3 February 2005

Namibia: Lüderitz Tackles Poor Housing

Windhoek — THE town council of Lüderitz has embarked on a multi-million dollar housing project that would ensure affordable accommodation at the town, an initiative also seen as a way of minimising the mushrooming of squatter camps at Lüderitz.

Public relations officer for the council Shali Akwaa-nyenga told New Era that areas one, two, three, and four will have 780 erven allocated for construction that would cost about N$12.8 million. The Lüderitz Town Council, the Ministry of Regional and Local Government and Housing and the European Commission will fund the pro-ject.

Last Tuesday the town council witnessed the handing over of the four sites to Botes and Kennedy Service Namibia, the construction company that will build the houses.

The scheme is also to cover water and sewer reticulation, as well as the building of gravel roads in the proposed areas.

"The project is a complement to the already existing housing projects that started right at the revival of the town some time in 1993," Akwaa-nyenga said.

Apart from that development, the council will equally engage in the tarring of two main roads leading to Nauti-lus and Benguela townships. This is to be done at a cost of N$ 5.3 million, to be funded by the council.

The construction work starts next week and will take 11 months to complete, while services provision would take about 16 months, Akwaa-nyenga said.

During the construction period some residents, especially in the informal settlement areas of the proposed sites, are most likely to be relocated temporarily by the council.

Based on that, the council has appealed to Lüderitz residents to give their full cooperation during the construction period.

Lüderitz has a population of over 20 000 inhabitants and quite a number of residents reside in informal settlements. Over the years, the town has experienced an increasing number of illegally constructed homes especially along Kindergarten Road in Benguela.

These areas have no flush toilets and have become breeding places for disease as residents use any available open space to relieve themselves when nature calls.

This uncontrolled growth at the town has contributed to other social ills such as robberies and rape.

In its effort to provide residents of the town with affordable services and better living conditions, the council has embarked upon projects that would contribute towards solving the town's poor housing conditions.

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