The City of Windhoek has approved sale of the purchase of 180 single residential erven to the youth and its staff members in Khomasdal extension 16 last week.
According to information provided by the city, the sale of 100 unimproved single residential erven to the youth in the age category between 16 and 35 years old and 80 unimproved residential single erven to staff members in Khomasdal was approved at a special council meeting that was held last month.
The Villager understands that the public discontent with regards to the protracted process in concluding this sale some went as far as alleging the city has robbed the residents and is purposely prolonging the process in an attempt to corruptly allocate evens. “Fortunately this is not the case and it is worth noting that the delay in concluding this transaction is attributed to the extension of the submission of the offer to purchase which was extended to the 31 October 2016 as opposed to the initial due date of 21 October 2016.
“This was due to enormous demand by the members of the public who could not submit their offer by the due date. As a result, this subsequently led to the extension of the validity period of the offer to purchase until April 2017,” Lydia Amutenya, the public relations ofﬁ cer of city noted. She further added that the public was informed accordingly about this intervention through the notice in the media in this regards in March.
This background is necessary in order to put this matter into perspective as why council only resolved the sale last week. In total the two tenders for the youth and staff members attracted 4 421 offers and only 1 573 offers met the offer to purchase requirements and were subjected to further scrutiny, The Villager learnt. The Villager understands that the 100 unimproved single residential erven to the youth aged between 16 to 35 years, erf sizes ranges between ± 325 m2 and ±770 m2 in extent, and the upset prices between N$84 567.31 and N$191 944.74.
The 80 unimproved single residential erven to staff member’s erf sizes ranges between ±322 m2 and 3 ±762 m2 in extent, and the upset prices between N$83 967.54 and N$190 389.13. Another positive outcome of this process was the development of the Property Sales System as per Council Resolution 129/07/2016, which directed for the development of a system that will be used in adjudicating the sales of property in the future.
“The system was developed and having been used in this sale under discussion, the Property Sales System has proven to be an excellent and reliable tool which is unique to the City’s property sale function. This system reduces direct human handling to the minimum in order safe guard against human error when processing the allocation of land to the successful offer or as per set alienation methods such as,” Amutenya said.
She further added that the successful offers will be notiﬁ ed through the local daily newspapers. It should also be well noted that, this approval has been granted pending other veriﬁ cations such as search at the Deeds Ofﬁ ce that will be carried out to determine if the offers own properties in Windhoek, as this was one of the requirements for this sale that it was strictly for the ﬁ rst time buyers only.