27 Jun 2017 12:10pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 27 JUN (NAMPA) The slow delivery of homes under the national Mass Housing programme remains a stumbling block to development in the //Kharas Region.
In her State of the Region address on Monday, //Kharas Governor Lucia Basson expressed frustration with the standstill of construction at Keetmanshoop and the extreme vandalism of houses here.
Of 245 homes earmarked for the programme in Keetmanshoop, 170 were left incomplete and abandoned in Tseiblaagte and Krönlein.
In Tseiblaagte Extension 5, only 35 are occupied, while a number of vandalised houses are being renovated as part of 75 that are soon to be completed.
All houses at Keetmanshoop are social homes, up to 60 per cent of one unit is subsidised by Government.
The governor urged the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development and the Keetmanshoop Municipality to appoint contractors for the houses completion.
A total of 62 and 150 houses have been completed at Lüderitz and Karasburg, respectively.
Thirty at Lüderitz are social homes and are occupied, while 32 were developed under the National Housing Enterprises Credit Link option and sold at commercial rates to Government employees.
These houses remain unoccupied as commercial banks find it difficult to finance the houses, Basson said.
At Karasburg, 107 Credit Link houses are also unfinanced, while the remaining 43 social homes have been allocated to beneficiaries, though still not handed over.
The ministry and NHE must engage the banks to get the Credit Link houses sold, she said.
Though admitting that the countrys current economic hardship stands in the way of servicing land, Basson said the region has enough virgin land for both residential and business purposes.
The exception is the Lüderitz Town Council which cannot expand its boundaries, because it is boxed in by the Diamond Act and rocky terrain.
She further called on authorities to financially and logistically support the Build Together programme for it to provide affordable housing for low-income earners.
This programme is in high demand at all local authorities in the region and I am grateful that it was re-introduced in the country this year for implementation purposes, Basson said.