City sells plots to teens

The City of Windhoek has announced plans to sell 100 zoned residential plots to the youth aged between 16 and 35, as part of the eventual sale of 399 plots in Khomasdal Extension 16.
In November 2014, the municipality received 14,059 applications for residential land from mostly young professionals, who heed calls by the Affirmative Repositioning movement to apply for land.
Sources within the City expressed their unhappiness this week with the decision by City to sell plots to 16 year olds.
“How can the City sell plots to people who are as young as 16? There have been people on the waiting list since the year 2000. A 16-year-old boy or girl has no means of finance. How would they finance these plots?” one source quizzed.
Another source accused the City of creating room for corruption.
“Anyone who already possesses multiple residential plots can still apply for more through their 16-year-old children. The City should offer plots to the young employed people, who are earning an income, even if it’s low, otherwise there is really no transparency there,” the source said.
The National Housing Enterprise (NHE) in June reported that the housing backlog is growing at an annual rate of about 3,700 units. It also noted that the NHE’s waiting list has dramatically increased from 18,000 in 2013 to 76,800 at present.
Speaking to the Windhoek Observer this week, City of Windhoek spokesperson Joshua Amukugo said that the municipality is trying to address the urban housing issue.
“We are trying to address the issue of the housing backlog, despite the financial situation.
“Some other developed erven will soon be made available to the members of the public,” Amukugo said.
The City has 39,290 names on its waiting list, including about 21,000 who are waiting for residential plots in low-cost areas.
Amukugo said that the 100 plots for the youth forms part of the 399 plots that the City is making available. Out of this, 140 plots would be availed to applicants on the council’s waiting list, while 80 will be offered to council employees.
Another 79 plots were earmarked for the general public, but this is now in jeopardy as it emerged this week that the plots would be made available to a local businessman for a Pilot Housing Project.
The youth plots are priced between N$ 84,567.31 and N$ 191,944.74.
The sizes of the offered plots range between 335 and 770 square metres.
“Council will only consider offers from first time buyers, who never owned residential property in Windhoek before or have never taken transfer at the Deeds Office, be that in their own name or as members of a close corporation or in a company in which the majority shareholding was held,” the City said in its advert this week.