//Kharas prepares development strategy

18 May 2017 12:00pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 18 MAY (NAMPA) – The //Kharas Region will soon initiate a development strategy that is expected to have a huge impact on the region’s inhabitants, //Kharas Regional Council Chairperson, Jan Scholtz declared on Wednesday.
Political and administrative representatives of the region are gathered in Keetmanshoop this week to thrash out plans and ideas that will form part of the five-year strategic plan.
Scholtz said the focus of the five-day meeting is to develop out-of-the-box solutions that will uplift the livelihoods of the region’s people.
He identified lack of coordination as one of the flaws that have hampered development in the region thus far.
“The strategy will bind all development partners together toward a common objective where we meet and exceed regional and national targets.”
He said the region’s inhabitants are poor, a situation exacerbated by lack of skills and inadequate education.
“Our children drop out from school. Young people are jobless and homes have no food on the table. This strategy will underscore the importance of education.”
Though strategic plans for the region have been developed in the past, the chairperson said the new plan will be different and “much more serious” in that it is backed by greater introspection.
“We had a chance to go through our Census Regional Profile of 2011 and the statistics are worrisome. Our action cannot be a walk in the park, but a sincere effort to give our people hope.”
Scholtz told Nampa on the side-lines of the meeting that history will judge the region’s leaders of today, “if we don’t do anything while sitting with diamonds and fish”.
He said the strategic plan will explore and outline all individual opportunities available in each village and town in correlation with Government capital projects and other investments.
“My message is that we cannot sit in a corner and wait and blame. The plan will be there to guide us and we must be action-driven to make development in our region happen.”
The meeting attended by councillors, regional heads of decentralised ministries, village and local authority chief administrators, and regional council managers started on Monday and ends on Friday.
Next, according to Scholtz, the plan will be refined by a more centralised team, inclusive of //Kharas Governor Lucia Basson, who will define specifics of the plan.