Governor calls on developers to construct housing units that are affordable for their targeted customers if they are to gain returns from them

OUTAPI: Omusati regional governor Erginus Endjala has called on developers to construct housing units that are affordable for their targeted customers if they are to gain returns from them.

Speaking at the launch of Camelthorn Business Venture Limited’s show house project at Outapi in the Omusati Region on Thursday, Endjala said developers should first to do research to determine if the houses they want to construct can be afforded by the targeted community.

He said developers will not get any clients if the houses they build are expensive, as is the case with the houses constructed under the Mass Housing Project.

Although Namibia has a backlog of 100 000 houses, Endjala indicated that some Mass Housing Project houses are unoccupied due to the fact that the majority of the people who were supposed to occupy the houses are unable to afford the expensive housing units.

The governor noted that a person will be worse off if a large chunk of his salary is used up to pay for a housing loan, leaving them with no money for other necessities such as food.

Camelthorn is a business venture owned by Italian nationals. It is planning on initially constructing 347 housing units at Outapi, following the launch of its first show house by Endjala at the town on Thursday.

Outapi Mayor Matheus Ndeshitila noted that Camelthorn will eventually build 900 houses the town.