14 Feb 2016 08:00am
SWAKOPMUND, 14 FEB (NAMPA) - The municipalities of Walvis Bay and Swakopmund have failed to provide essential services to the residents of Tutaleni and DRC settlements, the Governor of the Erongo Region says.
Cleophas Mutjavikua said this during the first annual Erongo regional leadership consultative session in Swakopmund on Friday.
The one-day meeting was called to engage regional leaders on how to best deliver services and develop the region.
Tutaleni is a settlement in the Kuisebmund residential area of Walvis Bay, where squatting is a serious problem.
Although there are water and electricity networks, backyard shacks is a major problem - almost every house has more than three shacks surrounding it.
The growing population causes this problem, as people go to Walvis Bay in search of jobs in the fishing factories and mines.
Mutjavikua said there is a demand to fast track approaches on land delivery, suggesting that planning should be five years ahead.
We must not wait until we have a burning issue and then react. Town planners should know by now at which level the estimated population growth will be in the next five years.
The governor then advised the Municipality of Walvis Bay to consider developing a suburb behind Dune Seven, because the current available space for residential purposes is not going to accommodate future residential needs.
Collectively, we must come up with a solution for backyard shacks in Tutaleni and Kuisebmund. Let us be strategic and futuristic in our approach. Good Samaritans and the leadership provide blankets and tents when fire strike, but the causes of this fire remains unaddressed, which is shacks, he said as a matter of fact.
On the DRC informal settlement in Swakopmund, he said they have failed to provide housing, sanitation and water to the people in DRC over the last five years.
DRC residents live in shacks, share a few community water taps and have no electricity and toilets.
We had a lot of discussions, but nothing changed apart from a few pipes laid. Our renewed mandate demands that we change this state of affairs. At least the residents must be able to see a significant change if not a 100 per cent change.
Mutjavikua proposed that the Swakopmund Municipality negotiate with private developers to give them land in uptown suburbs on a promise that they will provide water, sanitation and housing for DRC residents.
He noted that through the assistance of the Turkish Embassy, the Office of the Governor acquired two brick making machines last year.
The aim is for residents of Swakopmund, in mainly DRC and Mondesa, and Walvis Bay residents of Tutaleni, Kuisebmund and Narraville to start making bricks and build their houses.
He said the success of this project depends on businesspeople, municipalities and individuals to donate cement, sand and water to be used to make bricks.
The magnitude of the utilisation of the machines and success of this programme will indicate to us whether it can be rolled out to other towns in the region or not, he said.
Local authority and regional councillors, businesspeople, captains of industry, regional education leaders as well as members of the community in Erongo attended the session.