Mushelenga hands over houses at Oshakati

16 Dec 2018 14:00pm
OSHAKATI, 16 DEC (NAMPA) – Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Peya Mushelenga on Friday handed over 41 houses built by the National Housing Enterprise (NHE) at Oshakati’s Ekuku township where he demanded expedited delivery of affordable houses.
The 41 houses are part of the houses to be constructed by NHE on 200 plots serviced by the Oshakati Town Council and handed over to the company at Ekuku Extension 6 during the groundbreaking ceremony held in January this year.
Mushelenga used the platform to commend NHE and its partners for initiating the housing development project in the needy township of Ekuku.
“I urge them to extend this initiative and expedite the delivery of decent affordable houses to our people living in informal settlements,” said the minister.
He pointed out that affordable housing has become a daunting challenge in developing countries and Namibia is no exception, especially taking into consideration that the majority of the population is not able to buy a house at the inflated market prices.
“It is therefore important that when Government has created an enabling environment such as this that we have in our country, the private sector joins the quest to house all the Namibians by constructing quality affordable houses,” said Mushelenga.
Implementation of housing projects, he added, is needed for the sake of providing much needed houses and also to positively contribute to the socio-economic development of the country.
Speaking at the same event, Oshakati Mayor, Angelus Iiyambo said his council has held numerous groundbreaking ceremonies for constructions of houses in Oshakati and approximately 820 houses have been completed and occupied in Ekuku, Ehenye and the town’s Extension 16.
“We are also happy to announce that 60 per cent of these houses are about to be completed,” Iiyambo explained, adding that all the houses will be handed over early next year.
The Oshakati Town Council has commenced with the much anticipated project of servicing its Onawa reception area which will consist of 3 000 erven and will cater for low ultra-income earners, of which 300 erven have been allocated to the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia, said Iiyambo.
The prices of the NHE houses to be constructed at Oshakati range between N.dollars 300 000 and N.dollars 600 000.