New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: City Embarks on Speedy Land Delivery

The City of Windhoek is fast-tracking the servicing of land, in order to address the acute housing shortage in the capital.

Under the envisaged fast-tracked land delivery scheme, a total of 1 080 erven will be made available within the city's boundaries over the next eight months.

Windhoek Mayor, Elaine Trepper said at the council's monthly meeting that 495 erven will be made available in Academia Extension 1, while 590 will be made available in Otjomuise Extension 4, where construction already began in early May.

The city is piloting a public-private partnership approach on servicing land. Trepper said that in addition, the N$110 million TIPEEG grant focuses on servicing land and the provision of basic services in the low-income areas, which is progressing well "subsequent to bureaucratic hiccups and a lack of clear guidelines, processes and procedures".

The tender for civil and electrical works was expected to be awarded this week already, she said. Two-thousand erven are expected to be serviced within the tendered period through TIPEEG.

"We are looking forward to receiving additional government transfers as part of the N$310 million allocated to the City in 2011 over the three-year period," the mayor noted.

She believes that with a general increase in delivery, the current high prices of land in the capital would to an extent be stabilised. The City is also considering various affordable housing solutions, through proposals received from various companies, in an effort to address the acute shortage of housing in the low-income categories.

As part of the process, the City will allocate a piece of land where recommended companies will demonstrate their affordable housing solutions by setting up demo houses.

"From the demo houses, council will select the best practical and economic solutions," Trepper explained.

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