CoW allocates N.dollars 25 million for sanitation

15 Jul 2017 09:50am
WINDHOEK, 15 JUL (NAMPA) – The City of Windhoek (CoW) has allocated N.dollars 25 million from its 2017/18 budget for the electrification and sanitation of informal settlements.
This was revealed by its Chief Executive officer, Robert Kahimise at the launch of CoW’s Transformational Strategic Plan (2017 to 2022) and structural alignment programme, which is to serve as a guiding framework in decision making within the organisation.
“The City will prioritise the need for the improvement of sanitation and electrification in the new strategic plan in the informal areas,” Kahimise said here on Friday.
He emphasised that in the past CoW supplied these areas with so-called communal toilet facilities, but the excessive maintenance requirements, frequent water-wastage, theft and vandalism prompted a review of the plan.
“The new approach will provide a modular or similarly suitable sanitation facility that can be employed in communal areas where residents have settled informally and where no municipal infrastructure exists,” he explained.
Kahimise further said the City will roll out educational programmes to provide a socially acceptable, technically feasible solution to both water and sanitation needs of the residents in informal settlements while using the opportunity to also address other needs in these communities.
“The new strategic plan will also empower households by transferring plot ownership to residents who have the necessary means to construct their own informal, modular or brick and mortar structures,” said Kahimise.
The City’s new vision is ‘To be a smart and caring city by 2022’ which replaces the previous vision ‘To enhance the quality of life of all our people’.