HOUSING remains a critical challenge in Namibia where demand exceeds supply, leaving a backlog of an estimated 100 000 houses that still need to be provided for homeless people.
The Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Erastus Uutoni during the official handing over of a site at Outapi where the National Housing Enterprise (NHE) intends to build 82 low-cost houses.
Uutoni, however, said that the provision of housing cannot be left to the government alone.
“Government will not be in a position to raise and provide all the resources that are required. Therefore, it should be a collective responsibility of all citizens to building a country they want to see in the future,” he said.
Given the economic downturn in which the country is finding itself, Uutoni applauded the NHE for the efforts to team up with the private sector to deliver 82 housing units at Outapi.
Uutoni urged local authorities to make land available for the construction of houses.
The NHE has so far constructed a total of 422 houses through a partnership with the private sector in Rundu, Omuthiya, Okahao and Oshakati, of which 80 percent of those houses have already been given to their owners.
NHE board chairperson, Sam Shivute, said although they are faced with the massive challenge of providing adequate and affordable serviced urban land, housing and improved sanitation, they must realize that these challenges are not insurmountable.