Shaningwa impressed by Oshakati's housing delivery

25 Jan 2018 17:20pm
OSHAKATI, 25 JAN (NAMPA) – Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sophia Shaningwa has commended the Oshakati Town Council for the hard work it puts into providing its residents with affordable housing.
She was speaking during the official ground-breaking of the construction site for 200 houses at Ekuku Extension 6 on Thursday.
“The construction of houses by the government under the Mass Housing Development Programme and the servicing of land under the Massive Urban Land Servicing Project are not the only interventions being undertaken by Government in the quest to reduce the housing backlog in the country, especially for the low and ultra-low income groups,” the minister said.
The houses are to be constructed by the National Housing Enterprise (NHE) through a public private partnership (PPP) agreement.
The Oshakati Town Council secured funding from Central Government through the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development to plan and provide basic services at this township.
The erven are earmarked for construction of housing units which will be affordable to low and medium income earners.
Shaningwa said the housing demand in Namibia can be done away with through PPPs.
“The challenges of housing and urban land delivery are not undefeatable if we, government, the private sector and the community pull our resources and efforts together and pursue inclusive, equitable and innovative strategies,” she added.
Shaningwa said this would contribute to the social progression pillar of the Harambee Prosperity Plan and therefore needs to be implemented.