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The Regional Council has appointed a contractor to construct 45 new houses in the three settlements, fifteen houses in each settlement. The Regional Council officially handed over the construction site to the contractor, MRBM Namibia, on Friday, August 24, 2018.
MRBM Namibia uses cellular lightweight concrete, a lighter and more thermally efficient alternative to the conventional brick-and-mortar building system and they have an exclusive distribution agreement with MRBM Africa to use this system in Namibia.
The construction of these houses is expected to be completed by March next year at a total cost of N$3,690,000.
In addition to the new houses, plans are underway to repair 111 defective houses which were constructed about 10 years ago in Epukiro, Tallismanus, Corridor 13 and Otjinene and to complete 24 houses in Epukiro and Corridor 13 settlements. These repairs and completions will cost the Regional Council N$1,518,879.80.
A further 25 new houses which were planned to be constructed 10 years ago will be constructed in Aminuis during the current financial year as well at a cost of N$2 million.
The Regional Build Together Programme was dormant for about seven years due to a number of challenges. These challenges include price escalation of building materials and transport, a limited number of serviced plots, a lack of technical capacity by some appointed local contractors, limited starting capital, abandonment of sites by some local contractors and some beneficiaries not playing their expected roles of supplying sand and calcrete on time.
A moratorium declared by the then Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development on the utilisation of the Build Together Programme funds by the Regional and Local authorities in November 2014 further delayed the implementation of this programme.
Since the moratorium was lifted, the Regional Council reactivated the Regional Build Together Committee on March 01, 2016 to develop and coordinate an implementation plan of the decentralised Build Together Programme.