Shaningwa called on local authorities to trace investors

06 Oct 2017 18:40pm
WINDHOEK, 05 OCT(NAMPA) - Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sophia Shaningwa on Thursday called on local authorities to trace investors who showed an interest in the housing sector during the 'Invest in Namibia' conference held last year.
Shaningwa made these remarks during the launch of the Standard bank Namibia’s third Buy-a-Brick event in Windhoek.
“I call upon the local authorities to trace these investors through the Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development, and engage and partner with them in various housing initiatives” she said.
Shaningwa said investors came to Namibia pledging to uplift the living standards of Namibians by partnering with non-government organisations such as the Shack Dwellers Federation.
Shaningwe further said that not much was done with regards to the commitments that were made at the conference that attracted hundreds of investors, with most expressing interest to invest and finance housing initiatives.
“I am still seeing dust in the air especially with the City of Windhoek, where I have a number of people that are still out there that don’t have shelter and accommodation.
“It is really my plea [to] the City of Windhoek, please pull up your socks,” she added, explaining that the situation cannot be allowed to persist.
The minister also noted that she would like to see the City of Windhoek doing more and to work together with the Shack Dwellers Federation to assist her ministry and Central Government in getting people out of shacks and into more stable housing structures.
The Standard Bank Buy a Brick initiative was launched in October 2015 and has since handed over N.dollars 1.4 million to beneficiaries of the Rehoboth Shack Dwellers Federation to build 40 new houses.
The Standard Bank Buy-a-Brick initiative is a flagship corporate social investment campaign geared towards addressing the country’s housing needs for disadvantaged communities through the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia as well as supporting the Harambee Prosperity Plan endorsed by President Hage Geingob.