31 May 2013 06:00
LUDERITZ, 31 MAY (NAMPA) - The construction of 20 houses under the banner of the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia in Luderitz is progressing very well, the town council reported on Thursday.
Luderitz Town?s Public Relations? Officer Shali Akwaanyenga told Nampa in an interview here that 14 houses are currently under construction in the Area 7 informal settlement.
?Seven of these houses have been completed already, and they have now put roofs on the other seven. The only thing remaining for those other seven houses is the plastering and the floors,? he explained.
The construction of the houses started in November 2012, and they are expected to be completed in July this year.
After that completion date, the federation will commence with the second phase of construction, which entails an additional six houses.
The Limbandungila and Work-Together Savings? Group are the entities constructing the houses, under the supervision of the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia.
Each house is worth N.dollars 31 000, and is being built with loans from the federation and the Ministry of Regional, Local Government, Housing and Rural Development (MRLGHRD).
?The council is very happy with the progress of this project. We, therefore, encourage residents, especially from Area 7, to join the federation and to benefit from the housing project,? he urged.
Asked for an update on the progress of the Build-Together Programme and the Low-Cost Housing project at the harbour town, Akwaanyenga said 19 out of 58 houses were completed under the Build-Together Programme in the 2011/2012 financial year.
Another seven houses were constructed halfway under this programme, leaving a total of 32 which have not yet been constructed as planned under the Build-Together Programme.
Two-hundred and nine (209) houses were constructed in the Benguela residential area during the 2012/2013 financial year under the Low-Cost Housing project. Another nine houses are still under construction for this project.
?The aim is to make sure that all these incomplete houses are finalised by August this year so that we can start with the new beneficiaries in the 2013/2014 budget year,? the town?s spokesperson enthused.
He also highlighted a few challenges facing the housing sector at this town, such as the unserviced plots which are currently on offer, but without any buyers expressing an interest to develop them.
?There is also a growing need for the expansion of services in the education and health sectors in our town. This is a challenge because it needs to be matched with the adequate supply of housing, but funding for land-servicing remains a problem,? Akwaanyenga noted.