Windhoek Mass Housing Delayed

THE Windhoek mass housing project has not yet started, despite the fact that in other towns, construction is almost complete.

President Hifikepunye Pohamba launched the mass housing project at Otjomuise extension 10 in November last year, where Afrikuumba Construction is supposed to build 1 191 houses.

The project’s first phase is supposed to be completed by the end of 2015, after which 9 000 houses are supposed to have been built and 10 200 plots serviced countrywide at a cost of N$1,7 billion.

When The Namibian visited the site last month, some workers were busy digging the foundation for the placing of electrical cables.

Afrikuumba is one of 38 companies that won multimillion dollar tenders for building houses across the country. The Otjomuise project will earn the company that has partnered a South African firm – Calgro M3 – N$350 million.

The company’s executive officer, Titus Nakuumba, confirmed the delay yesterday, saying they only signed the contract on 24 July. Nakuumba also said they have already started laying foundations for 50 houses.

“We started last week with the construction of the foundation,” Nakuumba said, adding that due to the delay, they should be able to finish the construction of all the houses by 2016.

The National Housing Enterprise (NHE) spokesperson, Eric Libongani, said he could not comment on why Afrikuumba’s contract was delayed because his company does not have the mandate to speak about the mass housing project. NHE are overseeing the implementation of the mass housing project.

“NHE does not have the mandate to respond to media inquiries on mass housing,” said Libongani.

Libongani referred all questions to the Minister of Regional and Local Government and Housing and Rural Development, Charles Namoloh, but questions emailed through to the minister’s personal assistant, Marita Kaanduka, had not been answered by yesterday.

Last month, Charles Matundu, based at the NHE regional offices in Rundu, said there has been some progress regarding the construction of houses in the region.

He said in Rundu, of the 308 houses that are supposed to be built only 20 had been put up because of limited serviced plots, while in Nkurenkuru of the 285, 20 are near completion.

“In Katima Mulilo, only 279 plots have been made available for the construction of mass houses. About 50% of the houses are being plastered. In total, there should be 327 houses built,” said Matundu.

Source : The Namibian