Polycare makes bid for homes

Will construct 10 000 houses per annum

14 November 2016 | Infrastructure

A new player in the construction industry is confident it can deliver 10 000 homes per year and has caught the attention of many.

A new player in the construction industry is confident it can deliver 10 000 homes per year and has caught the attention of many.

Property developer Polycare, is confident that it can deliver approximately 10 000 houses per annum and used the Invest in Namibia conference as the perfect platform to market their potential game-changer. The company believes the material it uses is of a superior quality and is cheap but the houses are of a high standard adding that they are keen to hit the ground running.
Polycare developer Ramon Gray believes in his product and is punting it as a potential solution to the current housing crisis. “Our material is six times stronger than conventional concrete and we plan to make our concrete here. We have talked to the president, prime minister and minister of urban and rural development about a construction plant. There are other potential partners that have expressed interest.”
He added: “We are in discussions with the relevant line ministry for the construction of a local manufacturing plant. This plant will be the first of its kind in the world.”
Gray believes Polycare can deliver the units anticipated, indicating that it was possible to construct the houses fast. On possible lead-times he said, “It will depend on the number of machines, it is quite possible to build 20 houses a day at a cost of between N$225 000 and N$250 000.”
While Gray confirmed that standard testing had not yet been done locally, he was very confident the cement mixture would meet the requirements of the Namibian Standards Institution, indicating that he was prepared to share the results of Polycare’s stress-standards with the institute.
Added Gray: “We have been talking to a number of bodies with regards to testing on their part.” He indicated that he would travel to the Oshana Region with Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sophia Shaningwa, to test a completed model in actual conditions.
Kavango Block Bricks has in the past made a similar attempt to construct low-cost housing. It however appears that not much progress has been made with the commercialisation of the Kavango Block Brick housing project.
OGONE TLHAGE

Similar News

 

N$1bn Chinese grant for airport road

1 week ago - 13 April 2018 | Infrastructure

The Chinese government will provide N$1.1 billion in financing for the construction of the road leading from Windhoek to Hosea Kutako International Airport.In an exclusive...

Shift focus from housing to tenure

1 week ago - 12 April 2018 | Infrastructure

An urgent reframing on the way the authorities are addressing the issue of housing in order to address informal settlement growth is needed.In a review...

Onus rests on RCC board to avert takeover

1 week ago - 11 April 2018 | Infrastructure

The current board of the Roads Contractor Company will have to prove beyond reasonable doubt that they have a turnaround strategy in place in order...

NHE to construct 50 houses at Okahao

1 week ago - 10 April 2018 | Infrastructure

The National Housing Enterprise (NHE) will construct 50 houses for low- and middle-income groups at Okahao in the Omusati Region.This was announced on Friday at...

China eyes airport upgrade

2 weeks ago - 06 April 2018 | Infrastructure

ELLANIE SMIT Namibia and China are discussing the possibility of Chinese financing for upgrading Windhoek’s Hosea Kutako International Airport.President Hage Geingob briefed China about the...

Rain destroys Kunene road

1 month - 19 March 2018 | Infrastructure

Heavy rain has washed away portions of the Opuwo-Omakange road in the Kunene Region. The Roads Authority this afternoon confirmed that the road was extensively...

Oompangela dhokutunga omagumbo tadhi ndopa

1 month - 15 March 2018 | Infrastructure

Uuyelele mboka owa hololwa molopota ompe, ya landula komapekaapeko omape ngoka ga ningwa. Omapekaaapeko ngoka oga holola kutya otashi tsikile nokukala ondjodhi itayi yi...

Housing misery

1 month - 14 March 2018 | Infrastructure

A new study on housing provision and affordability in Namibia has delivered a scathing indictment of the government's flawed efforts to address the housing crisis...

Residents fume over potholed roads

1 month - 12 March 2018 | Infrastructure

Residents of Oshakati's Ehenye township are complaining about the bad roads they have to endure on a daily basis, which they say are causing damage...

Gobabis leads way in upgrading informal settlement

1 month - 01 March 2018 | Infrastructure

The Gobabis municipality, in partnership with the Shack Dwellers' Federation of Namibia and the Namibia Housing Action Group, has managed to turn the Freedom Square...

Latest News

Unam confers posthumous PhD

1 hour ago | Education

ILENI NANDJATOA University of Namibia lecturer who died last year was honoured with a posthumous doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree during the Unam northern campus’s...

NTTU commands all taxis to...

1 hour ago | Transport

JANA-MARI SMITH Namibia Transport and Taxi Union (NTTU) boss Werner Januarie has urged all Windhoek taxi drivers to join a mass taxi strike on Monday,...

Purpose-eating allocation for trade

1 hour ago | Economics

Ndama Nakashole - There are no funds allocated towards the government’s equipment aid scheme this year, whose aim is to provide production machinery and equipment...

Tsumeb protest disrupts court proceedings

1 hour ago | Justice

CATHERINE SASMANMore than 100 angry protesters at Tsumeb nearly brought the magistrate’s court’s proceedings to a standstill yesterday when they descended on the court demanding...

Nghiwete defiant

1 hour ago | Government

CATHERINE SASMAN The suspended CEO of the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF), Hilya Nghiwete, has demanded through her lawyer...

Africa briefs

1 hour ago | Economics

Mnangagwa says new investment law to open economyZimbabwe is working on a new investment law to open up the economy to foreign investors, President Emmerson...

Rape accused doctor gets N$15...

1 hour ago | Justice

A doctor accused of raping a 20-year-old woman in the Ongwediva area was yesterday granted bail of N$15 000 by the Oshakati Magistrate's Court. ...

Job portal fails

1 hour ago | Government

Only 20% of the 15 569 jobseekers who were registered on the Namibia Integrated Employment Information System (NIEIS) during the 2017/18 financial year found jobs.According...

Hanse-Himarwa on trial next month

1 hour ago | Justice

Education minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa will go on trial on corruption charges at the end of May.Hanse-Himarwa yesterday appeared before the Windhoek High Court, where she...

Load More