Witvlei urged to take back undeveloped plots

05 Aug 2015 11:50am
WITVLEI, 05 AUG (NAMPA) - The Witvlei Village Council has been urged to confiscate plots of land at the town that have been lying idle and undeveloped for years, in order to re-allocate it to deserving Namibians.
Deputy Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Christine Hoebes, told local councillors here on Tuesday that such pieces of land at the town were preventing the village council from making money through rates and taxes.
Hoebes made the remarks during a meeting with Witvlei councillors and village council staff, which she held as part of her familiarisation visit to the Omaheke Region.
A concerned Hoebes, who herself hails from Witvlei where she served in various capacities as village councillor and school teacher amongst others, said the village council is not doing enough to bring in revenue for Witvlei.
She said she personally knows of plots that been fenced off by their owners, but on which no development of any kind has taken place.
“Since I came to Witvlei at the age of four I have seen all these plots that are fenced off but up to now no development has taken place on these plots. That is equal to a period of close to 50 years by now.
“Take those plots off and give them to landless Namibians who are in desperate need of land,” she said.
The deputy minister said the provision of land to Namibians is a matter of priority in conformity with President Hage Geingob's conviction that no Namibian should be left out of the proverbial Namibian house.
Hoebes noted that the time has also come for the government to review the operations of “draconian” institutions and organisations formed during pre-independence Namibia, such as the Township Boards.
“We will review all these funny organisations that are making it increasingly difficult for our people to become land and house owners,” she noted.
Hoebes at the same time encouraged Witvlei residents to start saving up money to enable them to purchase plots at the town once they become available.
“There is no point in saying you want land if you cannot afford to buy the land, even at subsidised prices,” she stated.
The deputy minister was scheduled to on Wednesday meet with community members to hear their concerns, before hosting the elderly for lunch.
She is also expected to meet with stakeholders in education within the region, to consult on the ailing fortunes of education in the Omaheke Region.