19 May 2017 15:30pm
OSHAKATI, 19 MAY (NAMPA) The Oshana Regional Council and local authorities in the region are collaborating with the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development to significantly deal with the land delivery process.
This was revealed by Oshana Region Governor Clemens Kashuupulwa during his State of the Region address at Oshakati on Thursday.
The well attended event was aimed at reflecting on the implementation of government programmes and projects and highlight future plans for the region.
According to the governor, a total of 3 193 erven were made available and allocated to the public during the 2016/17 financial year.
About 401 houses have been constructed in Oshakati town, of which 92 were constructed under the Mass Housing Programme, 209 by the National [Housing] Enterprise and 100 by private developers, Kashuupulwa said.
The Ondangwa town council is also currently in the process of formalising three of its oldest and historic residential areas, namely; Onguta, Okangwena and Uupopo, the governor noted.
Kashuupulwa said he was confident that once these informal settlements have been formalised, it will not only bring the much-needed municipal services closer to the residents but also accelerate the pace of land delivery in the region.
More formalisation of settlements is envisaged for Evululuko, Oneshila, Efidi proper and Efidi Extension-One in Oshakati and Ongwediva, respectively.
Low Income Earners' ervens are also currently under planning at Onawa, Okaku-Kiipupu and Ehenye in Oshakati.
Kashuupulwa said Government is committed to township planning and mass urban land servicing, in order to afford the Namibian people sufficient land for both residential and businesses.
The proclamation and establishment of new townships plays a critical role in the development process, especially when it comes to land delivery for both these purposes, Kashuupulwa noted.
The governor added that local towns and settlement areas had made remarkable efforts in terms of planning for new townships and town expansion, to be in a position to accommodate future housing and business development in Oshana Region.
Despite challenges faced by the region during the implementation of some development programmes and projects, the governor is confident Government will continue availing support where needed.