KAMANJAB: The Namibian Government will soon regulate the prices of townland to enable more low-income citizens to have access to townland, the Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development said on Thursday.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Kamanjab Village Council office in the Kunene Region, Jerry Ekandjo said he handed in an amendment of Section 63 of the Local Authorities’ Act to Cabinet that will allow Government to control the prices of townland, and remove the current methods of auctioning and tendering for townland by local authorities.
The auctioning and tendering for plots in towns have placed Namibians in a disadvantaged position against foreigners living here.
“Land is very expensive, for example in Windhoek, one square metre goes for about N.dollars 300, and even more in Walvis Bay. These high prices push the majority of Namibians out of competition of acquiring townland plots due to their financial positions,” noted Ekandjo.
He said there was no reason why land should be so extremely expensive, adding that land is a heritage, and Namibians should have access to it or own it.
Ekandjo explained that what caused prices of commodities to increase is the cost of production, transportation and whatever value added on the product, which is not the case with land.
“Land is not produced. We find it there, and it should be affordable,” he stressed.
The amendment of the regulation would allow the leasehold of land in towns to Namibians and foreigners alike, but will not allow foreigners to buy land in Namibian towns in the near future.
“Namibians who cannot afford land would be allowed to lease land for 40 years, renewable, and foreigners would be allowed to also lease land for 30 years, renewable,” the Minister explained.
The amendment of Section 63 of the Local Authorities’ Act is expected to be discussed this week in Parliament, before it is send to the House of Review (National Council) and enacted into law in the shortest possible period.