Informal settlements should eventually be eradicated: Mushelenga

18 Dec 2018 18:40pm
RUNDU, 18 DEC (NAMPA) – In order to address the country’s housing problems, particular attention should be accorded to informal areas, Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Peya Mushelenga has said.
Mushelenga said this on Monday at the handing over of 52 houses at Kaisosi Proper in Rundu constructed by the National Housing Enterprise (NHE).
“Informal sectors should be reduced with the eventual goal of eradicating them and basic services should be provided to all our people in these settlements, as well as decent housing to be provided to all our people at an affordable price,” the minister said.
He emphasised that it becomes an irony to provide housing, yet prospective buyers cannot afford the houses, noting that the mismatch does not solve the problem.
“I therefore re-iterate that the provision of houses below N.dollars 500 000 is what we call affordable housing to low and ultra-low income persons,” Mushelenga said.
Paying a particular attention to Rundu, Mushelenga said Rundu’s population has been on a sharp increase and this places a burden of providing accommodation.
He further mentioned that housing construction provide a facelift to the economy of the town and as a student of macro-economic trends himself, he is aware of how such activities can boost the sustenance of local authorities.
The minister urged the Rundu Town Council and other local authorities to continue with the provision of enough land in order to keep the momentum, and for NHE and other players in the housing sector to bring their share of affordable but decent shelter to Namibians.
At the moment, NHE is busy with housing developments in Oshakati with 200 houses, Omuthiya (50), Okahao (50) and Rundu (123).