ONGWEDIVA, Sept. 13 – The Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sophia Shaningwa, has raised concern over the housing shortage currently experienced in the country.
Shaningwa, who was speaking at an information seminar held at Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair, said that the scarcity of available serviced land is pushing up the price of serviced land, while at the same time slowing down the process of housing delivery.
She said that local authority have been selling and continue to sell land which is either serviced or un-serviced to private property developers who makes those properties unaffordable to the many needy.
“Beneficiaries fails to repay loans to Local Authorities that will help with servicing of land, as a result they can’t generate own funds to service land for all in the waiting lists, despite that funds are misused,” said Shaningwa.
According to the Namibia Population and Housing Survey of 2011, the rate of urbanisation in the country stood at 43 percent in 2011 as compared to 28 percent in 1991.
Furthermore, it is estimated that at the current rate of urban population growth, the population of Namibia would be 60 percent urbanized by 2020, and 75 percent urbanized by 2030.
In addition, the 2009/2010 Namibia Household and Income Expenditure Survey revealed that 24 percent of Namibians don’t have access to decent shelter.
Shaningwa added that the Community Land Information Program (CLIP), which has been carried out by the Shack Dwellers Federation estimated that up to 25 percent of people live in informal settlements without security tenure.
Oshana governor Clemens Kashuupulwa said the Harambee Prosperity Plan aims to achieve an output of 26 000 serviced plots and 20 000 houses by the year 2020, through reinforced efforts of both the public and private sector partnership. – Maria Abraham