Unfinished Build Together houses will be repossessed

SWAKOPMUND

13 April 2018 | Infrastructure

Otis Finck - Mass housing beneficiaries with incomplete houses, especially those who are unemployed, will be given 12 months to finish the construction of their homes.

The management committee (MC) of the municipality thus recommended that beneficiaries who fail to comply with this provision should have their properties repossessed and that it be allocated to the next qualifying applicants on the waiting list.

A report tabled to council indicated that there were 63 Swakopmund-based Build Together programme land recipients, with 31 beneficiaries who had not started with the construction process of their homes, 5 owners had the foundations of their homes laid, 7 houses were constructed up to window level, 19 were constructed up to roof level and 1 dwelling had been roofed but was not completed.

The MC stated that it was crucial that a time frame be provided to all beneficiaries to complete their houses, thereby contributing to the realisation of the aims and objectives of the Build Together programme.

The minister of urban and rural development requested local authorities to provide additional loans to beneficiaries with incomplete houses with the formal resumption of the Build Together programme in 2016.

It was however found that the majority of those who had not made any progress with the construction of their houses do not reside on their properties which created the impression that they are not serious about providing shelter for themselves.

The report also states that when the affected people are invited to discuss the challenges they face, they do not show up. At the same time certain beneficiaries who tried to do their best are hampered by challenges beyond their control.

For the time being the community development department will continue engaging unemployed beneficiaries who have not yet completed their houses to find ways and means to assist them to do so.

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