21 Dec 2016 08:32am
KALKFELD, 19 DEC (NAMPA) - Residents of Kalkfeld in the Otjozondjupa Region on Monday expressed satisfaction with the installation of portable flush toilets around the settlement.
They have been using the bucket toilet system or relieve themselves in the bush since the formation of the settlement some three decades ago.
Last month, Otjiwarongo Constituency Councillor, Julius Neumbo officially launched the installation of 50 flush toilets for the settlements inhabitants, who are mostly pensioners.
Neumbo on Monday said his office already solicited N.dollars 500 000 for this project that will be done in two phases. He said phase one will see 50 households headed by pensioners receive the flush toilets. Phase two will start in January 2017 when more toilets will be installed for each household.
A manufacturing company based in Otjiwarongo is supplying the materials.
The toilets will be connected to the main sewage pond already existing at the settlement, said Neumbo.
Staff members of the Otjozondjupa Regional Council do the installation of the ablution facilities.
Resident Justice Zariua, 76, told Nampa on Monday the bucket systems was 'hell' for him and his family.
Today, I can tell you that I am happy to see this development happening, said Zariua, referring to the flush toilets.
Another resident, Phillip Hipondoka, said the installation of toilets has already uplifted the settlement.
He said 31 toilets have already been installed since 14 November 2016.
Hipondoka called on the Otjozondjupa Regional Council to speed up the exercise for all residents.
The Kalkfeld settlement is situated approximately 70 kilometres south west of Otjiwarongo. It was proclaimed a village in 1991, but later downgraded by Government to a settlement due to lack of economic activities and development.
The settlement has a population of nearly 5 000.