Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) has been instrumental in developing serviced land for a new community in Eenhana, the capital of Ohangwena Region.

Proclaimed a town in 1999, Eenhana is one of Namibia’s fastest growing urban centres, and serviced land is needed to ensure that the population can continue to grow while reaping the benefits of socioeconomic wellbeing.

Development of serviced land in Portion 5 of Eenhana was undertaken by a public private partnership consisting of Eenhana Town Council, a joint venture between developer Ino Investment Holdings and consulting engineers Lithon Project Consultants, and financier Development Bank of Namibia.

The PPP was the first of its kind, and serves as a model for ongoing and future development of serviced land in Namibia.

Speaking about the project, DBN CEO Martin Inkumbi says the requirements were complex and benefited from multifaceted expertise.

Among the works undertaken were establishment of gravel roads, sleeving for telecommunications infrastructure, water mains and connections to the erven, sewage reticulation, an underground electricity system and infrastructure to lead away stormwater. Following planning by Lithon Project Consultants the works were undertaken by Ino Investments using contractors.

Land was made available by Eenhana Town Council.

The project made provision for 151 residential erven on which 151 single houses can be built and eight general erven on which blocks of apartment units can be built. Two civic erven on which public spaces, playgrounds or sports grounds were provided for. One erf was allocated for business and another two were provided for government institutions.

“Not only does the land has to be suitable for construction through a full range of services, but the entire community has to be planned to make it socially sustainable, hence the requirement for civic erven for recreation and business erven to allow for retail facilities and potential employment opportunities within the community,” says Inkumbi.

The benefit for Eenhana, Inkumbi states, is that the town will be able to attract and keep residents, through the provision of better land and municipal services. This, in turn, makes the town more attractive to enterprises, which in turn will attract more residents.

“At the same time, Eenhana Town Council earns income from rates and taxes which enables it to maintain municipal services as well as service more land and grow the extent of the town.”

Inkumbi expresses satisfaction and pride in the model and the learnings. The model is sustainable, the development benefits are clear and the finance is determined by sales.

“I am therefore opening the door to stakeholders from local authorities and developers to consult the Bank on means to facilitate serviced land.”

In the photo: Following development of serviced land by a PPP financed by Development Bank of Namibia, Eenhana residents have been able to begin constructing homes on Portion 5.