Arandis, Karibib at the top, Usakos at standstill

Karibib and Arandis are the two flagship towns of the Erongo Region showing best practices. This view Governor Cleophas Mutjavikua stated in his recent State of the Region address, which was held in Swakopmund. While praising these two towns, Mutjavikua noted with concern that “work has come to a standstill in Usakos.”

During his State of the Region Address Mutjavikua touched on all aspects in his region, one of them being the developments in many of the towns and settlements in Erongo. “Usakos remains a concern to all of us in the leadership as it is still operating without a CEO for the last three years. We are in consultation with the Ministry to get a new CEO in place to ensure that the municipality gets up and running again,” he said. The Governor showed further concern for both coastal hubs Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, which continue to experience serious residential erven and housing shortages. “The challenge of both Tutaleni and DRC is still on our to-do list,” he said, although the housing shortage has been an issue since the beginning of his tenure. According to Mutjavikua the discussions to construct a new suburb at Farm 37 close to Walvis Bay are at an advanced stage. This new suburb known as “Green Village” is earmarked for the ultra-low income category. “No shacks will be allowed, but residents will have to make use of the brick machines that had been donated to the region by the Turkish Development agency,” he said. Furthermore the Governor said that discussions are taking place between the Regional Council, the Office of the Governor and the Swakopmund Municipality to emulate the example of Walvis Bay, by coming up with another ultra-low income suburb east of DRC. “The metropolitan area of Walvis Bay/ Swakopmund is growing at an alarming rate and more residential ervens should be made available and we must pull in the same direction in the spirit of Harambee,” he said. Concerning other town in the region Mutjavikua praised Henties Bay. The town won the recent “Dorp van die Jaar” competition hosted by Kwêla (kyknet). “This is a testimony to all other towns to go there and study good practices,” he said. The Governor was also pleased about recent developments in Omaruru.
“An Acting CEO had been seconded to Omaruru and he brought stability to the town. I have a positive outlook for Omaruru,” he said. After a court battle dragging on for many years about the future of the small settlement Wlotzkasbaken, Mutjavikua now wishes to bring affordable development to the settlement. “Wlotskasbaken is a settlement administered by the Erongo Regional Council. So far 116 plots had been occupied and 142 plots had been demarcated, planned and surveyed,” he said. Currently the Erongo Regional Council is busy with a study to determine what types of services are needed and what the cost implication thereof will be. Concerning the future of Wlotzkasbaken Mutjavikua said that the acquisition of the new plots will be advertised in the media at an appropriate time. “The Erongo Regional Council is aware that Namibians who applied in the past had their applications nullified by the Court,” he said in this regard.

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