Ipinge promises to develop Neu Sommerau, Gam and Kalkfeld

18 Jun 2016 11:10am
OTJIWARONGO, 18 JUN (NAMPA) - The governor of the Otjozondjupa Region on Friday promised to develop the Neu Sommerau government resettlement farm, Gam and Kalkfeld over the next five years.
Otto Ipinge made the promise during his State of the Region address on Friday at the Swanevelder Community Hall in Otjiwarongo.
He said after his appointment as governor in April 2015, he undertook a familiarisation visit to all seven constituencies, and visited all five local authorities in the region at Okahandja, Otjiwarongo, Okakarara, Otavi and Grootfontein to acquaint himself with socio-economic activities there.
Ipinge said during his regional visits he found that the Kalkfeld settlement, situated some 70 kilometres south-west of Otjiwarongo; the Neu Sommerau government resettlement farm about 40 kilometres east of Otavi; and Gam settlement situated some 370 kilometres east of Grootfontein lag behind in terms of development in the region.
“I declared these areas as areas in need of special development attention from my office, and I am now calling on all Government departments and agencies to focus more attention and relevant responses to the needs of people residing in these areas,” Ipinge said.
According to the Population and Housing Census of 2011, Neu Sommerau has a population of less than 2 000, and largely depends on crop and livestock farming for income.
Most of the farmers’ children attend primary school in Kombat some 10 kilometres away from the farm.
There are no other major economic development activities on the farm.
Kalkfeld was in 1991 proclaimed a village, but was downgraded in 1996 by Government to a settlement due to a lack of economic activities and growth.
The Gam settlement in the Tsumkwe Constituency has less than 5 000 inhabitants whose livelihood is mainly derived from livestock farming.
Most of the residents of Gam and the surrounding areas are San people.
Speaking shortly after the State of the Region address, Okakarara Constituency Councillor Vetaruhe Kandorozu said the governor’s observation on these three areas reflects the reality on the ground.
Kandorozu said the regional leadership must work hard to develop some of these areas and grow them to the level of village councils.
Over 2 000 people were present during the regional address.