The Walvis Bay Council has responded positively to the mass land-servicing programme by handing over 1 025 plots to the Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sophia Shaningwa.
Shaningwa received the plots yesterday on behalf of President Hage Geingob from the Mayor of Walvis Bay, Councillor Uilika Nambahu.
Some final touches are currently being made to the plots that will soon be available.
Shaningwa said these plots would come with a price-tag of between N$60 000 and N$70 000. How the plots will be allocated will be communicated at a later stage, as the president must yet be briefed on the latest development.
The plots – located in Narraville, Kuisebmond and also in the upmarket suburb of Meersig – have been allocated to the mass land-servicing project, under which government plans to service 200 000 residential plots to address the country’s housing crisis.
Walvis Bay, Windhoek and Oshakati were identified as the towns that would initially benefit from the project after President Geingob conducted a whirlwind tour of the three towns to identify potential residential land for servicing.
Briefing the minister during the handing over ceremony, the chief executive officer of Walvis Bay Municipality, Muronga Haingura, explained that the servicing of the plots is in its final stages and should be completed within 30 days. He said 273 plots are available in Narraville and more than 800 in Kuisebmond, while the rest are in Meersig.
Receiving the plots, Shaningwa applauded the Walvis Bay Council and management for a job well done. “A couple of months ago we came here to solicit a way to answer the housing needs of our people. Cabinet took a decision to assist town councils with funds and then they would meet us halfway. In this way we can make land cheaper and available to our people. There is indeed progress, we are getting somewhere,” the minister said.
The mass land-servicing project was announced in July after a high-powered delegation led by Geingob met Job Amupanda and eight representatives of Affirmative Repositioning (AR) group, where the government agreed to embark on the project to service 200 000 plots countrywide to counter the high prices and shortage of residential erven.