Shaningwa hands over 29 new houses at Bukalo

08 Oct 2017 19:30pm
WINDHOEK, 08 OCT (NAMPA) - Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sophia Shaningwa handed over 29 houses to Mass Housing beneficiaries at Bukalo in the Zambezi Region on Sunday.
The houses were constructed by a local construction company appointed by the National Housing Enterprise (NHE) through the Government’s Mass Housing Development Programme.
A statement issued by the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development Sunday said the 29 houses form part of 86 houses that have been completed at the village so far.
Bukalo is one of the two local authorities in the Zambezi Region that were selected for the implementation of the first phase of the programme.
The other local authority in the region that benefited is Katima Mulilo, where 202 houses have been completed. The NHE is reportedly in the process of allocating the houses to the beneficiaries.
“As a Government, we believe that the provision of affordable housing is one of the effective means to address poverty because shelter is usually the most expensive item for a household. Our ultimate aim is not to just construct houses, but for such houses to get into the hands of needy people,” said Shaningwa.
She said she is pleased to see that the houses have not been vandalised unlike in some other local authorities, where new houses were vandalised and had to be repaired at a huge cost.
“I would like to thank and congratulate the leadership and community of Bukalo for looking after these houses,” she said.
Shaningwa then appealed to all Mass Housing stakeholders to ensure that the houses are affordable for needy Namibians.
The Namibian Government under the leadership of former President Hifikepunye Pohamba launched the Mass Housing Development Programme in November 2013 to reduce the housing backlog in the country, especially for ultra-low and low income earners.