Karibib's plans for expansion set

24 Oct 2013 14:00pm
KARIBIB, 24 OCT (NAMPA) – The Karibib Town Council is going into agreements with private developers to meet the high demand for land currently being experienced at the town.
Acting Chief Executive Officer, Matjandjara Katurota told Nampa recently the council is experiencing challenges when it comes to the servicing of land, hence the decision to go into private partnerships with developers in order to speed up the process of land delivery.
Plans for the scheme are however yet to be submitted to the Township Board, which is the statutory body responsible for all technical aspects of towns in Namibia.
“Council has given consent and allocated land to the developers to start with the process while we are waiting for the Township Board’s approval. The agreement with the developers will include giving them unserviced land to service,” Katurota said.
She added that a consultant has been appointed who is currently communicating with the Board to finalise the matter.
The new development was necessitated by the influx of people into Karibib and will, amongst others, comprise more than 1 000 high- and low-income residential erven, a truck port, two shopping centres and a medical complex for private doctors.
Six-hundred erven will be developed next to the Usab residential area in a bid to move informal settlers currently living there, to the new development.
A total of 379 new erven will also be developed in the town area, while another 540 erven have been earmarked for Extension Three.
An additional 26 high-income residential erven valued at N.dollars 3,9 million will also be developed.
Katurota went on to say that at the moment, council does not have enough funds to service the entire area, and funds availed by the Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development for this purpose is not sufficient.
“The demand is there, it is now up to the developers to address the market,” she noted.