- General News
- Published Date
- Clemencia Jacobs
- Hits: 544
The shortage of housing in the Erongo region remains a challenge and an emergency plan is needed to address the situation, Cleophas Mutjavikua, governor of that region said.
In his annual address to the private sector recently, Mutjavikua said the plan must be aimed at building at least 1000 homes and servicing 3000 plots for 2013.
He added that such a plan would demand innovation from local authorities in terms of land delivery and low cost housing construction, and that all stakeholders must work together to provide housing to the poor.
“At the regional authority level, we pass the buck to the local authority. The local authority will conveniently say “we don’t have money to service the land and central government should intervene in this expensive venture.” Employers will say that their aim is to make maxim in profit and housing provision is not their competency. The employees will just put a ‘pondok’ up and claim that they don’t have housing allowance and so has no other alternative.
“It seems there is a need for divine intervention, rather than to defy the traditional way of land servicing and to find new horizons for mass housing construction,” said Mutjavikua.
The regional council initiated a low cost housing project in order to address the shortage.
The mayor of Swakopmund, Rosina //Hoabes, also urged residents who applied for housing through the Build Together Programme, to be patient.
“Yes, it is true that there is a master list with individual names which normally is forwarded to the Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development for loan approval when money is available. This list has been doing its rounds in the community and they have been misinforming each other by saying that the names on the list are off the people whose loans have been approved.
This is not the case. No loans have been approved as yet. So, please we would like the community to understand this and if they are not clear they should please come in and talk to the [municipal] officials for clarity,” said //Hoabes.
Last year, the Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development reported that there is a backlog of an estimated 92 000 houses since independence.
According to a report released by the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) the National Housing Enterprise (NHE) has never met its target of 1 200 houses per year. The NHE has been delivering an average of 253 houses per annum between 2003 and 2011, the report indicated.
Housing and sanitation was allocated a total of N$4.1 billion over the Medium Term Expenditure Framework.
- Articles In This Category
- Pensioners smile as inflation drops (625 hits)General NewsThere was good news this week for cash flush companies, pensioners and other fixed income investors as Namibia experienced positive real interest...Inside track on BRICS future (47 hits)General NewsThe fifth BRICS summit was held in Durban, South Africa, last week. I attended the session as part of the Old Mutual business delegation and wish to...Professionals less confident (300 hits)General NewsConfidence among Namibia’s graduate professionals recorded a slight decline in the third quarter of the year, according to the results of the...Team Namibia vital for Vision 2030 (832 hits)General NewsPrime Minister Nahas Angula this week said that the support of local suppliers will play an integral part in attaining Vision 2030. Speaking at the...Netman in Otjinene (315 hits)General NewsIn an effort to take ICT development to rural areas, MTC last week commissioned its first Netman Centre in the remote settlement of Otjinene in the...Alternative medicine on firm footing (266 hits)General NewsDr. Penehafo Shindume and Dr. Petrina Auino opened a new naturopathy practice, Nature’s Way, in April this year after many years of study and...Trustco apologises for game show error (645 hits)General NewsA total of 335 participants of Winna Mariba who were not entitled to prizes, received incorrect messages informing them that they had won cash...Walvis offers more than fish (470 hits)General NewsAlthough Walvis Bay ended fifth in the recent “Dorp van die Jaar” competition hosted by South African newspaper Rapport and KykNet programme,...Retail union wants minimum wages (587 hits)General NewsThe lack of minimum wages for employees in the retail sector remains a huge challenge for the Namibia Wholesale & Retail Workers Union (NWRWU),...EPIA amazed by brewing plant (617 hits)General NewsChristian Muller, Brew Master of Namibia Breweries Ltd explaining the new upgrades and latest extensions of the brewing plant to the EPIA...
- Latest Articles
- HeadlinesThe Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) last weekend celebrated its second birthday with a glamorous ball at Country Club...State of grazing critical (39 hits)HeadlinesA comprehensive inter-agency Emergency Food Security Assessment conducted throughout the country revealed that poor grazing conditions are...Power cuts coming (38 hits)HeadlinesPower utility, NamPower has warned of the possibility of load shedding this winter after main supplier, Eskom refused to give the country a guarantee...Editors DeskIt is somewhat baffling to find a foreign investor so eager to enter the local scene, it embarks on a social investment programme less than a month...WeatherWhat happened? The departure from one pattern to a more favourable one is now an established feature on our synoptic charts for both the surface and...