Tatamutsi water shortage to be addressed soon

18 May 2014 13:30pm
UIS, 18 MAY (NAMPA) - The water shortage at the Tatamutsi informal settlement of the Uis settlement in the Erongo Region will be addressed soon, following the donation of N.dollars 5 million by the Knowledge Foundation here on Thursday.
The donation includes N.dollars 400 000 worth of food to be given to each of the 550 households at Uis - rich or poor - and N.dollars 600 000 which will go towards community projects, most importantly to solve the water problem at Tatamupsi.
Another N.dollars 4 million will go towards the development of the town in general, and to upgrade and train small miners at the town.
Uis is located some 196 kilometres east of Swakopmund in the Daures Constituency.
Daures Constituency councillor Ehrnst Katjiku told Nampa on Saturday there is no specific date when work on the water project will start, but promised it will be done as soon as the money is made available.
Tatamutsi, located a stone’s throw from the main settlement, has a population of about 300 people, most of whom are pensioners farming with small numbers of goats.
There is only one pre-paid water tap from where residents draw water for themselves and their animals.
Many residents have to walk more than 300 metres to that tap for water.
“We plan to put up three or four water tanks around the settlement so that everyone is closer to the water point. Our people here also do not have electricity and flush toilets, and we will continue to solicit funds and bring such services to them,” Katjiku promised.
Many of the residents moved from the main settlement to Tatamutsi in search of land before Namibia’s Independence.
Katjiku said other future developments in his constituency include the upgrading to bitumen standard of the 184-kilometre gravel road between Swakopmund and Henties Bay which passes through Uis to Kamanjab.
This project is expected to kick off before the end of this year.
The construction of auction pans in Uis, the first of its kind in the area, was completed last year.
“The tender for the fencing-off of the Okombahe cemetery has been allocated, and the project will start very soon.
Another N.dollars 500 000-tender for the fencing-off of the sewerage pond in Uis will be advertised soon,” Katjiku told this news agency.