CoW experiences delays in civil services installation

30 Aug 2013 10:10
WINDHOEK, 30 AUG (NAMPA) – Windhoek Mayor Agnes Kafula says the City is experiencing delays in the servicing of land in Otjomuise Extension 10 due to the “sheer magnitude” of the exercise.
Kafula said during the monthly City Council Meeting here on Thursday the council has been involved in the servicing of land in the area through the Targeted Intervention Programme for Employment and Economic Growth (TIPEEG), which was set to be completed at the end of August this year.
“I am, however, informed that due to its sheer magnitude, the project experienced various delays during the civil services installation process. Notable delays were caused by the failure of materials such as soil, because various laboratories could not handle the number of tests on various projects. Such tests inherently take time,” the mayor noted.
She said the installation of civil services is now estimated to be completed by 24 September 2013, if all goes according to schedule.
The delays were also attributed to a protracted legal dispute on electrical installations which was brought before the courts.
“I am happy to inform you that this matter has now been resolved and it is expected that the provision of electricity will commence after 24 September 2013,” she said.
Kafula said the servicing of land through a pilot Public Private Partnership (PPP) project is on schedule, with the first project at Otjomuise Extension Four now fully serviced, while work is in progress on the second project at Academia Extension One.
A total of 116 erven in Otjomuise Extension Four were sold to successful applicants through the ‘offer to purchase’ method.
The offer to purchase method is meant to ensure that the prices of erven remain affordable and are within the reach of the target market.
“I am further pleased to inform you that 71 general residential erven and one institutional plot will be offered on tender as from next month,” said Kafula.
The City of Windhoek has spent over N.dollars 200 million for the servicing of land in Otjomuise Extension Four, Otjomuise Extension 10 and Academia Extension One under TIPEEG.