If you don’t own a house, you have no value

In Namibia, if you don’t own a house, you are nobody. “If you don’t have a house, nobody will respect you, because you have nothing.” This was said by Bobby Kandjala, special advisor to Governor of Erongo, Cleophas Mutjavikua, in Henties Bay yesterday.

Kandjala was speaking during the hand-over of 28 houses constructed under the Build-Together scheme to their new owners. Silvia Makgone, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development, made a similar statement.
“When people don’t have houses, they don’t have value. You have no collateral to apply for a loan at the bank and therefore have no economic status. You have zero economic status,” Makgone said. Kandjala, who was speaking before the Minister, said that “being a resident of town without a house is like a child without a parent”.
The 28 houses are part of the first lot of a total of 50 houses built under the Build Together Scheme in the coastal town which were handed over to their new owners. The project was financed by the municipality, who invested a total of N$4 million and the Built Together fund, which contributed N$1.2 million. Besides the Build Together houses there are 50 more houses constructed under the Mass House Development Programme in Henties Bay. 20 of these have been handed over so far.
The beneficiaries of the houses were overly joyed when they received the keys to their new homes. Some were crying with joy, having waited for years already. “I applied for a house in 2010. It’s been six years now and I am extremely happy,” said Richelin Guriras, the first beneficiary. “I stayed in a pondokkie, but now I have a home. Eks baie bly,” she added.

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