Land-A-Dollar campaign collects N.dollars 234 619

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NAMPA

The Land-A-Dollar campaign launched in 2015 by the University of Namibia (UNAM) Student Representative Council (SRC) has collected N.dollars 234 619 from the public.

The campaign aimed to raise between N.dollars 1 million and N.dollars 3 million to contribute towards land servicing in urban areas.

Organisers handed over 60 per cent of the total amount, which is N.dollars 140 779, to the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development on Thursday.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Audit Partner, Samuel Ndahangwapo said the 40 per cent, N.dollars 93 813, went to the campaign?s consultancy, Easy Advertising.

Ndahangwapo explained that the auditing firm was engaged by UNAM to perform the agreed upon procedures and issue a factual finding report.

He noted that PwC was not involved in every aspect of the counting of the money collected as there were other initiatives, including collecting money from donations via a text message line, which charged N.dollars 3 per text, money transfer mobile application, public dialogues and gala dinners.

"According to actual findings, the money counted from the drums on different days in the presence of the Namibian Police Force was N.dollars 7 482 in cash, whilst the remaining N.dollars 227 137 was from the Namibia Post Ltd (NamPost) bank account collected in other ways," he said.

Accepting the donation, Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sophia Shaningwa, said the initiative stressed the fact that the responsibility and burden of housing as well as of urban land provision cannot be left to Government alone.

She said it requires concerted efforts from both public and private sectors to attain the dream of adequate affordable housing.

"While inadequate and unequal access to housing and urban land is a challenge, it is evident that the initiative is an opportunity of unity of purpose and collective action as well as investment by the government and private sector and the entire community," Shaningwa said.

The campaign drum project ran between August 2015 and February 2017 and more than 300 empty drums of 200 litres each were placed at various locations in 15 towns to collect money from the public.

Launched under the theme,"Setting a foundation for your home", the campaign was overseen by UNAM's Office of the Dean of Students as with all other activities of the SRC and was in response to President Hage Geingob's call for all Namibians to support the land servicing project that kicked off in July 2015 at Goreangab's Extension 4 settlement.

The project stems from a meeting held in Windhoek in July 2015 between Government and the Affirmative Repositioning movement, where it was agreed that local authorities countrywide would identify land to be cleared and serviced for housing development.

The meeting had set a target of about 200 000 plots that should be made available through this process.



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