Electrification of informal settlements high on CoW agenda

02 Jul 2017 11:30am
WINDHOEK, 02 JUL (NAMPA) – The supply of electricity to informal settlements in the capital is one of the City of Windhoek’s (CoW) main priorities in the current financial year.
Chairperson of the CoW Management Committee, Mathias Amadhila announced this on Thursday when he tabled the City’s budget estimates for the 2017/18 financial year.
The CoW has budgeted N.dollars 20 million for the electrification of informal settlements.
The capital budget also makes provision for N.dollars 1 million for sanitation projects in the same areas.
Sylvester Kazapua, a community activist for the Sewende and Agtste Laan informal settlements in Windhoek, told Nampa on Saturday they are grateful to be considered in the budget.
Kazapua said the lack of electricity, amongst many other problems, also makes women feel unsafe as they are easier prey for attackers in the dark.
He then called for more police patrols in the informal settlements to reduce crime.
“If both the national and City Police are more visible in informal areas of the capital, people with criminal intentions will not have a chance to execute their plans,” Kazapua said.
Councillor Joseph Kauandenge of the National Unity Democratic Organisation suggested that all informal settlements be formalised before being connected to the national electricity grid.