minister said.
According to the Harambee Prosperity Plan, 6 500 residential plots and 5 000 houses have to be availed per year to meet this need.
Shaningwa said the government cannot solve the housing problem alone, hence the need for all stakeholders to cooperate.
The minister further said the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development, National Housing Enterprise (NHE) and Windhoek Municipality have long waiting lists of clients in need of affordable housing.
In an effort to accelerate the pace of housing provision, the City of Windhoek has embarked upon a pilot project to build houses itself in partnership with the Amibex-Oluzizi Joint Venture, Shaningwa said.
Chief Executive Officer of the Windhoek Municipality, Robert Kahimise told this news agency the prices of the 79 houses have been fixed at N.dollars 800 000, including the land.
Windhoek Mayor Muesee Kazapua said public-private partnerships are the only feasible solution to the housing problem.
Representing the Amibex-Oluzizi Joint Venture was Simon Andjamba, who said the houses will be completed less than 12 months from now.