10 Jul 2014 15:00pm
By Paulus Shiku
KARIBIB, 10 JUL (NAMPA) The Karibib Town Council has managed to peacefully relocate unauthorised settlers with the promise to give them erven, unlike other towns where illegal settlers face forced removal.
Karibib is located in the Erongo Region, approximately 30 kilometres east of Usakos on the B2 road from Swakopmund to Okahandja.
The relocation started last month when the town council approached settlers, and asked that they allow themselves to be relocated so that the land they lived on could be serviced as it does not have any sewerage, water or electricity infrastructure.
Speaking to Nampa on Thursday, the towns mayor David Iipinge said 52 households were relocated from the Usab Extension Two informal settlement to a new reception area behind the Usab residential area.
Our approach to the people was very fair and understandable. We cannot afford to have conflict between us because we have a common objective, that of development, the mayor noted.
All of them were allocated numbers as assurance that once the area is fully-developed into a residential area, they will get the first option to buy the erven they occupied.
However, should they fail to take advantage of the offer which will include affordable pricing, they run the risk of losing the erven to someone else who would be willing to buy it.
Iipinge said the reception area has prepaid water taps and shared flush toilets. It, however, does not have any electricity supply, but the council is hoping to have this problem sorted out in the near future.
We are busy negotiating with the Erongo Regional Electricity Distributor Company (Erongo RED), and once we reach an agreement, they will get electricity, he stated.
The services plus the costs of transport to relocate the illegal settlers is setting the council back with N.dollars 100 000.
Work on the servicing of the land previously occupied is already underway, and is expected to be completed in November this year.
Iipinge said 320 erven are being created on the land.
It will be their choice to choose where they want to buy the erven, whether it is in the reception area where they are now, or at Extension Two where they came from.
We service the land and leave the decision in their hands, he continued.
Only low-income earners are allowed to buy erven in the reception area and at Usab Extension Two.
Iipinge further noted that the relocation exercise is continuing, as there are about 100 more households waiting to be relocated.
I think by the end of this month, we will finish relocating all of them because we have a contractor servicing the area, and we need them to make space, he said.