Ohorongo Cement supports provision of community driven houses
True Public Private Partnership became a reality when three private companies joined forces to support the provision of community driven houses for low-income families, by pledging N$3 million to SDFN/NHAG in Otavi.
The escalating demand for low-cost housing in Namibia has reached a crisis point and requires urgent assistance, not only from Government, but also from the Private Sector.
The national housing backlog is estimated to be over 100 000 units, and is increasing by 3700 units on average per annum.
Empathy for fellow Namibians and supporting Government initiatives were the driving factors that motivated Ohorongo Cement, The FNB Namibia Foundation and The Pupkewitz Foundation to join hands in the fight against poverty eradication, by supporting the Shack Dwellers Federation Namibia (SDFN)/Namibia Housing Action Group (NHAG).
The fiscal and economic benefits that accrue when communities encourage the development of affordable homes are rarely taken into account. Healthy communities build a healthy nation and a strong economy.
Instead of trying to run independent in-house initiatives, the three partners decided to work together with reputable organisations like NSDFN/NHAG, who successful results & outcomes.
“There lies great power in joining forces and when we work together, we can affect bigger change, while at the same time, supporting Government initiatives. Initiatives like these create solidarity,” said Hans-Wilhelm Schütte, MD of Ohorongo Cement.