Land still a major challenge in Khomas Region

25 Jan 2017 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 25 JAN (NAMPA) – Land remains a major challenge in the Khomas Region, Chairperson of the Khomas Regional Council, Rachel Jacob has said.
She said this at the official opening of the council for 2017, adding that there has been a shortage of serviced residential and institutional land to build schools and hospitals amongst others.
Jacob said the shortage of serviced land has also resulted in illegal land occupation, especially at the Groot Aub settlement in the Windhoek Rural Constituency, where such incidences were reported earlier this year.
“We are engaging the City of Windhoek and other developmental partners to see how best we can solve the issue,” said the chairperson.
Aging infrastructure is another concern for the council. Some of the challenges here include dilapidated school hostels and health facilities, as well as worn-out sewerage systems.
She gave her assurance that they are engaging the relevant government ministries to find lasting solutions to these problems.
The lack of water both within and outside the municipal areas also poses a major challenge, especially at places such as Groot Aub.
Jacob said over the past few months, the council has been engaging the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry as well as water management experts to find a lasting solution to the water problem in Groot Aub.
Six boreholes were drilled at Groot Aub but with the persistent drought over the years, there is not enough underground water.
“We are still deliberating on this issue in order to find other viable solutions to this problem,” Jacob said.