8 Block Development kicks off

Affordable housing

27 January 2021 | Infrastructure

Neville Andre; Erongo governor; “… this project will also create much needed employment ...”

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Erongo governor Neville Andre officiated the ground breaking ceremony of the 8 Block Development Project in Swakopmund recently, saying the importance of the project cannot be understated as housing remains a critical area.

“A total of 1300 erven are expected to be made available from this project,” he said. “Upon completion, council will receive approximately 39% (513) of the serviced erven from developers. This project does not only cater for those who need homes, but it will also create much needed employment. This will in turn contribute towards the stimulation and growth of our local and regional economy.”

The governor commended the municipality for recognising and aligning itself with national priorities by ensuring the provision of decent shelter for residents.

“The provision of decent shelter remains high on council’s priority list. Over the years, council has invested in various projects such as housing, the provision of streetlighting and sanitation services in informal settlements.”

Expediting delivery

The 8 Block Development is one of these strategic goals aimed at expediting the delivery of serviced land and housing at affordable prices to community members.

Under the project, developers will bear the responsibility of financing as well as the installation of services to eight townships. They will also construct the houses with council providing unserviced and undeveloped land for this purpose.

Andre emphasised that government promotes public private partnerships and the crucial role it plays in development through smart partnerships.

Council signed joint venture agreements with four contractors and the servicing of the land is expected to commence shortly.

The servicing of 271 erven heralded the start of the 8 Block Development project. To this effect Tapeya Investment Holdings will service 102 erven in Extension 3, Ghetto Assistance Centre will service 16 erven in Extension 4, Gheron Building Construction will service 71 erven in Extension 38, and Quintessential Trading and Consultancy will service 82 erven in Matatura Proper.

Planning

Swakopmund mayor Louisa Kativa said that housing development is not only about erven, roads and utilities infrastructure.

“It is about planning for the people that occupy the area. Successful, efficient communities are not built overnight and do not happen by chance. They are the result of a clear vision and careful planning.”

She assured community members that council is committed to supporting this process by providing access to land and technical assistance to private entities and the community at large.

Kativa hailed the ground breaking ceremony of the 8 Block Development Project as yet another milestone.

She added that Council in 2018 already approved and allocated unserviced land for development to eight private developers in its plight to address the increasing need for housing.

“The eight private developers will ensure the delivery of serviced land and affordable housing for residents of Swakopmund. I urge the contractors to ensure that we continue to work as a team, deliver quality service to the residents, and to consider our local residents for employment for the construction of the houses.”

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