11 Aug 2015 09:00am
KEETMANSHOOP, 11 AUG (NAMPA) Residents of the Reception Area residential area at Keetmanshoop received four new water points on Friday.
This means the residents will now have to start paying for water.
Occupants here have been receiving water for free since the establishment of this informal housing area in January this year.
At the time, the Keetmanshoop Municipality registered over 200 inhabitants but the number has swelled with new residents steadily flocking to the town from other parts of the country.
Residents appeared joyful during a demonstration of the water points and loudly cheered, Viva President Hage Geingob! every time water seeped from the taps.
Community development officer, Martin Windstaan explained the steps of obtaining pre-paid water to the residents: after the water is bought, the units are loaded on a token utilised by each household.
Maria Ndara, 19, said: I feel better that we have to pay now because people were wasting the water here when it was free flowing.
Self-employed Martin Mukoka, 35, also expressed delight at the new water points, saying it would bring order but lamented the dirty and broken toilets the residents use.
Eight toilets with hand basins were installed by the municipality in February, with most basins already loose or broken.
Gert Tierspoor, 43, complained about the trash lying in the field next to Reception Area and the B1 national road.
We are ashamed at this mess in our beloved Keetmanshoop. We need dustbins here urgently, he said.
Reception Area is located in the Ileni residential suburb. It is intended to serve as a temporary living area before the relocation of registered and approved applicants of the national mass housing programme.