Rental houses to be included in National Mass Housing Development Programme to help low-income earners

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) yesterday, 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 as this will help working mothers work freely, knowing their children are safe.

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.