Close to 40 houses nearing completion in Aroab

01 Aug 2013 07:40
AROAB, 01 AUG (NAMPA) – The Aroab Village Council in the Karas Region is about to complete 39 houses in the Oosterheim Number Two residential area under the government’s Social Housing Programme.
The construction of the one-bedroom houses with a kitchen and living room started in October last year, and cost Government N.dollars 2.2 million.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Aroab Village Council Elsa Laubscher on Wednesday said the fences, windows and electricity boxes are currently being added, and the houses will be handed over to the owners in October this year.
“Our aim is to remove people from the Hochland Park informal settlement and give them decent houses,” she said.
The CEO, however, warned that council will not allow family and friends of such beneficiaries to construct shacks behind their houses.
“People sometimes have a tendency of allowing their sons, daughters and friends to erect shacks behind their brick houses because they do not want to stay away from them, but council does not want that,” said Laubscher.
She further said Government availed N.dollars 6 million for the servicing of more erven on which Build-Together programme houses will be build towards the end of this year.
The money is only for the servicing of land, and council still has to request the Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development (MRLGHRD) for more money to construct houses.
“We plan to service 60 erven, and after that people can apply for loans and then we can start building the houses,” Laubscher told this news agency.