Another batch of houses handed over

Brick by brick

23 November 2020 | Infrastructure

Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila; Prime Minister; “Government appreciates the partnership with non-state actors in the development of our country.”

Henties Bay • [email protected]

A total of 49 houses were handed over to beneficiaries in Henties Bay by Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila.

The houses were built by the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia (SDFN) with financial support from RMB (through First Rand Foundation), the Pupkewitz Foundation and Ohorongo Cement.

Kuugongelwa-Amadhila thanked the implementing partners as well as the Henties Bay municipality for their contribution towards the realisation of the project.

“Government appreciates the partnership with non-state actors in the development of our country, as
government alone cannot address all the challenges facing us.”

She said that stakeholders need to contribute to address the housing shortage as it requires vast amounts of resources.

At the same occasion, a ground breaking ceremony took place to symbolise the construction of another 41 low income houses through government funding.

“This project is a milestone in government’s quest to provide affordable and decent shelter to our people,” the prime minister said.

Namibia continues to face challenges of limited access to housing for, especially for low-income groups along with a backlog in serviced land.

“Many of our people cannot afford conventional home loan facilities offered by financial institutions and free hold land. Government has thus put in place a support model such as flexible land tenure to facilitate accessibility to land and decent shelter,” Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said.

In an effort provide a solution that will alleviate residential land and housing problems, the flexible land tenure system is being rolled out in different towns.

The prime minister called on the private sector, especially the real estate industry and the banking sector, to develop affordable housing models and financing products that meet the needs of the low-income groups, especially those who will be given land through the flexible land tenure system.

Furthermore, she urged local authorities, who have jurisdiction over urban land, to make serviced land available for the construction of affordable houses.

“We would like to thank government for availing funds to the federation to enable us to construct houses. We further thank town council for the allocation of land,” SDFN member Patricius Tjiveze said.

The SDFN is a network of savings groups in Namibia organised in more than 800 groups with over 27 000 members countrywide. In the Erongo region, SDFN consists of 198 groups with more 6 260 members who have saved over N$700 000 in the last six months.

In total, SDFN has constructed 652 houses in the Erongo region. SDFN started in Henties Bay in 2012 with four groups increasing to 12 to date.

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