Dire need for affordable housing in Walvis Bay and Namibia has forced Walvis Bay Municipality to allocate a large chunk of its 2014-15 budget to land development

WALVIS BAY: The dire need for affordable housing in Walvis Bay and Namibia at large, has forced the Walvis Bay Municipality to allocate a large chunk of its 2014/15 budget to land development.

The 2011 Population and Housing Census statistics indicate that 31.5 per cent of the residents in Walvis live in shacks, while 43 per cent live in brick houses.

During the tabling of the municipality’s capital and operational budget of N.dollars 248 million in the council chambers on Thursday, councillors decided that N.dollars 134 million should go towards land development projects to address the need for housing.

This money will cater for the creation of about 2 335 erven across all suburbs in this harbour town.

Approving the budget, Walvis Bay Mayor Uilika Nambahu stated that the serious need for decent houses and the loss of lives and properties due to shack fires at the town, necessitated the need for more land development.

She said the lion’s share of the budget is allocated to land development projects to mitigate the huge demand for affordable housing, as they have seen to our greatest dissatisfaction how people’s lives and properties are lost due to shack fires.

Two shack fires in Kuisebmund earlier this month destroyed 20 structures, leaving over 100 people homeless.

The 49-year-old Laimi Iyambo, a resident of Kuisebmund residential area of Walvis Bay, burned to death in one of those shack fires.

SOURCE: NAMPA