27 Sep 2013 05:30
AUS, 27 SEP (NAMPA) A mortuary facility was inaugurated at the Aus settlement State Clinic in the !Nami≠Nüs Constituency of the //Karas Region on Thursday.
The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) constructed the building and Anglo American Namibia Foundation (AANF) donated the mortuary cabinet at a cost of N.dollars 86 000. The cabinet can accommodate three corpses at once.
Before this new facility, Aus residents transported corpses to a mortuary in Lüderitz, some 120 kilometres away, at their own costs, and sometimes the settlement office assist them with transport.
In his speech, Nami≠Nüs Constituency Councillor Jan Scholtz thanked the AANF for their continuous support for economic change in the //Karas Region.
The politician noted that unlike before, things are moving in the right direction, and positive things are happening for this small settlement.
He highlighted some of the development projects completed and those in progress at Aus, such as the sewerage reticulation Phase One and Phase Two to be completed in November this year. This will get rid of the bucket system used now.
The rehabilitation and commissioning of six boreholes to enable enough water supply was completed, and the paving of the one-kilometres B4 link road has also been completed.
Scholtz said soon the settlement can expect the handing over of 26 houses under the alienation scheme to pensioners and destitute families.
Furthermore, he said, the surveying and demarcation of nearly 90 erven are also in good progress for the social housing to commence very soon.
Land was allocated for the construction of a lodge and second service station to be situated along the B4 road - one kilometre to Rosh Pinah. This will bring employment and subsequently boost the economy of Aus, he said.
The councillor indicated that his office is hard at work, nurturing and driving socio-economic development in the whole constituency through the support of the //Karas Regional Council, central Government and partners such as AANF.
On his part, Richard Cook, the manager of AANF, said their aim is to make a change in the lives of Namibian people, and urged the communities to continue submitting their development proposals for consideration.
Knock on our doors and we will help. We are here to change lives. Next we will construct small clinics in Area 7 and Vaalgras village, Cook promised.
Scholtz confirmed that land is already availed by the Lüdertitz Town Council for a clinic in Area 7, saying it is just the paperwork now being finalised before the construction starts early next year.