Pohamba launches mass housing programme

26 Nov 2013 18:00

President Hifikepunye Pohamba has officially launched the N$45b mass housing project, which was announced in April this year.

Through this development programme the Government intends to build 185 000 affordable houses by 2030 to mitigate the current nationwide 100 000 units housing deficit.

Speaking at the occasion, Pohamba described the national housing programme as a comprehensive drive by the Government to address the challenges of housing shortage and backlogs in the country.

“Our Government has put in place policies and programmes to provide affordable housing to our people, especially the low and ultra-low income groups in terms of providing access to land and housing,” he said.

The programme will be implemented in phases. Phase 1, which commenced with the launch today, will run for a period of two years and will primarily target the 14 regional capital centres. 

Pohamba further stated during the first phase, at least 8 800 housing units will be built and 10 200 plots will be serviced at an estimated cost of N$2.7b.

 The implementation of the programme will be up-scaled for the remaining 15 years to ensure approximately 12 000 houses are built per year in different parts of the country. 

The President also stressed this component is aimed at upgrading informal settlements, with the goal of phasing-out shacks from the urban and peri-urban areas.