23 Feb 2014 10:40am
WINDHOEK, 22 FEB (NAMPA) Twenty-five companies have been awarded tenders to construct houses and upgrade informal settlements in 38 local authorities during the first phase of the Mass Housing Development Programme.
Four of the companies are South African construction companies, which will be required to surrender 30 per cent of the contracts value to local companies, the National Housing Enterprise (NHE)'s Chief Executive Officer Vinson Hailulu said at a media briefing on Friday.
These companies are Seven Sirs Group which was contracted to build 1 595 houses in Walvis Bay at an average cost of N.dollars 441 million; Power-Oyeno (2 034 houses in Swakopmund at an average cost of N.dollars 583,2 million); Calgrow M3 (1 191 houses in Windhoek at an average cost of N.dollars 345,3 million); and Delta Group Holdings (400 houses in Swakopmund at a cost of N.dollars 91.6 million).
In addition, two Namibian companies - Greencycle and NCCS - were contracted to service land in Rundu and Oshakati at a total cost of N.dollars 42,8 million.
Hailulu explained that the first phase of the programme is to be implemented during the first two financial years - 2014/15 and 2015/16 - and constitutes the construction of 10 058 housing units, servicing of 6 457 plots, and upgrading of four informal settlement areas.
The four informal settlements to be upgraded at a cost of N.dollars 2,9 billion consists of 1 227 properties in Keetmanshoop, Windhoek, Okahandja and Swakopmund.
Hailulu further said houses will be constructed under this programme to benefit people who are on the NHE waiting lists.
The types of houses to be built include credit-linked housing, rental accommodation, social housing, and detached or semi-detached housing, sectional titles and high rises.
I would like to encourage people who fall within the mid-to low-income categories to register themselves at NHE offices and local authority offices to be considered for entry onto the waiting lists, he said.
The National Mass Housing Development Programme was launched by President Hifikepunye Pohamba in the capital in November last year.
The programme aims to build at least 185 000 affordable houses by the year 2030.
It will be implemented in phases, and is projected to cost N.dollars 45 billion.
The first phase will cost an estimated N.dollars 2,7 billion.