AR starts project to upgrade shacks in Windhoek's informal settlements

AR starts project to upgrade shacks in Windhoek's informal settlements

The Affirmative Repositioning Movement (AR) has embarked on a project of upgrading makeshift houses in Windhoek's informal settlements to decent homes.
The movement is using alternative building materials to upgrade the shacks and installing solar electrification, water tanks and flushing toilets.
The first upgraded house has been completed in the Babylon informal settlement.
It has been handed over to a 55-year-old man, who has been living in the small shack for over 20 years.
AR leader Job Amupanda says the idea was necessitated by many incidents of shacks being washed away by rains and wind storms leading to loss of lives.
He says the main aim is to restore the dignity of the vulnerable masses by giving them a safe dwelling.
The movement now wants to upgrade 20 shacks which would be handed over to the City of Windhoek for relocation and evacuation of people at risk of floods and in incidents of disease outbreaks.
City of Windhoek's Manager for Human Resettlement, Faniel Maanda, explained that the City is aware of the plight of its inhabitants, but the continuous influx of people from rural areas put a burden on the city to provide basic services for all.