OKAHAO, 07 APR – Minister of Urban and Rural Development Peya Mushelenga has asked the National Housing Enterprise (NHE) and other developers to provide houses of not more than N.dollars 500 000 each.
Mushelenga made the request while officiating at a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of 50 new houses for middle-income earners by NHE and its partners at Okahao in the Omusati Region on Friday.
“The majority of people in Namibia are from the low-income group and public and private developers should endeavour to provide affordable houses for them,” said Mushelenga.
He further encouraged the private sector to join the quest to house all Namibians by constructing quality and affordable houses, as Government has created an enabling environment for them to help reduce the housing backlog.
Speaking at the same occasion, Okahao Mayor Immanuel Amutenya indicated that his council and NHE are committed to providing affordable, quality housing to residents.
Amutenya pointed out that his council provided serviced land to NHE and they have already constructed 75 houses on this land. Twenty-five of the houses were constructed under NHE’s normal housing programme and the rest under the national mass housing programme.
He went on to say the council’s waiting list for land applications for the construction of houses currently stands at more than 1 000, and this figure increases every day.
NHE is to construct the 50 houses under a public-private partnership with Pupkewitz Megabuild, Lithon and Tete JV at the cost of N.dollars 20 million.
Construction of the houses starts in two weeks’ time and is set to be completed within six months.