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Uutoni hands over houses at Rundu

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Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Erastus Uutoni handed over 32 houses for low-middle income earners at Kaisosi informal settlement at Rundu on Friday.The houses were constructed by Fulbright Investment and partners.Speaking during the official …

Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Erastus Uutoni handed over 32 houses for low-middle income earners at Kaisosi informal settlement at Rundu on Friday.

The houses were constructed by Fulbright Investment and partners.

Speaking during the official inauguration of the houses, Uutoni said Government alone will not be in a position to provide all the resources that are needed to address the general backlog in land and housing delivery.

“I want to use this opportunity to announce that Government is open to development partnerships. We have created an environment for private developers to partner with Government to deliver on our promise of affordable housing,” he said.

He said some of the targeted interventions the government has taken and continues to embark on are budgetary allocations to local authorities, regional councils, the National Housing Enterprise and community-based housing initiatives to scale up land and urban infrastructure development and housing.

His ministry has also undertaken policy and legal reforms, one of which is the enactment of the Urban and Rural Planning Act of 2018 which resulted in the repeal of the outdated Town Planning Ordinance of 1954.

The housing units built range from two to three bedroom houses with an average erf size of 450 square metres.

The erf size allows for the home owner to have sufficient yard space for gradual extension and additions to their house, said Uutoni.

As per the last census the region has an average of 5.6 people per household in urban areas such as Rundu.

First time homeowner Aldredo Musaka said he feels like he has planned for the future and created a legacy that can be passed on to his children.

“It’s nice to know we have a permanent home and don’t have to worry about where we would live next,” he said.

Source: Namibia Press Agency