THE conventional method of construction is not cheap anymore because the ingredients of construction like cement, steel and timer are very costly, says Public Rental Board general manager Mesake Senibulu.
Commenting on developments within PRB, Mr Senibulu said it would do well for the construction industry and the nation to look at some innovating methods of construction which could be discussed and implemented for the benefit of many who would be considering home ownership.
"Many people out there could not build a home for themselves because they cannot afford it," he said.
"We anticipate the completion of the Raiwai and Raiwaqa flats in the coming year as well as the construction of around 30 flats in Kalabo."
In terms of revenue, Mr Senibulu said rental collection had been progressing well with more than 90 per cent channelled back to PRB. He said tenants had been advised that rental payment was their responsibility.
"We have some difficult tenants who need a bit of tact in dealing with them. We have a good team on the ground dealing with such matters," he said.
"PRB is a transitional home where people can come in, consolidate their finance, rear up a family and once capable enough to move out then move to home ownership with Housing Authority or others.
"We are not the final stop to housing. The ultimate aim of each family — and one that is being encouraged by PRB — is to own their own homes.
"The matter has been taken differently by tenants who think they come and stay indefinitely with PRB."
Mr Senibulu said this was clearly demonstrated with the old Raiwai and Raiwaqa flats where some tenants had lived there for more than 30 years.
He said they had a three-year tenancy with all tenants and reviewed for extension at their discretion.
"Tenants will not be evicted if they cannot move away. However, all tenants have been encouraged to save up for home ownership and will only be asked to vacate if they are found to be in a position to own a home on their own and not willing to move out," he said.
Meanwhile, construction works on the flats at Raiwai are 50 per cent complete while flats for Raiwaqa are still in their planning stages.