27 Sep 2018 19:00pm
BERSEBA, 27 SEP (NAMPA) Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila on Wednesday handed over 13 houses in Berseba to residents whose houses were destroyed during a storm in February last year.
The two-bedroom houses were constructed at a cost of N.dollars 760 000 by the Directorate of Disaster Risk Management in the Office the Prime Minister, government and private agencies.
Twenty-two houses were completely destroyed by the storm in February last year. The other nine were constructed through the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia and handed over to the residents in June this year.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said progress has been made in addressing challenges of housing and land provision over the past few years through projects such as the Mass Housing and land servicing initiative.
She added that low and lower middle income earners in Namibia are hardest hit by the housing shortage and are thus the targets for housing programmes promoted by Government.
These groups are hardly able to meet the financing requirements of private financial institutions due to their level of income, she noted.
The low cost housing programme of Government aims to facilitate access to housing for low income earners at a reduced cost, but not reduced standards and quality.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said Government will continue to explore mechanisms for innovative technologies within the construction industry with a potential of lowering costs, thus providing affordable housing options to the low-income earners.
This includes the use of public-private partnerships to search for urban design concepts that aim to create different housing options to cater for the different needs of the different categories of target groups, she said.
Speaking to Nampa one of the beneficiaries, Elizabeth Esterhuizen, thanked Government for what it has done for her and her family.
I am really thankful, I now even have a flush toilet, she said.