Increasing number of shacks and shebeens irks Namoloh

10 May 2014 13:10pm
GROOTFONTEIN, 10 MAY (NAMPA) – The increasing number of shacks as an option for housing in Namibia is a critical concern for the Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development, Charles Namoloh.
Namoloh said during a ground-breaking ceremony for the servicing of land and construction of 460 houses at Grootfontein in the Otjozondjupa Region on Friday that he does not want to see Namibia become a land of shacks and shebeens.
According to Namoloh shacks, shebeens and cuca shops are on the increase all over the country.
“Namibia is the Land of the Brave, we don’t want to be called the land of shacks and shebeens,” he stated.
He urged Namibians to look into other ways to make a living instead of just constructing shebeens and cuca shops.
The minister went on to say the problem needs major intervention by Government and the local business community.
He added that the property development sector would need to be provided with adequate incentives and support to help them expand the nation’s infrastructure, creating employment in the process.
“I am hopeful that projects like this one will effectively help Government’s efforts in eradicating the significant number of informal settlements in various areas in Grootfontein and Namibia at large,” said Namoloh.
He then urged other private companies to emulate the example of Tulaing Trading CC, which is the company which has been contracted to service the 73 hectare piece of land in Grootfontein. The project is a private deal between the Grootfontein Town Council and Tulaing Trading, a Windhoek-based company which focuses on property development.
Grootfontein Mayor Emma Taukuheke at the same event explained how the company's appointment came about.
“At a stakeholders’ meeting in 2013, I urged business people who were present to assist us with servicing the land earmarked for residential purposes,” said Taukuheke.
The council at the meeting promised to donate a portion of the land that needs to be serviced to a businessperson who is willing to assist.
Taukuheke said the owner of Tulaing Trading, Josef Andreas then presented his business plan on how he could service the donated land and also construct houses on it to the town council.
Andreas’ presentation impressed the councillors as he indicated that he was prepared to service the land at his own cost and build two to three-bedroom houses based on the requests of clients.
Meanwhile, Andreas on his part said his company will start by clearing the land which has been earmarked for the development of 460 erven.
The piece of land is situated between Kalenga Primary School and the Grootfontein Military Base.
The Grootfontein Town Council is expected to benefit from the project once it is completed through the management of monthly rates and taxes.
Andrea said Tulaing Trading will provide the funds for the servicing of the land.
“We will start to bring water and sewage pipelines here, streets will be created, and we will be installing street lights in November this year,” he said, adding that the actual building of houses will commence in March 2015.
A two-bedroom house will be sold for N.dollars 550 000 excluding transfer charges, he noted. Otjozondjupa Regional Governor, Samuel Nuuyoma and Okahandja Constituency Councillor Steve Biko Booys were also present at the event.