Walvis Bay Council allocates more land for affordable housing

Niël Terblanché

The Walvis Bay Backyard Tenants Association is celebrating a significant milestone in their journey towards homeownership after the Municipal Council greenlit the allocation of land at Farm 37, earmarked for the development of low-cost housing.

The decision marks a crucial step forward in addressing the housing crisis in Namibia’s major harbour town.

Farm 37, located on the outskirts of Walvis Bay, was identified back in 2015 as a potential solution to the pressing demand for housing and land.

The area has since become the only hope for many residents striving to build their own homes.

The allocated Portion 19 of Farm 37 will soon see the rise of affordable housing units, with the association agreeing to purchase the unserviced land for N$2.3 million.

Festus Shilongo, the leader of the association, shared the exciting news, revealing that over 1,000 residents have collectively saved N$3 million to kickstart the acquisition of land and the eventual construction of their homes.

This community-driven initiative reflects the determination and unity among the members to transform their living conditions.

However, the journey is far from over. The council’s approval is just the initial phase of a process that requires further endorsements.

The association’s application will need to pass through the hands of the Minister of Urban and Rural Development, the Namibia Planning Advisory Board, among other regulatory bodies, before construction can commence.

Shilongo urged the members of the association to continue their savings efforts, emphasizing that their dream of homeownership is within reach, but persistence is key.

This step by the Walvis Bay Council not only brings hope to the association’s members but also sets a precedent for other communities facing similar challenges.

While the association still have to navigate through the bureaucratic process, members stand on the brink of achieving a brighter future for themselves and their families.

The Walvis Bay Backyard Tenants Association’s journey points to the power of community action and the significant impact of collaborative efforts towards affordable housing solutions.

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