20 Otavi SDFN members receive new houses

07 Dec 2017 10:20am
OTAVI, 07 DEC (NAMPA) – Twenty members of the Shack Dwellers’ Federation of Namibia (SDFN) on Wednesday received new houses built under the federation at Otavi in the Otjozondjupa Region.
Deputy Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sylvia Makgone, who handed over the houses, said the SDFN has proved itself to be a working low-cost housing programme that needs support in its quest to reduce the increasing number of makeshift houses in the country.
She said the housing activities of the federation impressed Government, as they do not discriminate on basis of socio-economic differences, age or gender.
“We will therefore continue to work with this federation since now we have a plan to reduce the number of shack houses in the country and provide affordable quality houses to the people,” said Makgone.
Technical expert member of the SDFN, Heinrich Amushila said at the same event the federation is available in all towns and proclaimed settlements of the country’s 14 regions.
He said Otavi alone has 220 members, while the federation itself has 23 000 members countrywide.
“We have so far built 4 800 houses across the country since our formation 18 years ago,” he said.
The actual construction of the houses by the SDNF members at Otavi started in July 2016 and was completed in July 2017.
The members bought building materials and used knowledge of experienced builders among them to build the houses with their own hands.
One-bedroom houses with an open-plan kitchen and toilet were built at a cost of less than N.dollars 40 000 each.
Several beneficiaries thanked the government for its support and called on everyone in need of a house to become a member of the federation.
They acquired these plots of between 300 and 400 square metres each from the Otavi Town Council at the beginning of 2016 at a cost of N.dollars 10 per square metre.
Managing Director of Ohorongo Cement, Hans-Wilhelm Schütte, who was present at the event, said the new houses were partly funded by a joint donation made by Ohorongo, Pupkewitz Foundation, First National Bank of Namibia Holdings' Foundation Trust, and Neo Paint.
Schütte said his company will continue to partner with the housing activities of the federation.