WINDHOEK: The Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development Jerry Ekandjo has called on the City of Windhoek to set up a department responsible for constructing houses to enable them to make a profit.
Ekandjo was speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony for the installation of municipal services at Otjomuise Extension 10, situated on the northern side of the Otjomuise residential area here on Wednesday.
“There is no law prohibiting local authorities from building houses either for selling or renting purposes in order to generate income,” he advised.
Ekandjo explained that Government, through his ministry, has availed N.dollars 320 million over three years under the Targeted Intervention Programme for Employment and Economic Growth (TIPEEG) initiative, of which N.dollars 110 million has already been transferred to the City of Windhoek for the implementation of the Otjomuise Extension 10 project.
“The TIPEEG programme is designed in such a manner as to ensure speedy implementation, while at the same time delivering on the principle of value for money, and observing a strong and effective monitoring and evaluation mechanism in order to ensure that we introduce quick corrective measures where necessary,” he added.
The minister noted that the highest level of accountability to ensure effective implementation is a prerequisite, and therefore urged all stakeholders involved in this project to exercise a high level of accountability.
More than 1 100 residential erven, 40 general residential erven, five informal sites and three institutional erven have been created at the site.
Ekandjo said a certain percentage of the residential erven will be allocated to applicants on the City of Windhoek’s waiting list, while another percentage will be allocated to people from areas set to be upgraded.
Namibia Construction was awarded the tender for the installation of the municipal services through this Ministry, and work is being supervised by consulting engineering company Burmeister and Partners.
The project will span over 10 months.
Speaking at the same occasion, Burmeister and Partners’ Managing Director Ronald Kubas said the installation of the services started on 01 June this year, and are expected to be completed by 21 April 2013.
He promised the proper execution of the project at the set periods for the provision of roads, sewerage systems and water supply infrastructure.
The tender for the installation of electricity lines is yet to be awarded.
Kubas said about 150 jobs were created for this project.