Rundu Mass Housing commences after delays

KAISOSI: The Mass Housing project at Rundu has finally kicked-off after experiencing a delay for months due to a land dispute.

The builders were initially expected to be on-site during May this year, but the project’s commencement was delayed because affected residents were demanding compensation from the contractors before giving up their crop fields.

The National Housing Enterprise (NHE) handed over the site for the construction of the houses in February this year already, but work could not commence due to that disagreement.

The houses are being built at the Kaisosi informal settlement’s Extension 10 on the eastern outskirts of Rundu, also the site of residents’ subsistence mahangu crop fields.

The residents earlier claimed that the area earmarked for Mass Housing does not fall under the jurisdiction of the town council, but the town council has since indicated that land stretching for about seven kilometres from the town centre falls under its control.

The NHE appointed the Green Circle Investment Company from Windhoek to construct 318 houses here at a cost of N.dollars 89 million.

Green Circle Investment Company project coordinator Filvester Mieze told Nampa on Thursday that the project is in full swing now.

Work finally started early last month, and will take 20 months to complete as per the contractual agreement.

Mieze said the affected residents have all been compensated, but he was not at liberty to disclose the amounts they had received.

“The project is on schedule, and crops have been removed from the land,” he stated.

The contractor has asked for an extension of 45 days from the NHE to make up for the setback, and is awaiting feedback from them.

Mieze furthermore indicated that 60 houses are expected to be completed by the end of November this year.

Octagon Construction was sub-contracted by Green Circle to service the land, which covers 10 000 square metres.

So far, enough land has been serviced for the construction of 50 houses, and includes the installation of electricity, street lights and water infrastructure as well as the construction of roads.