ELECTION 2019: Housing, urbanisation and urban development
In this series, we look at the manifestos and stances of political parties on certain key issues.
20 November 2019 | Politics
• Do away with all informal areas.
• Build apartments and other affordable housing.
• N$2 billion annually for housing with minimum targets for number of plots serviced and houses built.
• Create a national building society for officials and low-income groups.
• Reform and streamline the National Housing Enterprise (NHE).
• Use affordable, local building materials.
• Strict rent control.
• Support beautification and cleaning of all villages.
• Write off all municipal debt for a “new start”.
• Develop and modernise rural areas.
CONGRESS OF DEMOCRATS (CoD)
• Redistribute urban land so that everyone has a plot.
• One-off grant to everyone to purchase a plot.
LANDLESS PEOPLE'S MOVEMENT (LPM)
• Humane and dignified housing for everyone.
• Invest N$200 million in housing at Aussenkehr and initiate a public-private partnership (PPP) to develop the settlement.
• Accelerate the upgrading of informal settlements.
• Title deeds to all so-called “illegal squatters” within 100 days.
• More flexible occupancy and ownership rights in urban areas.
• Prohibition of excessive house prices and speculation.
• State subsidies to first-time buyers.
• Higher taxes on and expropriation of unused plots.
• Land scheme for food production in urban areas.
• Investments in informal markets to bring goods and services closer to the people.
• Mandatory cleaning campaigns.
NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY (NDP)
• Title deeds to homeowners with state subsidies.
• Rental and home purchase subsidies.
• Home loans limited to 10 years.
• Prohibition on repossession of a home if 50% of the loan has been paid.
NATIONAL UNITY DEMOCRATIC ORGANISATION (NUDO)
• The right to housing is a basic human right that is linked with human dignity.
• A decent home and serviced erven for every Namibian - no shacks.
• Vouchers to purchase building materials.
• Resettlement in urban areas.
• Same facilities for rural and urban areas.
POPULAR DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT (PDM)
• The housing crisis impedes upliftment and health.
• Mass social housing projects for tenants and young workers.
• A home for every family by 2026.
• One Namibian, one plot: An erf for every resident of informal settlements who is over 21 and earns less than N$4 500 per month.
• Innovative housing schemes with private-sector credit and interest relief.
• Home-loan guarantee fund and subsidies for first-time and low-income buyers.
• Urban relocation scheme to quell land hunger.
• Manufacturing projects for youth in all constituencies to tame urbanisation.
RALLY FOR DEMOCRACY AND PROGRESS (RDP)
• Replace all shacks with homes that meet UN standards and new national requirements.
• The housing crisis promotes dehumanisation, crime, social decline, poor hygiene and pollution.
• Unaffordable prices and BEE transactions contribute to problems.
• Free plots for young, emerging families.
• Drastic price cuts.
• Subsidise building materials in urban and rural areas.
• Prohibition on auctions.
• Create a competent housing agency.
• Pay subsidies directly to local authorities instead of government companies such as NHE, NamWater and NamPower.
• New food and water resources in urban and rural areas.
• Address demand for land and housing more urgently and decisively.
• Improve housing provision, especially for the needy and marginalised.
• Over 12 000 homes built over the past five years - invest more than N$250 million over the next five years to build 6 000 homes.
• Systematic improvement of informal settlements using minimum standards, in collaboration with the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia (SDFN) and the private sector.
• Improved coordination at national, regional and local levels.
• Provision of affordable plots and homes through the private sector.
• More affordable financing options by banks.
• Better housing for police officers, teachers and nurses.
• SME development in urban and rural areas.
• Better ICT in rural areas.