09 Jun 2016 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 09 JUN (NAMPA) - The City of Windhoek (CoW) has announced plans to upgrade the Mix informal settlement outside Windhoek.
The settlement is located some 18 kilometres north of the city, on five farm portions. About 8 000 people, or 700 households, live there in deprived conditions, with a large number of them being unemployed.
The Citys Manager for Corporate Communications and Customer Care, Joshua Amukugo said at a media conference on Thursday a needs and desirability application motivating the development was submitted to the Namibia Planning Advisory Board for consideration in March 2016.
The envisioned township extension will include land uses such as general residential, business, institutional, municipal, cemetery, agricultural, office, government, conservation and private open space.
As part of the town planning procedures, the five farm portions will be consolidated into a single piece of land that will be subdivided into three portions.
Mix proper and Mix Extension one will be established on two portions, while the third portion will be reserved as a road, he said.
Amukugo furthermore noted that water is currently supplied to the settlement via communal stand pipes.
Pre-paid water provision is recommended in the interim while the formalisation is recommended in the interim while the formalisation process is ongoing. A water reticulation network will be designed and implemented to ensure individual connection, he said.
According to the CoW spokesperson, the environmental clearance for the development was obtained from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in January 2014.
The cost estimation of the development including land surveying costs will however only be known once detailed engineering designs have been undertaken.