Housing high on the agenda in Erongo

The delivery of housing and land has been prioritised by the Erongo governor.

17 August 2020 | Infrastructure

ADOLF KAURE

SWAKOPMUND



Erongo governor Neville Andre has announced that Farm 37 will be ready for occupation by October.

“People living in backyard shacks, residents of Otweya informal settlement and other densely populated areas will soon be moved to the new Otweya site and Farm 37.

“The decision to establish a new township has been ratified by the Walvis Bay town council,” Andre said in his first State of the Region Address (Sora). Farm 37 is 3 000m² in size and will yield an estimated 30 000 erven.

He added that the Walvis Bay municipality serviced land in Extensions 5, 6 and 7 of Kuisebmond during the 2019/2020 financial year.

Landless persons in Narraville are also set to benefit with land serviced in Extension 7 of the township.

In total, 894 houses were constructed in Walvis Bay and were handed over for occupation, while 100 serviced erven were allocated to the Shack Dwellers Federation during the period under review.

“The medium to long-term strategy is to provide housing for ultra-low, low- and medium-income residents of Walvis Bay,” Andre said.



Arandis

The governor said the Arandis town council received capital project funding amounting to N$8 million from the ministry of urban and rural development for the 2019/2020 financial year.

The funds were allocated to the servicing of 62 commercial erven in Extension 2 of the town as well as 29 light industrial erven in the Arandis Logistics Hub area.

“The remainder of the funds were utilised for the cadastral and topographic surveying of the Arandis Logistics Hub,” the governor said.



Henties Bay, Usakos

The construction of sewer and water reticulation networks were executed in Henties Bay to deliver 332 erven upon completion. The process is now 80% complete, while the provision of the electrical works for the site stands at 35% complete. Meanwhile, in Usakos, 60 erven were serviced in the Hakhaseb and Erongosig townships at a cost of N$2 million.

The municipality of Usakos also signed two housing development partnership contracts for about 400 housing units worth N$30 million.The construction of these houses will be implemented over the next two years.



Karibib

Karibib town council is currently in the process of servicing the first phase of the Karibib informal settlement by installing bulk infrastructure of water. This initiative, executed in conjunction with the Namibian Housing Action Group, will benefit over 700 households.

The council also completed the layout plan for one of two other townships. This will benefit over 200 residents. The layout plan for the remaining township, known as Old Location, will be completed within the new financial year.

Through a partnership with Development Workshop Namibia, a European non-governmental organisation, the council is also servicing 28 erven for social housing.



Omaruru

Furthermore, the Omaruru town council is currently constructing sewerage infrastructure for Extensions 3 and 5 at the Ozondje informal settlement.

“The project is 40% complete, with a total budget of N$2.7 million. Extension 5 has 272 erven while Extension 3 has 260 erven,” the governor said.

An elevated water tank, with 130m³ capacity, was supplied and installed at an estimated cost of N$1.76 million.

The project has reached the halfway point.

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