Cheaper housing in Matutura

SWAKOPMUND

05 November 2018 | Local News

Adolf Kaure

The Swakopmund town council has revised its prices for the construction of 38 houses by Power Onyeno-Namibia in the Matutura Township.

The 31 square metre houses’ prices have been reduced from an initial cost of N$194 187 to N$126 600, while prices of the 40 m² houses declined from N$217 450 to N$158 300.

This comes after a discussion between the town council and Power Onyeno-Namibia on 28 September 2017, where council granted them permission to construct two show houses at extension 6, Mondesa, for the amount of N$194 187 (31 m²) and N$217 450 (40 m²) respectively.

After successfully analyzing the applicants’ income, it transpired that 60% of them would not afford the price range of the two show houses. Power Onyeno-Namibia was requested to review their price structure in order to make it affordable to the majority of the people on the master waiting list.

In a letter to the town council, Power Onyeno-Namibia advised the council that they do not have a bridging loan to build these houses and as such are proposing that the municipality pays progress stages for each unit build (for example the site establishment, foundation stage, floor slab stage, wall plate height, roof structure stage, plumbing and electrical stage, and handover stage).

Due to the town council being faced with limited resources a decision was made to invite local developers to build houses for residents on condition that they have pre-approved loans from the bank.

With the houses set to be constructed soon, permission to allocate erven to various contractors to construct the houses in Matutura will be needed from the ministry of urban and rural development.

Furthermore, the Swakopmund town council will enter into a development agreement for the development and construction of the 38 houses with Power Onyeno-Namibia once approval has been obtained from the ministry of urban and rural development.

Power Onyeno-Namibia has also been authorised to build the houses according to the specifications which are to be determined by the Swakopmund town council. These specifications will exclude Power Onyeno-Namibia’s proposal to install electricity supply through surface mounted conduits.

After Power Onyeno-Namibia submits a development agreement to the town council, the acting CEO, Marco Swartz, is expected to ensure that the other contractors are appointed and start with their projects by January 2019. The engineering services department will be expected to conduct regular inspections during the construction process.

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