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About 30 destitute inhabitants of the Kalahari constituency will soon own decent houses. The houses will be constructed through a voluntary housing project, known as the Kalahari Homeless Shelter project.
The Regional Councillor for Kalahari constituency, Honourable Ignatius Kariseb, who is also the Chairperson of the Omaheke Regional Council, initiated the project in 2016. The aim of the project is to replace shacks constructed with plastic sheets and dilapidated iron sheets with concrete two-bedroom houses.
Each house is estimated to cost about N$24,000.00 and will be equipped with an open plan living area and kitchen and a bathroom.
During a ground-breaking ceremony held at a construction site in Tsjaka on Monday, February 11, 2019, patron of the project and Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy, Honourable Kornelia Shilunga, announced that the project has so far received N$600,000.00. The funds were solicited from various companies in the private sector.
Tsjaka is a growth point some 50 kilometres from Gobabis.
Other localities where the houses will be constructed are Blouberg, Drimiopsis and Vergenoeg. An assessment conducted by the Kalahari Constituency Office discovered that about 300 households in the entire Constituency were in need of decent housing. Blouberg, a small community close to the Trans-Kalahari border settlement of Buitepos, is the most affected by poor housing the Constituency.
Honourable Kariseb said some shacks in Blouberg are constructed in flood-prone areas while others in Tsjaka, Vergenoeg and Drimiopsis are vulnerable to extreme weather conditions such as rain, wind, cold and heat as well as snake and insect bites and fire.
Honourable Shilunga urged other private entities to join the cause and pledge their support. “The housing challenge in our country is a collective responsibility,” she said, adding that the N$600,000.00 is not yet enough. The funds collected so far are only enough to construct 25 houses.
Honourable Kariseb advised the Gobabis Municipality to replicate the project in Nossobville, a Gobabis township within the Kalahari Constituency. “This project was initiated for the benefit of Kalahari constituency inhabitants,” he said.