PRESIDENT Hage Geingob said that the government is making efforts to empower residents of informal settlements to occupy land without fear of eviction by providing affordable and upgradable land tenure options.
Geingob said this during his ninth State of the Nation Address (SONA), where he explained that the Flexible Land Tenure System (FLTS) is being implemented to provide affordable security of tenure to inhabitants in informal settlements. This, he explained, is being done through the creation of cheaper and alternative land tenure options, which can be upgraded to Freehold titles.
“These upgradeable titles provide security for persons who live in informal settlements, empowering them to hold and occupy land without fear of being evicted and enabling them to access credit for investment and development purposes,” the president said.
Besides this, Geingob added, the government also intends to upgrade settlements in Oranjemund, Kamanjab, Outjo, Gochas, Maltahöhe, Walvis Bay, Ongwediva, Katima Mulilo, Tsumeb and Grootfontein.
Geingob also revealed that the government has made significant progress during the last year with regards to the delivery of housing. These achievements, he revealed, includes the proclamation of 21 townships and the construction of 528 housing units from April 2022 to date.