05 Jun 2016 10:30am
SWAKOPMUND, 05 JUN (NAMPA) - More than 600 kilometres of road in the Erongo Region will be upgraded to bitumen standard and/or refurbished by 2019 as part of the Harambee Prosperity Plan.
Erongo Regional Governor Cleophas Mutjavikua said this on Friday during his state of the region address in Swakopmund.
The gravel roads to be tarred are Section A of 60 kilometres (km) from Swakopmund to Henties Bay and Section B (about 123km) from Henties Bay to the Uis settlement.
Earthwork on these two sections is currently underway.
Another gravel road of approximately 120km between Uis and Khorixas will also be tarred, while the gravel road that connects Swakopmund to Walvis Bay behind Dune 7 (about 65km) will also be upgraded to bitumen standard.
The 60km tarred road between Omaruru to Karibib, which is full of potholes, is already being renovated, said the governor.
Renovations will also continue from Karibib to Swakopmund and further to Walvis Bay on the B2 Road. This distance is about 235km.
The governor said overall, the region is doing very well in terms of development. However, there are challenges such as the ongoing illegal strike by seafarers at Walvis Bay and drought faced by communal farmers in the rural areas.
About 1 000 fishers in Walvis Bay and 250 in Lüderitz downed tools on 26 October last year, citing unfair labour practices and mistreatment.
Also speaking at the event, Chief Regional Officer Natalia /Goagoses voiced disappointment in the communitys lack of attendance.
The event was mostly attended by local and regional authority councillors, traditional leaders and captains of industry, and less than 10 community members.
This is very disappointing and it should not be allowed to continue. The governor is here to update us on development progress but the community opt not to attend, yet they are the first to complain when they misunderstand things, she said.
/Goagoses said she would love to see good attendance next year, as the region needs to pull in the same direction for progress.
The HPP, launched by President Hage Geingob in April this year, aims to fast-track development to provide prosperity for all people and reduce poverty.