CoW councilors to embark on land delivery workshop

03 Feb 2015 08:30am
WINDHOEK, 03 FEB (NAMPA) – A land delivery retreat aimed at reviewing the City of Windhoek (CoW)'s land sales’ policy and other related policies, will soon be held for Windhoek City councillors and employees.
Windhoek mayor Muesee Kazapua said during the first monthly city council meeting here on Monday that the workshop, which is scheduled to take place early this year, will look at issues holding back the delivery of land; progress on the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model; and issues of illegal land occupation in the city.
“We are ready to work together with our officials and residents in our quest to provide better living conditions for our people”, he stated.
Kazapua said the council has set up the mayoral agenda for the year 2015, which will focus on the provision of basic services in under-serviced areas, land delivery, affordable housing, the improvement of systems of operations and performance, promote economic development, tackle the clean city initiative, corporate social responsibility and public participation and consultative governance.
He thus called on the Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development (MRLGHRD) to expedite the ongoing efforts on local authority reforms which aim to ensure that basic services are provided to the most impoverished sectors of communities at subsidised costs.
“We will continue to count on Government's support, and it is our belief that making considerable inroads in providing these services will have a positive impact in the livelihoods of our residents,” the mayor said.
He said the Council will continue with consultative governance, through community meetings and other platforms, to allow for a participatory leadership.
The amount of rain received recently has helped to up the levels of reservoir dams in the city, which assist them to provide water to residents, he added.
The mayor also called on residents to stop depositing waste anywhere in the city.
“I would therefore like to appeal to our esteemed residents to desist from this unbecoming practice, and to return to our correct way of disposing waste so as to maintain our city’s cleanliness,” he stressed.