The Minister of Urban and Rural Development Sophia Shaningwa has handed over 40 housing units to the their beneficiaries on Tuesday the 16th of January 2018.

Shaningwa expressed delight at the prompt delivery of the houses to the needy, “instead of having houses lying idle and being exposed to risk such as vandalism,” she said at the handover.

“I wish to commend the developers and the Municipality for the partnership and for the expeditious manner in which they delivered the work in this phase of the project. It is gratifying to note that further 360 residential units are going to be constructed in the second phase. This is a commendable job and I look forward to the speedy delivery of these houses,” she said.

She added that the challenges of housing and urban land delivery are not insurmountable if the government, private sector and the community pull resources and effort together and pursue inclusive, equitable and innovative strategies such as Public Private Partnerships (PPPs).

She also added that the Central Government through the Ministry and the Office of the Attorney General has been providing financial and legal support respectively to Local Authorities who are seeking to explore and enter into mutually beneficial agreements with private developers in the areas of housing development and urban land servicing.

The Mayor Cllr Bennes Haimbondi delivered the welcoming remarks, while the Deputy Mayor Cllr Moderatha Shaduka closed the event with a vote of thanks.



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