“Tamariskians” happy over sewage project

Residents of Franziska van Neel- and Smith Streets in Swakopmund’s Tamariskia suburb is welcoming the relocating of the sewer system in the area. The sewer system runs through the backyards of these residences. That includes manholes located on properties’ backyards.

The municipality of Swakopmund commenced with a civils project in November last year to relocate the entire system to street level, thereby ending periodic flooding of properties with raw sewage and municipal employees that has to enter premises by breaking open gates or jumping walls to get to the affected areas.
The sewer line dates from the 1970’s and the growth of Tamariskia in the sewer line following a route through backyards. Periodic flooding led to loss of property, unhygienic conditions, and much frustration.
The municipality of Swakopmund plans to conclude with the relocation works by October this year. The people of Franziska van Neel- and Smith Streets will at last have relief.
In the meantime, residents are urged to be patient, as the work can disturb their daily life patterns and drivers are also asked to exercise caution in the area.

Facebook post of Yvonne von Holtz shortly after the news broke late on Wednesday afternoon.
Von Holtz is a well-known personality in Swakopmund’s tourism industry. It is fair to state von Holtz spoke on behalf of tens of thousands of Namibians who are saddened by the airline’s closure.
In an urgent notice on Wednesday evening Air Namibia’s management announced all flight operations were cancelled, effective Thursday 11 February. All aircraft had to return to base. The reservation system for all bookings were also suspended with immediate effect and passengers were advised to apply for ticket refunds.
“I am working in the travel industry for several decades. Air Namibia has been part of my whole life, and it is sad to see it disappear”, a seasoned travel agent in Walvis Bay said on Thursday morning. Adding, air travellers were out in their numbers since Thursday morning scrambling for refunds and looking at alternative airlines to travel.
Air Namibia has been mismanaged for decades as a state-owned enterprise. Not only financially, but successive waves of cadre deployment, in favour of the politically connected, lead to the eventual demise of Air Namibia.
Whether it has been a carefully orchestrated process or by chance, some people contacted by Namib Times argue Air Namibia has been set up for failure, in order to make way for a new airline that is partially owned as “silent partners” by members of Namibia’s political elite. Although names were mentioned, this must be treated as speculation until concrete evidence can be presented.

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