The dream owning a house comes true

Rudi Bowe

The dream owning a house has come true for the 121 families that have been living in tents after losing their homes in last year ‘s devastating Twolaloka fire in Kuisebmond Walvis Bay.

The houses were constructed by the beneficiaries and the Namibia Shack dwellers Federation with government funds and through the Standard Bank – Build a Brick Project.
The houses with one bedroom, toilet and open plan kitchen on 300sq meter erf houses were built to the tune of approximately Forty-three Million Namibia Dollars with each house costing about N$59 000.
Namibian President, Hage Geingob, said at the hand over that the nation was shaken by the terrible and devastating fire outbreak at the Twaloloka informal settlement, which resulted in the loss of assets and possessions of 177 residents and 18-month-old baby Fillipus Mandha sadly lost his life.
Geingob said “Today, out of the ashes of those shattered dreams, hope is rising like a phoenix.”
“I am, therefore, pleased that after this tragic incident, we can meet today to partake in the handing-over of these houses to the fire victims, cementing our commitment to address the issue of the decongestion of informal settlements, to provide housing to the masses, and to improve the livelihoods of our people” the President said.
“We will continue with this strategy and call on all local authorities to support this initiative by providing land where possible.”
The President added that government has always been for the development of Namibia and its people as articulated in Vision 2030, the National Development Plans and the Harambee Prosperity Plans I and II with the goal to ensure that all Namibians have access to the basic necessities for a dignified life such as food, shelter, clothing, sanitation, education and healthcare.
“We may differ politically, but the task of building Namibia is a collective endeavour where we should hold hands for an inclusive Namibian house” Geingob said.
“The welfare of our people in the informal settlements has been given priority and to this end, we will not rest, we will not relent, and we will leave no stone unturned until we can provide shelter to all. Today is just another step forward in this noble objective,” Geingob concluded.

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