Housing for fishing employees
29 November 2020 | Infrastructure
Robert Shimooshili; Cavema Fishing; “The residents will have access to subsidised housing which will be below market levels.”
The ground breaking for the construction of houses, a primary school and clinic by a consortium of fishing companies took place in Walvis Bay earlier this week.
The consortium consists of Cavema Fishing, Rainbow Fishing, Overberg Fishing and Scrombus Fishing.
Robert Shimooshili, deputy chairperson of Cavema Fishing, said that they are aware of the need for affordable housing for their workers and their families.
He said that the lack of housing has created the massive problem of shacks and poor living conditions.
“Our initial objective is to construct 330 housing units to provide affordable accommodation to our employees as well as other residents within the Kuisebmond community. Aside from housing, we want to create a community where basic lifestyle and medical needs are provided for.”
To address these needs, a clinic, pre-primary school and a recreational ground the size of soccer field will be included in the development to support and uplift the community living in and around the area. The majority of these supporting services will be subsidised by the above-mentioned companies.
Shimooshili stated that the entire project will cost an estimated N$65 million.
“The residents will have access to subsidised housing which will be below market levels. They can purchase the units or rent if they wish to do so. The money injected into this project will contribute greatly to the local economy through direct job creation as well as work for local construction companies and other service providers.”
He added that this initiative will pave the way for other players in the industry to follow suit and contribute towards the need for affordable housing in Kuisebmond and Walvis Bay as well as other towns.
The minister of fisheries Dr Albert Kawana who officiated at the ceremony, stated that decent housing for employees of fishing companies is imperative.
“It is commendable to see this consortium taking hands to provide decent housing for their employees. Furthermore, it is gratifying to see that fishing rights holders are complying and delivering on the indicators of the new scorecard even before it is formally adopted.
“We have to invest in better living conditions for our workers and their families if we are to progress as a society. It is important that fishing rights holders understand the responsibility they carry towards our people and our economy.”
The minister challenged the industry to look at ways and means to undertake more housing projects.
The deputy minister of urban and rural development Derek Klazen implored other municipalities to avail land for housing projects.
“When the call comes, make land available. Housing is not only a problem in Walvis Bay but across the entire country.”
Klazen said that the council of Walvis Bay has done a lot with regards to housing.
“We must acknowledge the development that has been done; people have been working hard here in Walvis Bay.”