Land for SDFN

Creating homeowners

22 October 2020 | Local News

Johanna Nembungu; SDFN; “I always thought that I would never be able to own a home…”

Swakopmund • [email protected]


The Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia (SDFN) received land from the Swakopmund municipality to build 31 houses.

Speaking at the handover, Swakopmund mayor Nehemia Salomon, reiterated the importance of dignified housing.

“We recognise the fundamental need of housing for our community members, as it is the basis of a family and cement for a healthy community.”

Erongo regional governor, Neville Andre, emphasised that the houses to be built must comply with local authority criteria.

“People-centered and outcome-oriented development is the only way to approach the various socio-economic challenges our people and country face,” he said.

Johanna Nembungu, a representative of the SDFN said that 67 houses have been built for the federation since inception in Swakopmund in 1996.

No less than 33m² of land is allocated for the construction of a single home.

Nembungu was able to secure land in 1999 and build her own house in 2000.

She is passionate about the work the federation’s work.

“I always thought I would never be able to own a home, but through the federation I am a homeowner. I always tell our members that you can’t just receive. That’s why I keep working with the federation so that I can give to others,” she says.

When Nembungu received her land and subsequently built her home, members of the SDFN qualified for a house once they had saved N$750. These days those hopeful of owning a home must save N$11 000.

“Back then we didn’t pay N$100 or more at a time like today. We used to save with 2 cents, 5 cents or 10 cents at a time,” she says.

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