ILMI Updates: November-December 2016 (End of Year)
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ILMI Updates: November-December 2016 (End of year)

We would like to wish all our partners and allies a good end of the year, as well as an excellent start of 2017.

ILMI ends the year with the excellent news that our bid for the revision of the blueprint and the development of a strategy to guide the implementation for the Mass Housing Development Programme (MHDP) has been chosen by the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development (MURD). We sincerely hope that this becomes the chance to contribute to national urban development through the existing expertise at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). We will report more on this on the next delivery of our updates.
HABITAT III: A delegation from Namibia took part in the Habitat 3 conference in Quito. Led by the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development, the Action Plan for the country will be developed in the coming months. ILMI will be organising an event on this during the first part of 2017.
> Read the 'New Urban Agenda' here.
> Read also critiques to Habitat 3 in terms of social inclusion (from The Guardian, here), lack of involvement of scientists (from ICSU, here), and its profit-driven approach (from Deutsche Welle, here).

ILMI will organise events throughout 2017 to discuss the significance of this high-level event to the local socio-spatial reality of Namibia.
FEATURE The UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing launches a new website, and global campaign to make housing be seen as predominantly a human rights issue (see here).
Land, livelihoods and housing news in Namibia

November 2016

PPP bill tabled; CoW sees it puts property developers at an advantage by partnering with financiers. (Note here)
Bill banning foreign agricultural, commercial and communal land is tabled in Parliament. (Note here)
Land bill containing ‘only administrative’ matters withdrawn from National Assembly; to be tabled next year. (Note here)
Namibia Estate Agents Board to lead a joint effort to clamp down activities on real estate matters without certification. (Note here)
Namibia’s first wind power generation project to start operations in 2017. (Note here)
Housing, one of the sectors promoted at the Invest in Namibia conference this month; deals are also signed. (Note here and here)
The perils of communal land sales documented in recent stakeholder meeting in Oshana region. (Note here)
Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia speak of their recent achievements. (Note here)
4,000 applications for 100 plots of land in Khomasdal. (Note here)
Being an elected local authority and keeping a full-time job, a challenge: ALAN. (Note here)
“if we don’t address the imbalances that exist, we are placing our peace and stability in jeopardy”: President Geingob. (Note here)
Show houses to be built in Walvis Bay; 900 houses to be built thereafter. (Note here)
Italian construction company benefiting from Government projects halves workers’ pay. (Note here)
‘Elite township’ south of Windhoek, issued an environmental warning, as it might have impact on water supply of city. (Note here)
The cost increase of building materials, documented by local economist. (Note here)
Minister urges residents neighbouring universities to facilitate accommodation to students; encourages to develop PPPs. (Note here)
Dundee Precious Metals opens sulphuric plant in Tsumeb, and clears health and environmental hazards doubts. (Note here)
Mass Housing conflicts with regards to profits between contractors and developers continue. (Note here)
Selected candidate for CoW CEO declines offer; earns bigger salary in the private sector. (Note here)
A trans-national conservancy: report on conservation and tourism development between Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. (Note here)
Rehoboth Town Council faces service delivery protests; Ministry of Urban and Rural Development asked by inhabitants to intervene. (Note here)
Auditor General’s reports on the City of Windhoek analysed by journalists; losses reported. (Note here)
Mass Housing contractor owes workers payment; group threatens to destroy houses built in Swakopmund, stop managing director’s luxury vehicle. (Note here)
Omaruru residents march in response to lack of response of Municipality regarding a number of service delivery, land allocation, and housing issues. (Note here)
The everyday aspect of waste collection in Windhoek captured in candid feature in The Namibian. (Note here)

December 2016

Entities producing solar power can now sell excess that they feed to the national grid. (Note here)
A N$27,000 debt to housing para-statal to leave woman homeless. (Note here)
Land applications to public figures in sports and politics questioned. (Note here)
Contractors benefitting from Mass Housing tenders still unable to provide details on the way forward on unfinished houses and missing payments to workers. (Note here)
Minister of Urban and Rural Development calls upon Local Authorities to “emulate the good example” of Oshakati in land delivery; expresses publicly disappointment on City of Windhoek’s performance with regards to land delivery. (Note here)
Bank of Namibia to effect loan-to-value ratios for second or subsequent home loans as from 2017. (Note here)
Police warns on housebreakings during holiday season. (Note here)
Call for input on Land Reform bill deemed as inadequate by activists and specialists. (Note here)

Survey by Construction Industries Federation (CIF) indicates that debt owed to 115 contractors by Government exceeds N$1billion. (Note here)
Minister of Finance clarifies that Government will honour payments, asks construction industries to pay taxes due. (Note here)

Questions raised by land allocations in Oshakati. (Note here)
Oshakati’s acting CEO responds on the rationale behind the allocations. (Note here)

Walvis Bay reports on land and housing related expenditures since 2015. (Note here)
Families report inadequacy of relocations in Eenhana. (Note here)
Traditional Authorities dispute land and illegal fencing in the Omusati region. (Note here)

Deputy Minister of Land Reform is asked for resignation due to comments regarding Minister; new Deputy Minister named. (Note here)
Public Enterprise Transformation Project announced; main aim to ensure higher efficiency. (Note here)
About ILMI The Integrated Land Management Institute is a centre of the Faculty of Natural Resources and Spatial Sciences (FNRSS) at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) committed to develop reputable and multidisciplinary research and public outreach activities in the field of land administration, property, architecture and spatial planning.
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