Mass houses vacant at Swakop
By Adam Hartman
SEEING thousands of mass houses in different stages of completion at Swakopmund's DRC puts the saying “so close, yet so far” in context as thousands of homeless and landless Namibians still wait to own property.
Of all the municipalities participating in the first phase of the mass housing initiative introduced by former President Hifikepunye Pohamba in 2013, Swakopmund got the biggest chunk of the N$2 billion national housing budget for 3 034 houses by 2016. Power-Oyeno (2 034 houses), Ferusa (600 houses) and Delta (400 houses) are the contractors for Swakopmund.
The units sprung up like mushrooms next to the DRC, providing shack dwellers an opportunity to help build the units, but also dream of owning one themselves.