1201 mass houses not yet occupied in major towns

16 Jun 2019 20:40pm
WINDHOEK, 14 JUN (NAMPA) – A total of 1201 houses constructed under the government’s Mass Housing Project which was initiated to address the housing crisis in major towns are unoccupied either because they are incomplete, dilapidated, unaffordable or are faulty.
Of this of the figure, 1108 houses are still under construction, while 93 are complete but yet to be occupied.
These figures were provided by the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development (MURD) in the National Assembly.
MURD’s deputy minister, Derek Klaasen was responding to questions by Rally for Democracy and Progress president, Mike Kavekotora on Thursday.
He branded the housing project a “failed political project that was not well thought”, citing the number of unoccupied, dilapidated and expensive houses as his chief reasons.
In his response, Klaasen said 3958 houses have been constructed under the government project so far.
These houses are at different stages, as of that figure, 2819 are complete and ready for occupation.
“The remaining 1139 are still to be completed in terms of construction and are at different stages,” he said.
A further 2819 houses are fully completed and are occupied, statistics show.
Of the 2958 houses that have been so far constructed under the program, 3074 were allocated to beneficiaries.
Allocation refers to the sale or pre-sale of a house before it even constructed or completed.
Occupancy, on the other hand, refers to when a buyer physically takes possession of and moves into the house.
When broken down, for individual towns, the figures indicate that 638 houses in Swakopmund are still under construction and unfit for occupation.
In the capital, 362 houses are yet to be occupied as they are not yet connected bulk service network.
In Opuwo, 24 houses are still under construction, while a single house in Nkurenkuru is yet to be handed to its owner as it was constructed outside the scope of the project.
Otavi has two houses that are awaiting allocation after the sewer connection issue which delayed the process was addressed.
Meanwhile, in Katima Mulilo, the National Housing Enterprise is in the process of allocating 17 complete houses, while two have been allocated with buyers awaiting transfer and bond registration.
In the //Karas Region’s Karasburg, 57 houses are empty as there are no people that can afford them, while 83 are under construction in Keetmanshoop.
“With respect to the affordability challenges experienced, this is related to the broader economic environment currently experienced in the country and we continue to look for buyers who can afford the houses,” he said.
Further, four houses in Rundu could not be occupied as they were damaged by heavy rains.
Additionally, Luderitz (1), Outjo (1), Khorixas (2) and Mariental (3) also have empty houses.
In Henties Bay, only three houses are yet to be occupied due to the cancellation of the sales agreement.
The ministry is committed towards the expedition of the occupation of completed houses, the deputy minister added.