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CoW to go ahead with land auctions

Mon, 3 November 2014 04:01
by Nangula Hambuda

City of Windhoek (CoW) has said that they will continue to auction ervens in the yet to be completed Academia Extensions despite a 2013 Ministerial directive forbidding the auction of land. CoW manager for Housing and Property Elly Shipiki said that then minister Jerry Ekandjo’s directive in which the auctioning of municipal land was condemned had come after they’d already signed an agreement with private company Acacia Investments. “Auctions are allowed in terms of the local authority act. The directive then cannot affect the standing agreement” Shipiki said. He added that the remaining 245 erven would also be auction as is planned, and that there was need
for the directive to be reviewed considering all the developments taking place in Windhoek.
The erven ranged from 494 square metres to 845 square
metres, the cheapest being sold at N$850 000 and the most expensive
being N$1,3m, in an auction that was split into two phases, one for first time buyers and the second for all other Namibians. Other growth the city will be seeing includes development in
Goreangab providing temporary employment for over 2800 people, working on 428 new houses, as well as new work Otjomuise, Khomasdal to help alleviate the lack of housing
in Windhoek. Spokesperson for the municipality John Amukugo said,
“The city is seriously addressing the issue of housing in the city.” adding
that the CoW was looking for ways to fast track the processing of land
for use and that it was unfortunate that the high price of housing was
determined by demand as, “the City of Windhoek has no control over
how people should bid.” The Municipal Council is also
working on the the Central Business District improvement Committee, with aims to revive the urban life of
the City Centre.