Govt to offer flats for rent: Namoloh

WINDHOEK: The national mass housing development programme will including houses for renting as part of its main goal to be affordable to low income earners.

Minister of housing and local gov Charles Namoloh said during the discussions of the national budget allocation for the 2014/15 financial year in the National Assembly (NA) on Monday, that if there are people who wish to rent their homes, houses flats will be built for them for that purpose.

The programme aims to build houses for people earning less than N.dollars 1 500.

Minister of Gender Equality and Child Wellfare Rosalia Nghidinwa also contributed to the discussions suggesting that instead of mushrooming mass housing suburbs, a suburb should only be reserved for 40 or 50 houses.

She added that every suburb should also include a play ground and a pre-school to lessen the burden over mothers who have to travel long distances to get their children to school.

“This will help working mothers to work freely knowing that their children are safe,” she said.

(edited)WINDHOEK: The national mass housing development programme will include houses for rent as part of its main goal to provide affordable accommodation to low-income earners.

The Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development (RLGHRD), Charles Namoloh said during discussions on the national budget for the 2014/15 financial year in the National Assembly (NA) on Monday, houses and flats will be built and offered for rent.

The programme aims to build different types of houses which will cater for people earning less than N.dollars 1 500 per month.

The Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Rosalia Nghidinwa also contributed to the discussions and suggested that housing suburbs should only be reserved for 40 or 50 houses to avoid the mushrooming of houses in areas.

She added that every suburb should also include a playground and a pre-school. “This will help working mothers work freely, knowing their children are safe,” said Nghidinwa. The MRLGHRD has budgeted more than N.dollars 437 million for the servicing of 10 200 plots as part of the national mass housing development programme.

This is for the construction of affordable houses in 27 towns in all 14 regions of the country during the first phase of the programme.

A total of 50 000 households in the informal settlements will be provided with affordable and quality housing.

The mass housing programme was officially launched by President Hifikepunye Pohamba in November last year.

The N.dollars 45 billion programme plans to build 185 000 affordable houses over a period of 17 years.

The first phase of construction will run from the 2014/15 financial year to the 2015/16 financial year, with 8 850 to be built and 10 200 plots to be serviced.

SOURCE: NAMPA