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CoW staff to get land

04 December 2015 Author   Sonja Angula

front 4 dec 2015The City of Windhoek has exclusively reserved 56 plots to staff members out of 280 plots that will become available to the public early next year, the Windhoek Observer has learned.

 

The City’s Corporate Communication Manager, Joshua Amukugo confirmed the development on Monday saying the move will appease the City’s 2100 staff members who had for long complained about the unavailability of land.

“People have been complaining that they are being ignored by their employer to be given plots considering that the institution is the custodian of land,” Amukugo said.

He however said the plots would be given to City employees who have never owned land before.

Council minutes from a meeting held on September 22 seen by the Windhoek Observer resolved that 20 percent of the plots that would be made available to the public as from early next year be set aside for the City’s staff.

The plots in question comprises of 86 ervens in Khomasdal Extension 16, 66 ervens in Otjomuise Extension 5, erf 2317 which comprises of 63 units situated east of Otjomuise Road , and 65 ervens from  cancelled auction sales.

Council minutes also reveal that the sales conditions of the plots to the City staff were already submitted to the property manager on November, 11, 2015.

The City’s Property Manager Elly Shipiki explained that City will draw up a competitive sale scheme for the staff members.

“These ervens to staff are a part of fringe benefits that were already allocated to them; there are part of the conditions of being an employee here,”Shipiki said.

“Everything will be sorted when we go for approval of the sales conditions early next year and they will be offered to purchase documents which will address the terms and conditions of sale to ensure a fair and transparent process.

“Criteria to allocate and the terms and conditions will be tabled before council and information in this regard will be availed to the public.

“At each and every critical stage information will be availed because the public must take note that every bulk sale is a process,” Shipiki said in an email response to questions sent by the Windhoek Observer. 

Asked what criteria will the City use to select the 56 staff members that will benefit, Shipiki explained that the 20 percent offer will be an on-going process, which will see staff members going through “credit checks”.

“We are going to select only first time buyers and staff members who are able to afford the plots. It will not be a special preference to them because there will be no discounts or whatsoever,”Shipiki said.

Minister of urban and rural development Sophia Shaningwa did not respond to questions.

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