TEN families who have been living in shacks for years received upgraded houses.
The new houses were constructed as part of Phase 1 of the informal settlement upgrading of the affordable housing project that is aimed at building 1 200 housing units by July 2022.
Prime Minister Sara Kuugongelwa -Amadhila handed over keys to the ten families and told them to take care of the new houses and to treat them and cherish these valuable possessions for years to come.
“Namibia and Africa at large face the twin challenges of rapid urbanization and an acute housing shortage, which have been further compounded by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic resulting in an unprecedented pressure on housing supply and urban service delivery as well as contributing to the increase of informal settlements and related developmental challenges,” she said during the ceremony.
Amadhila said that during the past four years, the provision of low-cost housing and delivery of serviced land and sanitation has progressed in line with targets set in the Harambee Prosperity Plan.
The target to deliver 20 000 new low-cost houses achieved at 82 percent, with the delivery of 16 464 houses by March 2020.
These houses were constructed in collaboration with various stakeholders including the Namibian Housing Enterprise, GIPF, the Shack Dwellers Federation, Build Together, and a number of Public-Private Partnerships.
Urban Minister Erastus Uutoni also indicated that the family received ownership certificates. The hand-over was done on-site in Goreangab area.
Deputy Prime Minister, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwa, Windhoek mayor Fransina Kahungu also attended the event.
Peter Schaaf and Ella Scaaf who have been staying at the erf for the past 20 years in a shark are happy to receive their brick house today.
Ella said that she is very happy that she will take her first shower in a very comfortable environment and not in the bucket anymore.