Phase One of mass housing project underway

WINDHOEK: As part of the Mass housing Development Programme, the Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development (RLGHRD) has budgeted more than N.dollars 437 million for the servicing of 10 200 plots.

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

More than N.dollars 261 million was allocated to other places which are not part of the first phase of the mass housing programme.

Minister of RLGHRD Charles Namoloh said that this is to ensure that there are enough plots to construct houses when the second phase is rolled out unlike in the past where fund for construction were not enough for servicing plots.

He added that the transformation of five single quarters in Grootfontein, Gobabis, Luderitz, Omaruru and Otavi is an on-going process.

“We have budgeted N.dollars 16 million for this exercise and this money is mainly earmarked for the relocation exercise,” he said.

The National Mass housing development Programme was officially launched by President Hifikepunye Pohamba in November last year.

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

“Servicing of plots will be at an average cost of N.dollars 75 000 and a housing unit is estimated to cost N.dollars 280 000,” Namoloh said.

He noted that there are different types of houses which will also cater for income earners, earning below N.dollars 1, 500.

Namoloh also said that a total of 50 000 households in the informal settlements will be provided with affordable and quality housing.

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.

“Contractors have been appointed for the construction of houses and the process of construction has commenced,” Namoloh said.

(edited)WINDHOEK: The Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development (RLGHRD) 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.

Regional and Local Government Minister Charles Namoloh said in the National Assembly on Tuesday that this is to ensure that there are enough plots to construct houses when the second phase of the mass housing project is rolled out.

He added that the transformation of five Single Quarters in Grootfontein, Gobabis, Luderitz, Omaruru and Otavi is an ongoing process.

“We have budgeted N.dollars 16 million for this exercise, and this money is mainly earmarked for the relocation exercise,” he said.

Namoloh noted that servicing of plots will be at an average cost of N.dollars 75 000, and a housing unit is estimated to cost N.dollars 280 000.

Different types of houses will cater for people earning below N.dollars 1 500.

Namoloh also said that a total of 50 000 households in the informal settlements will be provided with affordable and quality housing.

“Contractors have been appointed for the construction of houses and the process of construction has commenced,” said the minister.

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