LUDERITZ: Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development Jerry Ekandjo says the auctioning off of land will be brought to an end in the near future.
Addressing the launch of a brick-making project for the construction of houses by the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia (SDFN) at Luderitz yesterday, Ekandjo said Government is busy considering ways in which the price of urban land can be made more affordable for low income earners in the country.
One of the ways in which this can be done is through the provision of financial support to local authorities for the servicing of land, he indicated.
The minister explained that if the plans work out, bigger erven will be serviced so that the children of those who own the erven are able to build houses or extend properties on such pieces of land.
He also gave his assurance that the auctioning of land will be halted, adding that foreigners will also in future not be allowed to buy land here, but will only be allowed to lease land and renew such leases after 30 years.
Namibian citizens on the other hand will have two options – to buy land at affordable prices as regulated by Cabinet, or to lease land and renew such leases after 50 years.