Mass housing project kicks off

WINDHOEK: Various sites for Government’s mass housing project were handed over for development to successful tenderers countrywide last week.

The National Housing Enterprise’s (NHE) Manager for Corporate Communications and Marketing, Eric Libongani told Nampa on Tuesday that the handing-over was done in different towns in all 14 regions of the country to show the winning bidders where houses should be build, where the servicing of land should take place and what needed to be upgraded in the informal settlements.

The National Mass Housing Development Programme was launched by President Hifikepunye Pohamba in the capital during November 2013.

This programme aims to build at least 185 000 affordable houses by the year 2030.

It will be implemented in phases, and is projected to cost N.dollars 45 billion.

The first phase will cost an estimated N.dollars 2,7 billion.

The NHE has, in the meantime, appointed different contractors to implement Phase One of the mass housing development countrywide.

“The contractors will be announced in due course,” Libongani said, adding that different contractors were appointed to do different things such as the servicing of land, construction of houses and upgrading of informal settlements.

Phase One is set to run for a period of two years, and over 10 000 houses are expected to be build countrywide, with an average of 5 000 houses per year.

The upgrade of informal settlements includes the revamping of the areas to make it humanly habitable.

“This involves the upgrading of sanitation facilities and sewerage systems, among other things, in order to make those people living in the informal settlements feel at home,” the official noted.

Houses will then be awarded to the public through the normal NHE processes.