The  National Housing Enterprise (NHE)  and its key partners handed over 50 affordable houses to owners at Otjomuise in Khomasdal Constituency, ON Thursday 19 November 2020. The houses are constructed under the Informal Settlement Upgrading Pilot Project. This is a joint initiative between the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development (MURD), City of Windhoek, the National Housing Enterprise (NHE) and Khomas Regional Council. The project aims to construct affordable houses for residents in informal settlements in the Khomas Region.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, Urban and Rural Development Minister Erastus Uutoni said, “Housing has gained prominence as one of the key national development priorities and an important vehicle for addressing poverty and inequality as well as for bringing about social harmony, economic advancement and ensuring political stability. This is why as a nation, we have made the provision of access to decent housing as one of the key development priorities as encapsulated in our Vision 2030, National Development Plans and the Harambee Prosperity Plan.”

On her part, Windhoek Mayor Fransina Kahungu thanked the project stakeholders, for taking a decision to take a pivotal role, in fast tracking the national programmes on the provision of housing to all, as set out in our leading developmental plans. Speaking at the same event, NHE Chairperson Sam SHIVUTE, urged stakeholders and the community at large to have a positive attitude towards the project and render their support to the contractors to speed up the progress to achieve the targeted number of 1200 houses.

The event was also attended by Khomas Region Governor, Laura McLeod-Katjirua, Khomas Regional Council Chairperson, Rachel Jacob, as well as regional and local authority councilors

So far, 86 houses have been completed since October 2020.