SDF saves over N$29m for decent housing
The Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia (SDF) has saved over N$29 million to cater for the housing needs of its members.
The federation’s membership currently stands at 25 000 consisting of 787 groups countrywide, national facilitator of SDF, Edith Mbanga told The Villager.
“The federation has come a long way and we started little by little. We are saving up in order to have better housing for our members. The more we save the more decent housing units we can be built, and with decent housing units I mean brick houses for our members,” she said.
She added that there is a need for members to increase their savings in order to fast-track construction for decent housing units.
Mbanga also said that during the 2018/19 financial year the ministry of urban and rural development provided much-needed support to the federation.
“The grant for 2018/19 financial year was N$10 million to construct 289 houses countrywide. We have only received N$5 million and another N$8 million for servicing more than 1 000 plots in Gobabis through community-driven upgrading informal settlements, of which I am happy to say that 94% of the work has been completed on water lines, and with sewer, 30% has been completed,” she said.
She added that phase one of buy-a-brick provided N$1.3 million for constructing 44 houses in Rehoboth, and in the second phase, a total of 54 houses were constructed in Berseba.