By Confidente Reporter
AFTER many years of empty promises to formalise informal settlements, Windhoek chief executive officer Robert Kahimise has announced that the city will soon carry out the process. This means that those living in informal settlements will receive basic services and land on which to build their own houses.
He was speaking at a monthly CoW press briefing on Friday in Windhoek.
He stated that two erven in Havana Township along Zambia and Karasburg Streets, where 145 residents have lived for about 15 years will now be subdivided into 103 erven.
Other plots that will be subdivided according to Kahimise are erven 1035 and 1036 located in Havana Extension 1 where 86 residential erven will be created.
“Individual extension of municipal services in the area will be made. The residents have indicated the willingness to share the erven to be provided for this purpose,” he said.
He added that erven 1024 and 1026 also in Havana will be also formalised in a period of five years and 78 new erven will be created.
“Extension of municipal services will be made to provide individual household connections in the areas. All the above mentioned erven are currently having access to communal services. The proposed development will lead to each household to be provided with an individual connection to municipal services. The statutory processes will follow after approvals by Council,” Kahimise said.
He added, “This is a positive development aimed at improving the living conditions of our residents in the north-western parts of Windhoek. The population’s growth rate in Windhoek accelerates at about 9.46 percent per annum and this evidently contributes to the uncontrolled spreading of informal settlements.”
Acknowledging the pressing need for adequate and affordable service delivery, land and housing the CEO stated that it is imperative that the informal settlements be formalised and upgraded to effectively address the needs of the residents.
He also revealed that the process will furthermore aid in providing security of tenure with infrastructure improvements.
“The city will this year construct houses ranging between two to three bedrooms on 79 residential erven in Khomasdal Extension 16”.
The 79 houses will be developed on a joint venture agreement with Oluzizi Engineering and Construction in partnership with AMIBEX.
Kahimise also said that the City will continue to explore opportunities to improve and increase the supply of serviced land and eventual housing developments.
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