Windhoek public transport system not coping with demand: Kazapua

18 Nov 2015 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 18 NOV (NAMPA) – The Windhoek Mayor on Wednesday acknowledged that the city's public transport system is no longer coping with current demands for transport to and from the various destinations in and around the capital.
Muesee Kazapua also raised as a serious concern the absence of pedestrian walkways and cycleways along many roads within the city, which in turn has exposed people to become victims of motor-vehicle crashes and accidents on a daily basis.
Speaking at the official launch of the Windhoek City ‘Sustainable Urban Transport Master Plan’ here on Wednesday, the mayor said public transport is one of the core elements that enable the inhabitants of Windhoek to get to their workplaces and to reach other desired destinations within the city comfortably.
“However, the public transport offered by the city to date is not coping with the demand. Time and again, we receive complaints from employers that their employees often arrive at their workplaces late because of the inadequacy in the city's public transport system.”
Kazapua said the City Council has realised that “an inadequate public transport system can be a bottleneck to the development of our economy, which is against our economic dreams.”
On behalf of Council, he applauded the Ministry of Works and Transport for having rendered professional assistance to the council in streamlining Windhoek’s transport infrastructure though their contribution to the master plan.
“This restructuring will not only benefit Windhoek, but it will also benefit the neighbouring towns of Okahandja and Rehoboth, and in the long run it will benefit the whole country.”
He further lauded the government of the Federal Republic of Germany for having availed the needed funds and expertise for the successful implementation of Windhoek's Sustainable Urban Transport Master Plan.
This plan, once fully implemented, will make the public transport system affordable, more attractive and efficient, accessible and safer to the people residing in the capital and surrounding areas such as Okahandja, Hosea Kutako International Airport and Rehoboth.