SDFN members promised free land in Otjozondjupa

20 Apr 2016 15:40pm
OTJIWARONGO, 20 APR (NAMPA) - Otjozondjupa regional and local authority councillors on Tuesday agreed to make land available for free to members of the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia (SDFN) in the region.
The agreement was made at a one-day consultative meeting called by the Otjozondjupa Regional Governor, Otto Ipinge at his office.
“We need to deliver land for free or at a reduced price to members of the SDFN in this region,” said Ipinge, who organised the meeting to discuss development activities in different Otjozondjupa towns and constituencies of the Otjozondjupa Region.
The meeting was attended by constituency councillors, mayors, chief executive officers (CEOs), and chairpersons of the towns’ management committees from Okahandja, Okakarara, Otjiwarongo, Otavi and Grootfontein.
They unanimously resolved that “virgin land” (unserviced land) will be given for free to the SDFN members on request.
Alternatively, such land will be sold to them at less than N.dollars 10 per square metre.
Given or sold to the SDFN members, the unserviced land must be used by the members to build houses for themselves. The idea now has to be tabled at each local authority for a resolution to be passed and the number of plots available to be identified.
The meeting also resolved that a regional food distribution centre, similar to the much anticipated food bank, will be started in Otjiwarongo before the end of June this year, on a pilot basis, before the idea is fully rolled out in the region’s seven constituencies.
A committee comprising the Otjozondjupa Chief Regional Officer, Jeaneth Kuhanga; Otavi CEO Moses Matyayi; and Otjiwarongo CEO Ismael /Howoseb was established.
The committee was tasked to collect quotations on how much it will cost to renovate a municipal hall behind the Orwetoveni Municipality Offices, as well as on the number of cooling facilities needed to store food there.
The Otjozondjupa Regional Council will, until further development in the initiative, be the source of foodstuffs that are to be distributed to those in need.
The Otjozondjupa Regional Council committed approximately N.dollars 400 000 for the start of project.
All those who were present at the meeting supported the ideas and promised to attend a similar meeting in May this year to discuss progress and implementation.