17 Dec 2018 17:50pm
RUNDU, 17 DEC (NAMPA) Minister of Urban and Rural Development Peya Mushelenga on Monday handed over 52 houses built by the National Housing Enterprise (NHE) at Rundus Kaisosi township.
The 52 houses are part of the 123 houses being constructed by NHE with its partners, Salamis Darwen Group on 123 plots serviced by the Rundu Town Council and assigned to the company during the ground-breaking ceremony in February this year.
Mushelenga said the importance of owning a house cannot be understated as it brings a sense of pride and dignity to homeowners, noting that many interventions have been put in place which includes the construction of houses by Government under the Mass Housing Development Programme.
The programme included the servicing of land under the massive urban land servicing project, upgrading of informal settlements, community-driven and settlement upgrading and the decentralised Build Together Programme, said Mushelenga.
These interventions are aimed at addressing the housing backlog in the country, especially for the low and ultra-low income groups, the minister said.
He added that his wish is to see a high number of houses being provided to beneficiaries every year, adding that in order to provide the 5 000 houses per annum as per his performance agreement, the delivery of serviced land by local authorities is key to achieve Governments goal.
The provision of land and housing are two of our critical national development priorities and important vehicles in addressing poverty and inequality, stressed Mushelenga.
Speaking at the same occasion, acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Rundu Town Council, Sikongo Haihambo said it is common knowledge that Namibia is experiencing a housing backlog and Rundu is no exception.
Haihambo said Rundu has experienced growth in population which is higher than the national average and believes that the houses will provide decent shelter to a lot of families in Rundu.
I believe that the houses to be handed over will provide better shelter to many families who at this current moment in time are most probably living in shacks or sharing shelter with families and relatives, said the acting CEO.
The prices of the NHE houses at Rundu range between N.dollars 300 000 and N.dollars 500 000.