28 Oct 2017 12:50pm
WALVIS BAY, 28 OCT (NAMPA) - President Hage Geingob on Friday inaugurated 243 low cost houses at Walvis Bay as part of the national mass housing programme.
Of the 243, two and three bedroom houses, more than 160 are already occupied, while the rest will be allocated based on a waiting list at the municipality.
The houses were built by the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development, the Walvis Bay Municipality and the private sector.
They form part of the 900 that will be built on serviced erven in Kuisebmond Extension 5.
Funding of the land services was done by the ministry while the private sector financed the construction done by local contractors, which started in November last year and ended in September.
Geingob described it as the first results of the mass land servicing programme after its launch in 2015 in Walvis Bay, Windhoek and Oshakati.
The President noted that the nation is faced with poor sanitation and lack of housing, hence more efforts are required from both Government and the private sector to address the situation.
He said the fact that partners in this project managed to build so many houses is a good example to Windhoek and Oshakati.
This is a showcase of Harambee in action. Let us join efforts to address national challenges, remarked Geingob, urging other towns that are part of the mass housing programme to follow suit.
Geingob also instructed the Shack Dwellers Federation here, which received about 1 000 plots from the municipality, to start building houses and give to beneficiaries.
Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sophia Shaningwa said at the same occasion that it is important to hold hands as the nation continues to deliver affordable housing.
We have delivered on our assignment, we are therefore proud today to handover the houses to the President so that he can give to his people, she said.