First 20 houses at Twaloloka handed over

Rudi Bowe

Twenty residents of the Twaloloka informal settlement, in which 153 homes were destroyed by a fire earlier this year, took ownership of brand-new brick houses.

The houses were constructed by the Shack Dwellers Federation in collaboration with Standard Bank Namibia on land was availed and serviced by the Walvis Bay Municipality.
Namibian President, Dr Hage Geingob said at the handing over ceremony that housing is a necessity and is one of two key priorities that government is focused on delivering decent housing to all Namibians and that one of the biggest problems in our country is that our people are still living in shacks. Geingob said, “this is why we declared war against informal settlements and the construction of this new houses is another battle won in the fight against homelessness in Namibia.”
The president called on the private sector to join the fight and invest in the future of Namibia as we can no longer sit by and see the suffering brought on by people living in shacks year in and year out. We have to take hands and pull in the same direction to achieve a better life for all Namibians.
“I urged those still living in the tents to be patient” Geingob said.
A member of the Shack Dwellers Federation Naftali Utoni said that the Walvis Bay municipality allocated 20 plots to the federation in October 2020, and construction of the houses commenced on 15 October.
Utoni said, “the success of constructing the houses in just two weeks was made possible by the fact that the builders are members of the Shack Dwellers Federation, and understand the process and the needs of the people and the requirement of building at an affordable rate.”
The first beneficiary Albertina Epahras, a mother of four could not hide her joy as she received the keys to her house.
Epahras said “I’ve been waiting for a very long time; we are extremely happy. I’ve been living in a shack since 2006. We are not suffering or crying anymore as me and my family now have a home to call their own.”
Epahras who joined the federation in 2011, said she knows joining the federation will pay off as the federation helps the people to one day own their own homes.

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