PPP sought for Keetmans housing

14 September 2017 | Infrastructure

In line with cost-cutting in tough economic times, the urban and rural development ministry, along with the Keetmanshoop Municipality, are looking into public-private partnerships to complete 88 houses under the mass housing programme in the town.

The houses in question are in the Krönlein suburb and are part of 287 houses built under the national housing scheme.

In some instances, only building foundations have been laid.

The project was abandoned after the suspension of the programme nationally and the eventual departure of the local contractor at the time.

The line minister, Sophia Shaningwa, halted the entire project in June 2015 because the National Housing Enterprise, which was mandated to implement the project, could not acquire the necessary funds to finance the programme that was meant to build 185 000 houses by 2030. Construction resumed in February last year when money became available.

The Keetmanshoop Municipality will now engage interested private developers to finalise these houses.

Keetmanshoop public relations officer, Dawn Kruger said the main consideration is the affordability of houses for lower income residents.

The rest of the mass houses are in Tseiblaagte Extension 5 and of the total houses, 110 have been handed over to beneficiaries thus far.

Kruger said the costing of the remaining 89 houses has been concluded.

“The houses are in various stages of completion and some have been severely vandalised. We have arrived at a cost of about N$5 million to finish construction,” she said.

The municipality will soon advertise for the services of three contractors who will be assigned houses based on the levels of completion to ensure speedy delivery, Kruger said.

The houses are expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2018. The municipality availed the land and construction is paid for by the ministry.

Kruger said a requirement will be for contractors to appoint around-the-clock security to prevent vandalism of properties until construction is complete.

NAMPA

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