Outjo shack dwellers to build nearly 70 houses

06 August 2018 | Infrastructure

The governor of Kunene Marius Sheya, this weekend officially launched the servicing of 35 000 square metres of land where 68 houses will be built by members of the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia (SDFN).

The federation's regional facilitator, Sibila Eibes on Saturday told Nampa her group cleared the land and that the servicing of the land started on Saturday.

Eibes said the SDFN's Outjo branch purchased the land in Extension 6 from the Outjo municipality in 2013 for less than N$4 per square metre using member contributions.

The 68 plots will measure between 300 and 470 square metres.

“We will now first dig the trenches where we can lay down water and sewage pipes before the actual construction of our houses starts,” she said.

The Outjo branch was established in 2008 and now has 640 members, the majority of whom are unemployed women aged between 32 and 78.

Eibes said all that is needed to become a member is a total commitment to the activities of the federation, as well as a once-off contribution fee of N$800.

Another member of the federation, Romeo Richter said SDFN members at Outjo will manufacture bricks themselves and use experienced contractors to build the houses.

SDFN technical expert Heinrich Amushila, who was also present on Saturday, told this news agency that the beneficiaries will each receive a one-bedroom house with a lounge, kitchen and bathroom worth N$35 000.

“The designs of their houses also make provision for future extension,” said Amushila.

Outjo mayor, Samuel !Oe-Amseb on his part said the council will avail more land to the federation in the future so members can build decent houses for themselves.

!Oe-Amseb then called on Outjo residents to join the federation to become owners of affordable and decent houses.

NAMPA

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