SDFN members at Otavi thrilled with federation's progress

18 Aug 2017 07:50am
OTAVI, 18 AUG (NAMPA) - Members of the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia (SDFN) at Otavi on Thursday said Government should support the organisation to ultimately provide more people with decent housing.
Rosina Hunibes, 62, told Nampa she owns a one-bedroom brick house thanks to the programme, which she said does not discriminate against anyone based on level of income, age or gender.
“Whether you are old like me, young or unemployed, as long as you join, there is a guarantee that one day you will own a house,” she said.
Hunibes said her life has changed since she moved into her house in May this year. She lived in a shack before.
Another beneficiary, 69-year-old Magdalena Naibes, also moved into her house in May.
“It was a dream come true to own a house. This programme is real and it works. I call on Government to support it and allow all less privileged Namibians to join it in their respective regions,” she said.
Naibes also called on the Otavi Town Council to allocate more plots to the federation so that other members at Otavi can acquire houses.
Otavi Deputy Mayor, George Garab told this news agency beneficiaries started moving into the houses built by SDFN in April this year.
He said the Otavi Town Council has already passed another resolution to allocate 50 more unserviced plots to this programme for other residents registered under it to benefit as well.
Garab however said some of the houses still do not have electricity.
He said the Central North Regional Electricity Distributor (Cenored) requires a connection fee of N.dollars 2 500, which some of the pensioners cannot afford.
“We have also resolved as a council to engage Cenored to reduce its connection fee for pensioners under this programme,” he said.
SDFN National Facilitator, Edith Mbanga last year said the construction of the 20 brick houses for the programme's members at Otavi started on 20 July 2016, and some houses were expected to be completed by September the same year.
Otavi has nearly 50 SDFN members and most of them participated in the construction process and manufacturing of bricks for the 20 houses.
The federation members service the land themselves, buy building materials, make their own bricks and use the knowledge of experienced builders among themselves to build the houses themselves.
Mbanga said a one-bedroom house with an open-plan kitchen and toilet is built for less than N.dollars 30 000 when done by members of the federation.
She noted the beneficiaries here acquired their plots of between 300 and 400 square metres each from the town council at the beginning of 2016 at a price of N.dollars 10 per square metre per plot.
The federation has more than 21 000 members, and by last year has built more than 4 200 houses in all 14 regions for its members since inception in 1998.
First Lady Monica Geingos is the SDFN patron.