27 Jan 2017 14:50pm
WINDHOEK, 27 JAN (NAMPA) The City Council has promised to increase its efforts to provide serviced land in the city and to build houses for its residents.
Speaking during the first monthly council meeting, Windhoek Mayor Muesee Kazapua said affordable housing will remain a high priority for the council in 2017.
Our role in guiding development and advocating to our government has never been more important than it is right now, said Kazapua.
He said the council has worked hard to come up with a balanced approach to manage development, and still committed itself in pursuing good quality in development decisions and advocating continued improvement service delivery initiatives.
He noted citizens need for reliable transport and pledged the councils obligation to improve public transport services and other active transport modes in the city.
Kazapua said the City of Windhoek (CoW) is facing many challenges such as bureaucracy, slow service delivery, lack of funding, serious water shortage, increasing population, expanding informal settlements and high demand for affordable land.
As a council, we will need to brace ourselves for tough times ahead and do things differently if we hope for different results, he said.
The mayor said effective governance need to become a central theme that cuts across everything the council does, and going forward, requires the involvement and commitment of both public and private entities.
Therefore, Kazapua called on the CoW management to expedite the finalisation of the final Strategic Plan 2017-2021 to be guided on implementing all aspects for the benefit of all residents.
He said the council should also be guided by the Mayoral Agenda of 2017, which focus on the improvement of the systems of operations and performance; provision of basic services in under-serviced areas; public participation and consultative governance; and clean city initiatives and environment management.