CoW prioritises development in informal settlements

28 Feb 2017 11:10am
WINDHOEK, 28 FEB (NAMPA) – The City of Windhoek has committed itself to work towards the formalisation all informal settlements in the capital by providing them with all basic amenities such as water and electricity.
Windhoek Mayor Muesee Kazapua said this during the monthly City Council meeting here on Monday.
“I would like to assure you of council’s resolve not to rest until there is a sign of relief in terms of the availability of basic services to the under-served suburbs of the city,” he said.
Kazapua stressed that the council will make targeted decisions which will see special projects specifically aimed at ensuring that informal settlements are formalised and affordable houses are build.
He pledged the City’s continuous commitment to consult members of the public through community meetings in promoting public participation on matters affecting their lives.
“Our doors will therefore remain open for consultations and other discussions aimed at the betterment of the living standards of our people,” he said.
The mayor explained that the council will be guided by its 2017-2022 Strategic Plan, which is in the final stage of finalisation to achieve its goals and objectives.
He thus pleaded with newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, Robert Nandaa Kahimise to accelerate the production of the final version of the guiding document, so that implementation can follow.
Kahimise will be serving in this position for the next five years.
Kazapua urged other councillors to initiate programmes they deem will make immediate, tangible and positive impacts on the socio-wellbeing of the communities and the ultimate improvement of the quality of life of all people.
“We need to set a clear tone of what we want to achieve as political leaders of this institution, as the needs for our communities are growing every minute,” he stated.