By Confidente Reporter
THE City of Windhoek is set to launch a new five-year plan in July, which will include a performance management system, as well as its strategies to alleviate the acute housing shortages in the capital.
City Chief Executive Officer, Robert Kahimise, told Confidente this week that the municipality intends to construct its own low-cost houses, to ease the shortage of affordable homes.
The affordable housing initiatives are contained in the City’s new five-year strategic plan, which will be launched soon.
“Yes we are looking at constructing low-cost houses; this is included in our new strategic plan. We want to start with market indicators first, before we begin the construction of the houses and establish how many houses we should construct,” Kahimise said.
He added that the strategic plan will, among other issues, address the implementation of the City’s performance management system.
“By the 1 July, our five-year turnaround strategy will be launched, and some of the matters covered include the City’s performance management system.”
According to media reports, the City of Windhoek has entered into a joint venture to construct 80 low-cost houses in Khomasdal, as part of its plans to ease the housing backlog.
The problem of affordable housing is not only a nightmare in Windhoek, but is also an issue countrywide.
According to statistics, Namibia currently has a national housing backlog of over 300 000 units, mostly in urban and peri-urban centres.
The Community Land Information Program (CLIP), carried out by the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia and the Namibia Housing Action Group, estimates that up to 25 percent of the Namibian population, which translates into 134 884 households or 541 119 people, live in informal settlements, without security of tenure.
Housing has been at the centre of controversy in the country since 2014, with the emergence of the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement.
As part of a deal, signed with AR in 2015, government has pledged to service 200 000 plots countrywide.
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