Otavi still to submit transformation plan to Government
The Otavi Town Council is yet to submit their ambitious proposal of transforming themselves into a modern city to the Ministry of Rural and Urban Development, The Villager has learnt.
Otavi Town Council Chief Executive Officer Moses Matyayi told The Villager that “we are not putting the initiative on hold, even though we have not received the go-ahead. We are looking at finalising the strategic plan, and all that needs to be finalised by mid-June as we are now just adding the final touches and the financials needed before submitting it to the Ministry of Rural and Urban Development.”
He said the strategic plans for the town are a balanced scorecard with strategic objectives and initiatives that it has.
Despite the Strategic Development Plan being crafted and being in its final stages, the infrastructural development encompassing the financials is yet to be finalised.
“By the time we launch the five-year strategic plan, we would have figures. After the five-year strategic plan is put in place, we would have a master plan, where we will include other stakeholders,” said Matyayi.
He reiterated that there is a team which will solely work on compiling the master plan based on the objectives set out in the strategic plan, citing that when all these have been completed, they would embark on the implementation phase.
“800-1000 erven have been identified, and proposals have been given for the 1000 erven in a new location to be set up called Extension Six. Consultations are underway, and another location called Extension Five will be finalised as well. We also have an approved study of our roads by the Roads Authority (RA) to revamp our roads, and this is an initiative for the urban design of Otavi”, said Matyayi.
“We are busy finalising the financials of it to ensure that it is a bankable feasibility study. It will look at employing 1000 people during construction, and 300 to 350 permanent employees.
Otavi is also part of a development initiative started by the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and SME Development under a study done by the Walvis Bay Corridor Group called the Spatial Development Initiative.
B2Gold and Ohorongo Cement are also complementary to the development initiatives which Otavi is undertaking. Another project which is being promoted by the Sam Nujoma Foundation with the Agricultural Bank is underway, and it is to construct a modern abattoir,” he enthused.
He added that they are mostly dependent on government funding, although the town also creates funding of its own for certain initiatives.
“Other challenges are things such as social issues within the town. Our town’s inhabitants do not have the necessary confidence. Unemployment and youth despondency, and the lack of youth activities, also plays a role,” said Matyayi.
Currently, the council is busy identifying the different land delivery projects, and until that is completed, the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development will be consulted.
Despite the line Ministry being aware of the town’s strategic highway, it has not yet been officially proposed to it.
by Charmaine Ngatjiheue