21 Oct 2015 17:10pm
DIVUNDU, 21 OCT (NAMPA) Residents, investors and business people at Divundu have expressed optimism that more business and employment opportunities will be created with the proclamation of the settlement as a village council.
Divundu was proclaimed and gazetted by Government as a village council on 30 April 2015.
The settlement was supposed to be proclaimed a village three years ago, but did not meet certain requirements of a village council.
In an interview with Nampa on Wednesday, the senior public relations officer (PRO) at the Kavango Regional Council (KRC), Olavi Haikera said with the proclamation, Divundu will have its first Local Authority elections next month.
The elections will see five political councillors from various participating political parties battling it out come November.
The village council has already geared itself towards serving inhabitants of the town better with the construction of the councils office currently underway, Haikera said.
The office will be situated adjacent to the Okavango River.
The councils office is being constructed at a cost of N.dollars 9 million and is expected to be completed towards the end of this current financial year.
The office at Divundu is currently managed by the Chief Control Officer of the settlement, Frans Kaundu, along with eight other staff members.
Haikera said several services visible at the village include the erection of street lights, which has already been completed.
A contractor has also already been appointed to set up roads, while another contractor is currently bust putting up a bulk water supplier in and around Divundu, he indicated.
The village currently boasts 38 houses built by the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia, as well as 62 houses made possible by the Build Together Programme.
With Divundu being the urban area that runs across the Okavango River, the KRC PRO said the town will boost business and investment opportunities as it shares strategic borders with Botswana and Angola along the Trans-Caprivi highway.
There are opportunities for the establishment of more shopping complexes and banking institutions, amongst others, Haikera said.
The village currently has only one filling station and Haikera said locals have proposed the need for alternative service stations. Common complaints are that the sole operating filling station runs out of fuel almost on a daily basis and is unable to cope with the growing demand for fuel in the area.
Some agencies and ministries which have already established their offices here are the Ministry of Agricultures extension department, Prison and Correctional Services, and the Namibian Police Force.
Others are set to follow suit.
Haikera told this news agency the general feeling amongst business people at Divundu is excitement at the immense benefits the proclamation of Divundu as a village council will bring.
The business people say investors will be more willing to invest in the area as they will have title deeds to land, a situation that will also translate into more employment opportunities for the local communities.
Locals are of the view that they will no longer have to travel long distances of about 200 kilometres to Rundu or Botswana for services, as they will now be readily available.
Sentiments have also been expressed that those who will run the village, including politicians, should work hard to develop it into a town, which will be even more attractive to investors.