Two local businesses have come up with a solution to utilise locally harvested timber which cannot be exported. The Namibia Press Agency reports that Keller Zabel Investment has entered into an agreement with the developers of the Ongos Valley housing project in Windhoek to supply the doors, stairs and cupboards for the properties to be developed for the next 20 years, with principal contractor Welwitschia Construction planning to build 28 000 housing units over the next 15 to 20 years to address Windhoek’s housing shortfall. Keller Zabel Investment’s George Shikongo explained that they will source the timber from farms in the Kavango regions and transport it to Windhoek for the manufacturing process. Ministry of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism Public Relations Officer Romeo Muyunda said they encourage these types of partnerships in order for the local timber sector to grow and contribute to the local economy.