City faces financial challenges: Mayor

17 Feb 2014 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 17 FEB (NAMPA) – Windhoek mayor Agnes Kafula said the City is happy that the boundaries of the capital have been expanded, but financial challenges remain to develop these additions.
Addressing community members of the Mix Settlement on the outskirts of Windhoek on Sunday, Kafula said there are already-existing private farms within the new boundaries of Windhoek, and it will cost her municipality millions of Namibian dollars to buy up such private farms.
Although the Namibian government assisted the City of Windhoek (CoW) to purchase the Mix Settlement, which was a privately-owned farm, it is faced with the challenge of providing basic services here.
These services include water, electricity and sanitation, as well as schools, clinics and roads.
“To put up all these structures is costly, and we understand your concerns. We are coming slowly but surely, and need all of us to plan together,” she stressed.
The planning of the Mix Settlement will be done through community meetings.
The mayor, therefore, appealed to residents of this settlement to be prepared and to render their full cooperation to the officials of the City when they visit it for developmental purposes.
According to an unveiled plan of the CoW, Windhoek will extend southwards to the border with the Hardap Region, including the areas now under the Aris town planning scheme; northwards to the border with the Otjozondjupa Region, including areas now under the Kapps Farm town planning scheme; westwards as far as Baumgartsbrunn; and east to the Seeis area.
The community meeting was organised by the Khomas Regional Council (KRC) through the Office of the Governor of the Khomas Region, Laura McLeod-Katjirua, to hear the challenges faced by residents living at Mix Settlement, and to plan the way forward.