Decongestion strategy takes shape

The decongestion strategy also seeks to provide housing to generations of people who are living in their parents’ backyards for years.

14 August 2020 | Local News

ADOLF KAURE



SWAKOPMUND

The CEO of Swakopmund, Alfeus Benjamin, has announced measures to implement the town’s decongestion strategy.

Speaking at the town’s weekly Covid-19 media briefing, Benjamin said the main purpose of the strategy was to accelerate the provision of serviced land and housing for people who live in shacks in Mondesa, Matutura, Tamariskia and the Democratic Resettlement Community (DRC) informal settlement.

“The decongestion strategy also seeks to provide housing to generations of people who are living in their parents’ backyards for years,” said Benjamin.

Mondesa

In Mondesa, the construction of 119 flats at Mondesa Heights has been completed with 250 houses set to be constructed there.

The servicing of extensions 31, 161 and 162 in the DRC informal settlement is set to start.

This will include 500 people moving from Extension 31 to extensions 161, 162 and 163.

“These 500 people will be resettled on individual erven,” Benjamin said.

Eight water standpipes will be installed for the 500 people, while an electricity application has been made to Erongo RED.

A further 149 Namibia Housing Enterprise (NHE) Build Together houses were earmarked for Swakopmund residents. Forty of these houses are in the construction phase, while 48 houses are to be awarded to construction companies during August.

Through the Afrina phase, the municipality of Swakopmund approved the allocation of a further 133 houses. Of these houses, 108 have been allocated, while 24 have been processed.

An agreement has been signed with the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia (SDFN) for three blocks of land to be allocated for the development of low-cost housing. The land is 15 000 square metres in size.

The 40/40 Housing Project also aims to construct 1 500 houses for identified beneficiaries on the municipal housing list.

In recent months, there have been several shack fires at Swakopmund. With the allocation of these houses and land, the decongestion strategy of the Swakopmund municipality could be the lasting solution for shack fires.

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