Mariental houses handed over

28 Mass Housing beneficiaries receive homes

16 December 2016 | Infrastructure

The government has committed itself to providing housing that is not only decent, but also affordable.
This was said by the minister of urban and rural development, Sophia Shaningwa, in a speech read on her behalf at Mariental during the handover of 28 houses built under the national Mass Housing Development Programme.
She said the cabinet had decided that houses earmarked for low-income groups should be sold for less than the cost of construction.
“This is a commendable and praise-worthy gesture from our government that was made to ensure that the houses are affordable for our people, especially the low-income earners,” Shaningwa said.
She said the government recognised that a large number of people earned less than N$2 700 and could not afford the houses built under the current Mass Housing phase.
“I want to ensure these fellow Namibians that we will continue to work tirelessly to also attend to their need in the next phase of the programme and through other government-supported housing initiatives such as the Build Together Programme and the Shack Dwellers Federation.”
Shaningwa said her ministry had undertaken to deliver 5 000 new houses and at least 6 500 new residential plots per year under the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP).
“In this regard, I call upon all local authorities to prepare themselves, as after the disposal of houses constructed under the Mass Housing Programme Phase 1 is completed, we will engage in Phase 2 of the programme.”
Mariental housing beneficiary Anton Isaacks expressed thanks on behalf of all the beneficiaries.
“It was a long struggle, but in the end we got our houses,” he said.
NAMPA

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