WINDHOEK Namibia (Xinhua) --
For many years, Abel Phillip, 57, had lived in a
cramped one-bedroom shack with his wife and six children in an
informal settlement on the outskirts of capital Windhoek.
He could not afford
to buy a decent house. As such, when it rained, the family would
run up looking for ways to keep water leaking from his shack
roof from flooding his home made out of corrugated iron.
“The children would
seek ways to place buckets strategically at leaking points to
prevent water from filling our small home. It was thwarting,” he
But the life of the
war veteran changed in February when he received the donation of
a house from President of Namibia Hage Geingob.
Today, the family
enjoys the rain as it drizzles on the roof instead of running
around looking for buckets.
The donation marked
the launch of the Harambee Housing Initiative, aimed at
mobilizing resources and advocating for new strategies and
building alternatives to address housing shortage and backlog
that the country faces.
The donation, said
Geingob, is an effort by the government and stakeholders in its
quest to provide decent housing to Namibians.
“If all stakeholders
across all sectors commit to helping other Namibians and look
beyond own circumstances by considering the need of others, we
will be able to meet the demand for housing,” said the
The house was
constructed by the German Polycare Research Technology and a
local company named Kavango Block Bricks, using the modular
assembly technology and alternative building materials
introduced to Namibia at the Investment Conference held in
Windhoek in November 2016.
two-bedroom house such as that of Phillip would cost from
600,000 to 800,000 Namibian dollars (45,000 to 58,000 U.S.
dollars), but the modular assembly technology would bring down
the cost by 200,000 Namibian dollars (15,000 U.S. dollars).
the government for helping people living in shacks like him who
are struggling to make ends meet and cannot afford decent
“I was in awe when I
heard that government have donated a house to me and my family.
I asked how much we would have to pay, and to my relief I was
told that it was free donation. I am grateful,” said Philip on
Tuesday afternoon at his new home in Otjomuise.
The government has
reiterated that it’s committed towards the provision of decent
housing. “I am sure that the handover of this house is just the
beginning and our housing delivery initiative is a work in
progress and we hope to announce similar housing success in a
few months and years,” said Geingob.
As such, more houses
would be built using modular assembly technology in the central
town of Okahandja once a Memorandum of Understanding is signed
between the Namibian and German governments.
of Rural and Urban Development Sophia Shaningwa called on local
authorities in which the project will be rolled out to avail
serviced land to property developer for the government to be
able to deliver affordable housing to all citizens to eradicate
“I long, pray and
wish for my fellow people who have been living in shacks to also
get a decent home like I have,” said Phillip.
Namibia January inflation rises
to 7-year high
WINDHOEK Namibia (Xinhua) --
Namibia’s annual inflation rate in January
surprised on the upside to a seven year high of 8.2 percent
compared to 7.3 percent recorded in December 2016, the Namibia
Statistics Agency (NSA) said Wednesday.
The increase, which
was 2.9 percentage points higher than the 5.3 percent registered
in January a year earlier, was mainly attributed to price
increases registered in the categories of Food and non—alcoholic
beverages (13.2 percent), Hotels, restaurants and cafes (9.8
percent), and Furnishing, household equipment and routine
maintenance of the house (9.5 percent).
On a monthly basis,
the price levels increased to 3.2 percent from 0.2 percent
recorded last month. This is the highest monthly inflation rate
recorded for the last 14 years, the statistics agency said.