Shack Growth Overtakes Property Ownership in Namibia

By Desie Heita

Windhoek — The pace at which the number of people living in shacks is increasing, especially in urban areas, is frightening compared to the growth rate of conventional house ownership.

In fact, the latest Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) report shows that between 2011 and 2016 there has been a decline in the percentage of the population living in conventional houses and an increase in the percentage of Namibians living in shacks.

"The contributing factors to this pattern were the urbanised regions," says the '2016 Namibia Intercensal Demographic Survey' report released this week.