Rundu weather office operates from residential area

04 May 2018 13:20pm
RUNDU, 04 MAY (NAMPA) – The Meteorological Centre at Rundu is currently operating from a residential area, which does not conform to the World Meteorological Organisation’s standards, Shangara Isaac, the assistant meteorological technician there said on Wednesday.
Isaac said this in a presentation of capital projects under the Ministry of Works and Transport during a familiarisation visit by Minister John Mutorwa, who visited the two Kavango regions between 30 April and 03 May.
Isaac informed the minister and the regional leadership that the Rundu weather office is supposed to be based at the Rundu Airport and not in a residential area.
“We cannot even release hydrogen for measurements of upper air, due to the fact that we are within a residential area. We are also not getting the correct readings of the wind and visibility,” he explained.
A pilot, he further stressed, was once flying from Windhoek and called the Rundu weather office when he was just 10 kilometres from Rundu, saying that he was unable to pick up readings.
“These are just some of the situations I am talking about,” Isaac added.
Construction for the centre’s new offices near the airport started in 2008, according to Isaac, but was never completed.
The tender, Isaac said, was then given to another contractor in 2010, who was expected to complete it in 2014, however, the building has still not been completed.
Mutorwa promised to pay a visit to the office and look into how his ministry can assist with some of the challenges faced by the centre.
The meeting held at the Kavango East Regional Council, was attended by Kavango East Governor, Dr Samuel Mbambo, various stakeholders under the Ministry of Works and Transport as well as councillors of all six constituencies in the region.