Narraville SDFN members commence home construction process

Ohorongo Cement on Monday handed over a storage container and gave brickmaking training to 68 of the 790 members of the Narraville Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia (SDFN) in Walvis Bay.

According to Ohorongo Cement Marketing Manager Carina Sowden, the donation comes after Ohorongo's commitment to provide the Narraville shack dwellers members with further support to enable them to build their own homes at an affordable price.

The company with two of its partners namely the FNB Foundation Trust and Pupkewitz Foundation's partnership with SDFN and its contribution towards the provision of sustainable housing, Sowden said.

Sowden added that although development of the Narraville project started off slow since receiving land in 2009, it recently showed progress resulting in Ohorongo being able to only honour its commitment after its promise in 2017.

After extensive travels throughout Namibia, Ohorongo also found that very few people

managed to manufacture bricks correctly, which led to the company launching the

first ever brickmaking Academy training in 2017, which is offered to selected trainees across the country, Sowden added.

Chairperson of the Narraville Shack Dwellers Group FransiscoMaree said the group keeps increasing since its inception in 2009 and an amount of 200 plots are expected to be serviced after the completion of the 68 plots.

The SDFN has also given a loan of N.dollars 45 000 to its members towards the construction of their houses, which they are expected to pay back with an advance of 5 per cent during a period of 11 years to 20 years, Maree noted.

One of the beneficiaries Regina Harschfeld told Nampa that she was very overwhelmed that she can finally built her own home after years of waiting.

We are very grateful that Ohorongo kept their promise in bringing us this container and teaching us how to make good quality bricks, she added.

Juliana Van Wyk said that although the group is struggle slightly with getting the land as levelled as possible, they are hoping private sectors will come on board to help provide the necessary assistance in order for them to commence construction in October.

Source: Namibia Press Agency