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Although housing provision in Outjo has been ongoing efficiently, Acting Chief Executive Officer Jaco Labuschagne says the provision of services has been a challenge.

Labuschagne says the Namibia Housing Action Group (NHAG) and the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia (SDFN) are by far the most effective entities to provide proper, affordable housing.

Outjo has about 20,000 inhabitants, with about three-quarters of that number living in the more than 3,000 erven in the informal settlement.

Although there have been remarkable efforts in the provision of housing, the delivery of potable water has been a challenge.

New electrical networks need to be constructed, which the municipality is currently addressing together with CENORED.   

With the rocky grounds of Outjo, it takes about three weeks to put up electric poles. 

The town also has to look at the provision of roads in the informal settlement and the new extension, which Labuschagne says is a huge task.

The new extension consists of 900 erven.

The sewerage system is nothing to be concerned about, as it is big enough to sustain the town for the next 20 years.

Kunene Region's Namibia Housing Action Group and the Shack Dwellers Federation have partnered with local authorities across the country to upgrade the informal settlement.

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