NYC calls for increased funding for local authorities

02 Oct 2018 12:30pm
WINDHOEK, 02 OCT (NAMPA) – More capital should be availed by government to local authorities to allow for increased servicing of urban land, Chairperson of the Representative Council of the National Youth Council, Josef Petrus van der Westhuizen recommended on Monday.
Speaking at the second National Land Conference which kicked off here on Monday, Van der Westhuizen said the lack of adequate and affordable urban land and housing places young people at a disadvantage.
“Although they are employed, they are most likely never to own a house should the current trend persist,” he said.
The youth leader emphasised that there is a need for local authorities to partner with young people in order to jointly come up with solutions that can help address the issue of unaffordable urban land.
Van der Westhuizen further advised that financial institutions should be incentivised on granting financial instruments to young people to purchase land.
“Currently financial institutions seem more willing to finance the purchase of movable property, which depreciates instead of immovable properties such as houses which is able to help improve the economic well-being of young people in the long run.”
He stressed that there is a need to come up with measures to address housing shortage afflicting many students at tertiary institutions as most students are forced to rent at exorbitant prices.
“The leaders of now and tomorrow are being set up to live in debt and most likely be affected by ills that have been avoided by the Rent Control Bill, which will ensure affordable accommodation.”
The representative council consists of youth organisations affiliated to the NYC, as well as regional youth forums from all 14 regions countrywide.
Issues to be discussed during the five-day conference include urban land reform; ancestral land rights; willing-seller willing-buyer principle for land acquisition; the national resettlement programme and resettlement criteria.
Over 800 delegates are attending the conference under the theme ‘Towards a comprehensive and sustainable land reform in Namibia.
It ends Friday.