The mass housing construction project in Namibia has received massive help from women as they grab the opportunity of learning construction of houses from ground level to roofing.
Some have even gone further to install plumbing and electrical wiring. This has led to the Women in Construction Initiative in Namibia to get five houses out of the 320 that will be constructed in the first phase of the housing project.
Most of the women who have decided to participate in the construction come from Tseiblaagte, which is an informal settlement in the region.
Eugene de Klerk who is an instructor for these women noted that the women were doing a good job.
According to Quinton Visagie who is the acting CEO of Keetmanshoop Municipality involving the women, this has helped prevent unemployment cases in the town. The Women in the construction initiative have 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.
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.
Women in Construction is a program initiated by Namibian Homes and it provides training in plastering and bricklaying to 46 women.