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Swakopmund Municipality, NHE pave way for decent housing

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The Swakopmund Municipality has signed an agreement with the National Housing Enterprise (NHE) for housing provision.

Last year, about 805 residents from Swakopmund's DRC informal settlement received free plots from the municipality to construct brick houses and apply for electricity connections. 

The agreement between the Swakopmund Municipality and NHE, which is fully funded by the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development, sees houses constructed for residents who earn as little as N$3,000 or less with NHE assistance.

NHE and Gobabis Municipality deliver 65 homes for low-income residents

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The National Housing Enterprise (NHE), in collaboration with the Gobabis Municipality, constructed 65 houses with the aim of ensuring that low-income earners in Gobabis have a roof over their heads.

Gobabis Mayor Melba Tjozongoro says the council is working tirelessly with various key stakeholders to bring much-needed development to town. 

Windhoek's population surge strains infrastructure, urgent government intervention needed

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The escalating population growth is putting pressure on the City of Windhoek (CoW) municipal infrastructure, intensifying demand for service delivery, and underscoring the need for government intervention. 

Among the ongoing initiatives, CoW Mayor Queen Kamati unveiled the "Informal Settlement Upgrading Pilot Project," which involves constructing 113 houses in Goreangab ext. 4. 

Informal Settlement Upgrading Pilot Project to deliver 113 new houses

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The Informal Settlement Upgrading Affordable Housing Pilot Project is about to reduce the housing backlog by 113 houses as construction begins.

The houses will be constructed in Windhoek's Greenwell Matongo Extension 4.

The late President Hage Geingob once said that the living conditions in the informal settlements should be declared a national humanitarian crisis. 

The Deputy Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Evelyn !Nawases-Taeyele, reminded those in attendance of his words. 

Regional officer of Otjozondjupa dismissed claims on demarcated land to build houses

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The Chief Regional Officer of the Otjozondjupa Region, Agatha Mweti, has rubbished as false the claim that the council has not demarcated land to build houses since 2018.

At a media briefing, Mweti says the council is currently busy with informal settlement upgrades there.

Mweti explained that the land demarcation project aims to ensure that plots are numbered before they are allocated to residents.

Council is also in the process of entering into an agreement with the National Housing Enterprise to construct low-cost housing at the settlement.

NHE employees to strike

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Employees of the National Housing Enterprise (NHE) will embark on a legal strike on Friday following a wage negotiation deadlock.

The Public Service Union of Namibia (PSUN) Deputy Secretary General, Ujama Kaahangoro, guaranteed workers' protection should anything arise as a result of the industrial action.

90% of NHE employees voted in favor of a strike two weeks ago after the entity failed to give them a once-off payment.

NHE constructing houses in five towns

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The National Housing Enterprise (NHE) is currently constructing 65 houses at Gobabis, 50 at Omuthiya, 70 at Okahao, 33 at Tsandi, and 24 at Ondangwa.

The houses will be constructed predominantly through phase 2 of the NHE’s turnkey construction model (RFP) and are expected to cost N$75 million.

Through this model, NHE contracts with private developers on a turnkey basis. This model requires NHE to partner with private financiers who construct houses using their own capital and are only paid after the sale of the constructed houses.