By Donna Collins
A ground-breaking ceremony to roll out the first of its kind affordable show house pilot project in Kuisebmund marked the way forward for the Walvis Bay municipality and the Government to address the dire local housing backlog.
A total of 22 developers came together to construct a total of 44 affordable houses at their own cost. The objective is to establish a way forward for a standard costing structure and workmanship blueprint which will pave the way for the construction of hundreds of prototype houses.
Each of the contractors will be allocated two erven on which they will build two units in accordance with the building plans and specifications provided by the municipality.
The Walvis Bay municipality which has provided completed serviced land for the new Kuisebmund Ext 5, is facilitating the process on behalf of the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development.
The first 44 affordable prototype units are anticipated to be standing by March next year. About 2 000 housing units are expected to be constructed under this new affordable housing programme in Walvis Bay.
This milestone ceremony was officiated by Minister Sophia Shaningwa together with Deputy Minister Derek Klazen, Walvis Bay Mayor Immanuel Wilfried, and nearly two dozen local building contractors who are rolling up their sleeves to get the ball rolling.
The selling price of the houses will only be determined once the show houses are completed, with a process of costing and evaluation, to ascertain which of the companies will have the capacity to proceed to the next phase which is to construct housing units on more than 900 erven.
The people on the waiting list will then have a choice from a variety of house types and prices which will suit their budgets. Furthermore, only contractors who have come up with quality workmanship with an affordable cost structure will be selected by the municipality to continue into the next phase.
Most of the contractors are from Walvis Bay and some are from other parts of the country, many of whom have been involved in various affordable housing projects.
“Walvis Bay was one of the selected pilot sites for the Massive Urban Land Servicing Project, and the momentum in this town has been impressive,” said the Minister
“Today the focus has been on one of our main partners, namely the contractors, who will definitely go all out to showcase their capability when it comes to providing beautiful homes for our people.
“The Government continues to show renewed interest in addressing the housing needs of the country, but are not in a position to provide all the resources needed to address the backlog in land and housing delivery, which is why we need to introduce innovative schemes such as this one, to get off the ground.
“Even though the local and global economies have slowed down, we cannot afford to slack on our progress, and Walvis Bay’s thrust in terms of industrialisation and development is something we cannot afford to halt temporarily.”
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