Klazen hands over Shack Dweller houses at HelaoNafidi

Deputy Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Derek Klazen on Friday handed over 10 housing units built for the first time at the HelaoNafidi Town by the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia.

The federation constructed the units, of one bedroom, kitchen and toilet each, to the tune of N.dollars 34 000 through the Buy-a-Brick Initiative.

This initiative is the brainchild of Standard Bank Namibia, mobilising resources from various partners and individuals with the aim to address the plight of ultra-to-low-income Namibians.

Oshana Security, Standard Bank Oshakati Branch and the Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) also contributed to the constructions of the 10 units.

Speaking at the event, Klazen noted that the funds collected through the initiative are distributed to the federation, which in return assisting the communities in building houses that they can call home.

Klazen said the initiative further seeks to investigate alternative building methods that would construct easily affordable houses and lower the cost of housing as opposed to the high cost of conventional housing in Namibia today.

That way we can have many of our citizens living in decent house structures as opposed to the sub-standard, makeshift structures that some of them live in today, stated Klazen.

He also performed the ground-breaking for the construction of more 30 similar housing units to be built by the federation members under the same initiative.

Speaking at the same event, Standard Bank's chief executive officer, VetumbuaviMungunda revealed that over 200 housing units are so far built under the Buy-a-Brick Initiative countrywide and more than 300 are planned for next year.

Mungunda has then appealed to the local authorities to make land steadily available for more needy and vulnerable Namibians to be provided with decent shelters.

Mayor of HelaoNafidi Town, EliaserNghipangelwa said his local authority has availed over 200 plots of 300 square metres for the federation members to build housing units at the town.

The plots, Nghipangelwa said, are only provided with water supply and the idea is also to be provided with sceptic tanks.

Source: Namibia Press Agency