URBAN and rural development minister Peya Mushelenga says houses in Namibia are very expensive because there is no competition among property developers, who then exploit the market.
The minister said at the introduction of members of the National Housing Advisory Committee (NHAC) yesterday that the provision of low-cost housing tops the government's list of priorities "because most of our people belong to the low and ultra-low-income groups, and therefore, a large number of them cannot afford houses that are currently on the market."
Mushelenga added that housing provision has become one of the key national development priorities and an important vehicle for addressing poverty and inequality, as well as bringing about social harmony, economic advancement and political stability.
"This is why as a nation, we have made the provision of and access to decent housing, especially to the ultra-low and low- income groups one of the key development priorities as encapsulated in our Vision 2030, National Development Plans and the Harambee Prosperity Plan," he said.
He emphasised that the NHAC has the mammoth task of advising him on all aspects related to housing in the country.
"As we are all aware, the National Housing Development Act 28 of 2000 makes provision and empowers the minister of urban and rural development to appoint the National Housing Advisory Committee members," said the minister.
The task of the housing committee is to monitor and evaluate programmes implemented by regional councils, local authorities and the National Housing Enterprise in terms of housing delivery; and to come up with solutions and advise him on how to resolve the slow provision of housing and urban land-related matters.
The committee members are Ben Kathindi, Edith Mbanga, Cacious Siboleka, Adriaan Grobler and Erickson Mwanyekange.
They will serve for three years, starting from 14 September 2018 to 14 September 2021.