Opuwo plots handed over to contractor for mass housing

OPUWO: The National Housing Enterprise (NHE) has officially handed over the site for the first phase of the mass housing programme for Opuwo to the contractor tasked with constructing the houses there.

The site was handed over to Hadago Investments on Wednesday. A total of 71 houses will be built at the new extension through the Mass Housing Development Programme.

Hadago Investment Chief Executive Officer Luther Kapukare said they expect to complete the houses by the end of October this year.

The project is worth N.dollars 25 million.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony, NHE’s manager in northern Namibia, Donald Tjikune said the NHE is faced with the challenge of a lack of serviced land for it to successfully start implementing the mass housing programme.

“It is a good thing that we started in Opuwo with 71 houses, but it is too little given the high demand for houses in the town. There are up to 200 applicants who need houses,” Tjikune said.

This means the total number of people who have applied for housing at Opuwo is around 700 as Irende Kavari of the Opuwo Town Council who is responsible for the Build-Together programme at the town told Nampa the list of applicants for Build-Together houses stands at 500.

Government has incorporated the Build-Together programme into the mass housing project.

Opuwo Mayor Tuarungua Kavari informed Nampa after the handing over ceremony that the town council has handed in a proposal to the Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development for assistance with the servicing of land.