Residents afforded opportunity to buy homes

UIS

04 February 2019 | Local News

A number of conditions were agreed on with regard to the sale and ownership transfer of houses in Uis after discussions with members of the community.

These houses, which are referred to as “Katatura style houses” by locals, are very old and were among the first constructed at the settlement.

The Erongo regional council (ERC) discussed suggestions on the ownership transfer process of this particular type of houses in Uis and subsequently gave its support for proposals tabled during a discussion between community members and a delegation of council officials.

A submission initially made with conditions regarding the envisioned process was referred back for further consultation with the community in order to compile a report and determine the way forward.

A delegation, consisting of the chairperson and regional councillors of the Arandis and Daures constituencies, as well as other council office bearers, subsequently conducted a consultative meeting in Uis on 25 October.

This meeting formed part of a number of engagements scheduled during a visit to the Duares constituency. Consensus was reached that the ministry of urban and rural development be approached for approval of a special alienation process, and that this would be a prerequisite for all other conditions.

It was also decided that beneficiaries participating in the home ownership transfer process should have stayed in a house for five years and longer.

In addition, it was resolved that pensioners and persons with disabilities inhabiting such homes should pay 10% of the current debt and a transaction fee. All other residents living in these houses will have to pay 30% of the debt and a transaction fees

Beneficiaries will also be afforded two to three years to purchase their homes and settle any debt.

Council also resolved that an alienation process is recommended after every 5 years until the 238 houses are alienated or the settlement becomes a village council, whichever comes first.

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