RESIDENTS of the Twaloloka informal settlement have started with a project to build their own permanent homes on the site where their shacks were destroyed by fire almost three months ago.
The Minister of Labour, Industrial Relation, and Employment Creation, Uutoni Nujoma was joined by his deputy, Hafeni Ndemula, the Deputy Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Derek Klazen, the Governor of the Erongo Region, Neville Andre, and the Mayor of Walvis Bay, Imannuel Wilfried on a visit to the site where the residents were digging the foundation trenches of their own homes.
Nujoma said it is heartwarming to see that the fire victims have taken charge of their own destiny.
“With the assistance of the Namibian Government new homes will be built for all the victims of the disaster that destroyed the homes of so many,” he said.
Nujoma congratulated the people that will benefit from the first phase of the project and said their willingness to build their own homes will go a long way to alleviate the housing shortage in Namibia.
Nujoma referred to a statement by President Hage Geingob where he declared the shortage of decent housing for all Namibians a national crisis and said if every beneficiary is willing to do the work then the shortage will be a thing of the past soon.
The Erongo Regional Governor, Neville Andre said the visit by the minister and the deputy ministers was just to verify if the project has started.
“At the start of last week we gathered here for the official groundbreaking ceremony, but certain modalities still had to be finalised before the actual work could start. It is good to see that the digging of foundation tranches has already started,” he said.
Andre indicated that the homes the residents of Otweya will build with normal building materials will be completed within three weeks.
“The Shack Dwellers Federation was brought on board to assist the beneficiaries with the construction of their own homes to expedite the process. The federation has a lot of experience and support from the community which means their target of finishing the houses in 20 days is attainable,” Andre said.
The Governor informed the visiting ministers that the new houses will consist of two rooms, a small kitchenette and an inside toilet which will allow the future residents to live in dignity.