Beautification of Uis settlement starts

06 Nov 2015 10:40am
SWAKOPMUND, 06 NOV (NAMPA) – Erongo Regional Governor Cleophas Mutjavikua on Wednesday launched a project which will involve the renovation of more than 80 dilapidated Government houses at Uis settlement.
Uis is located some 196 kilometres east of Swakopmund in the Daures Constituency.
The two-month project, which is called ‘The Beautification of Uis’, is funded by the Namsov Community Trust and Gazania Investment at an amount of N.dollars 250 000.
The project is being implemented through the office of the Governor Mutjavikua.
The first step in the process is pre-renovation work and the painting of the houses.
Updating Nampa about the project on Thursday, the control administration officer in the governor’s office, Edward Gaingob said the pre-renovation work includes fixing cracks on the walls and floors, as well as replacing broken windows.
“These are dilapidated houses which date back to 1960 and have lost their colour. The aim is to make sure the settlement looks good for tourists who are visiting,” said Gaingob.
The work is being done by community members under the supervision of experienced painters and builders.
“The community members receive a small commission for the work, because these are their own houses,” he said.
Gaingob further noted that private houses for community members might be painted after the project is completed if there is still some paint left.
“The regional council wants to keep the settlement in good shape so that if it will be upgraded to village status, it already looks good for our visitors,” the control administration officer said.
The tin and tantalite mining operations in Uis closed down in 1991 because the price of tin dropped.
As such the Uis Village Council was downgraded to a settlement status in 2010 due to economic implications as the council could not sustain its operations.
It is not clear when it will be upgraded back to its original status.