LUDERITZ: Government will soon consider ways to make the price of urban land affordable for the benefit of poor people in the country.
One of such plans is that Government will provide financial support to local authorities in servicing land in all towns across the country.
Minister of Regional Local Government, Housing and Rural Development (MRLGRD) Jerry Ekandjo said this during his speech at Luderitz Saturday, where he launched the brick making event to build houses by Shack Dwellers Federation.
“I am saying this because land is the only heritage we have. People fought for land so it cannot be made expensive. In Windhoek land is being auctioned and an erven can go up to N.dollars 6 million, poor people cannot afford that,” he said.
The minister said if plans work out, bigger erven will be serviced for people so that their children will also be able to build or extend houses in such erven.
He assured that in the near future land auctioning will be stopped and foreigners will not be allowed to buy land but only lease and renew after 30 years.
Citizens will have two options, to buy to a cheaper price regulated by cabinet or lease and renew after 50 years.
Ekandjo said all these efforts are made to make sure that land is available for everyone to build a house and later address the problem of housing.
He commented the Luderitz Town Council for demolishing the single quarters with the plan to build proper houses.
“Unlike other towns such as Grootfontein, Otavi and Keetmanshoop that struggle to get rid of the single quarters have done a good job,” Ekandjo said.
This year southern local authorities requested Government to start supporting them in servicing land as it is expensive for them alone.
(edited)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 on Saturday, 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.
“… Land is the only heritage we have. People fought for land so it cannot be made expensive. In Windhoek land is being auctioned off and an erf can go for up to N.dollars 6 million. Poor people cannot afford that,” he stated.
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.
Ekandjo said all this will be done in efforts to ensure that land is available for all Namibians for the construction of houses.
He commended the Luderitz Town Council for demolishing the single quarters in the Benguela residential area with a view to building proper houses there.
“Unlike other towns such as Grootfontein, Otavi and Keetmanshoop that struggle to get rid of the single quarters, you have done a good job,” Ekandjo stated.
This year, southern local authorities have requested Government to start supporting them in the servicing of land as it is too expensive an exercise for them to carry out alone.