Omaheke residents upbeat about Du Plessis-Epukiro road upgrade

29 Jan 2018 14:40pm
By Charles Tjatindi
EPUKIRO POST 3, 29 JAN (NAMPA) – Residents of Epukiro Post 3, located some 130 kilometres (km) east of Gobabis in the Omaheke Region, are eagerly awaiting the tarring of the Du Plessies- Epukiro road, which they believe will help develop the area.
The residents told Nampa in separate interviews last week that the anticipated tarring of the 48km road is a welcomed relief to many who are forced to endure the harsh road conditions to Epukiro.
Businesses people, especially long distance transport operators, also joined the fray, praising efforts to upgrade the road to bitumen standards, which has been a priority of the Omaheke Regional Council for the last two years and is expected to cost in excess of N.dollars 18 million.
A local transport operator, who refused to give his name, said every time he travels along this road, his minibus needs repair from potholes and loose rocks on the road.
“Tarring this road will be the best thing to happen to us. It is a struggle currently as one does not often feel like driving simply because of the condition of the road,” he said.
Milka Kazapua, who runs a small eatery at Epukiro, said the tarring of the road will make it easy for her to travel to Gobabis to buy her stock.
“It is a nightmare travelling to Gobabis currently as our public transport operators’ vehicles keep breaking down due to bad roads,” she said.
James Kanangure, a resident of Epukiro, is of the opinion that the road will help spur development to the Epukiro Constituency through the establishment of more businesses which would in turn employ more local residents.
“Business people require infrastructure to be able to do business, and good roads rank high up on that list. Once this happens, some of our children would even get jobs here at home,” he noted.
According to the Roads Authority’s Manager for Corporate Communications, Hileni Fillemon, the road upgrade is expected to commence during the 2018/19 financial year.
Fillemon told Nampa on Monday the detailed design of the project is expected to be completed during the same financial year, which will pave the way for the start of construction once funds are made available by Government.