Narraville shack dwellers on a roll

A group of shack dwellers ­received training to ­manufacture bricks for the construction of their homes.

04 August 2019 | Local News

Francisco Maree; SDFN Narraville; “To date no houses have been constructed in Narraville due to the earthworks that we need to complete.”

Narraville • Otis Finck



Ohorongo Cement stayed true to a promise and provided the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia group in Narraville with a container to store cement and other building materials.

The company also offered brickmaking training to 26 members last Monday.

Ohorongo launched the first ever Brickmaking Academy training in 2017 at no cost to trainees in all 14 regions of the country. To date, more than 300 people have been learned how to manufacture bricks correctly.

“Input determines output, so you have to ensure you use the highest quality materials when you want to build your house,” said Martha Mwatile, a civil engineer and concrete specialist at Ohorongo Cement.

Brickmaking Academy technical advisor Jurgens Nel challenged the beneficiaries to transfer their new skills and knowledge to others.



Slowly but surely

The SDFN Narraville group obtained permission from the Walvis Bay municipality to establish a campsite on portion 16 in extension 1 where the group intends to develop 68 erven to construct homes for its members.

Erongo RED will install electricity supply to the site at a cost of N$56 818 for the group to operate a brickmaking machine. The group has to open a new account with Erongo RED and pay for electricity consumption.

Conselect Engineering is preparing a tender document to invited tenders for the provision of services and the group will decide which tenderer will be awarded the contract.

Francisco Maree, chairperson of the SDFN Narraville group, said the group received 24 445 m² of land in Narraville Portion 16 of Farm 23 on 16 December 2009. “We received it at a low cost and with the conditions that we service it ourselves.”

Members started cleaning and filling up the land with shovels.

“This task proved close to impossible because of the demographics of the area. Most of the 68 beneficiaries are pensioners and some are disabled. Thankfully the municipality and private sector assisted us.”

Members save from as little as N$5 weekly and qualify for a N$45 000 loan from the federation, of which they pay an advance of 5% over a period of 11 to 20 years, to construct a one-bedroom house.

The group decided to start making bricks while busy with the earthworks.

“That allows us to extend the construction to a two-room dwelling. A brickmaking machine was provided by the Erongo governor.

Maree said the organisation in Narraville had grown from 68 to 790 members, and is still growing due to the huge shortage of housing in this community.”

Since 1999, 248 houses were constructed in five phases by SDFN members in the Kuisebmond area. To date no houses have been constructed in Narraville due to the earthworks that need to be completed.

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