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Women help to construct homes in Namibia’s Mass Housing Project

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Women in Construction is a program initiated by Namibian Homes. It provides training in plastering and bricklaying to 46 women. The mass housing construction scheme offers women the opportunity to learn how to construct houses from ground to roofing level. Some have even advanced to the stage of installing plumbing and electrical wiring.

About five houses out of the proposed 320 that will be constructed in the first phase of the housing project would be given to the women. The workers are mostly from Tseiblaagte- an informal settlement in the region. This scheme has been on for ten weeks and more women are expected to get involved in the project through an interactive session that takes place in the region every Wednesday.

According to Quinton Visagie- the acting CEO of Keetmanshoop Municipality involving the women, this initiative has helped prevent unemployment cases in the town. The mass housing project in Namibia is a government initiative which aims to deliver up to 185 000 houses by 2030, with 2.5 jobs being created on construction of each house. 10, 278 houses will be constructed annually, which will result in creation of up to 25 700 jobs.

Eugene de Klerk who is an instructor for these women noted that the women were doing a good job.

Source: ConstructionReviewOnline

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