Okahandja Park 'Safety Plan' officially launched

11 Feb 2015 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 11 FEB (NAMPA) - The Association for Local Authorities in Namibia (ALAN) president Agnes Kafula officially launched the Okahandja Park Safety Plan 2014 to 2017 here on Wednesday.
Kafula said the safety plan is a product of a series of interventions aimed at promoting caring communities.
The plan was established under the partnership programme of Community and Local Authority-Based Violence Prevention.
“Local Authorities have recognised that municipalities are important to the ongoing efforts aimed at making Namibia a safe country, because they are best positioned to identify local safety concerns and conditions which contribute to the spread of violence,” she said.
Kafula stated that ALAN conducted a safety audit and drafted the safety plan which is aimed at addressing crime and violence within the country.
The audit and draft of the plan was conducted in partnership with the Urban Trust Namibia, Namibia Association of Local Authorities' Officers (NALAO) and the Namibia Non-Governmental Organisation Forum (Nangof) Trust.
It was made possible with the financial support from the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA).
She indicated that the plan was piloted in Helao Nafidi, Rehoboth and Okahandja park in 2011 and 2012, and has proven viable.
The plan is set to look at issues such as improving community infrastructure, municipal services and facilities, effectively managing alcohol consumption, improving learning, and creating sustainable employment, amongst others.
It further hopes to see Okahandja Park residents enjoy quality of life that reflects their rights, values and aspirations as enshrined in the Namibian Constitution.
Kafula said ALAN will continue to strive to build and develop partnerships which will take the planned initiative forward and monitor the implementation process.
“The lessons learned and experienced are not only valuable to the Okahandja Park Community, but to the entire country,” she stated.