Rehoboth has the potential for economic growth: Mushelenga

02 Aug 2018 17:30pm
REHOBOTH, 02 AUG (NAMPA) - Rehoboth, as the second largest town in Hardap, should move in a progressive direction with all the natural resources and skills at its disposal, Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Peya Mushelenga has said.
Mushelenga made the remarks during the first-ever annual stakeholders conference organised by the Rehoboth Town Council to deliberate on matters relating to council affairs and the socio-economic upliftment of the town and its residents, on Thursday.
He said the town is amongst others known for its natural hot springs, which in the past was a major tourist attraction.
“We are all aware of the current challenges faced by the town council, which in fact is a challenge for all local authorities in Namibia. I remain adamant that through our combined efforts and support of all stakeholders, a new era is about to evolve,” Mushelenga said.
He added that during this new era, prompt service delivery should be the order of the day, with the needs of the community at the forefront of the council’s development agenda.
“This initiative of the council is therefore commendable and aligns with the mission statement of the line ministry… What better way for the town council to spearhead this mission at local level than to bring all stakeholders together under the theme ‘For the good of all?’,” he said.
The minister further said the town has great potential to grow in various economic sectors like tourism and small-scale animal husbandry.
“Rehoboth is also known for excellence in construction skills. Construction is one of the catalysts of economic development in Namibia, one that makes a significant contribution to infrastructure development, one of the pillars of the Harambee Prosperity Plan,” he noted.
Mushelenga referred to the State of the Nation Address of 2015, saying the process of nation building should involve everyone and no one should feel left out.
“We should, however, keep in mind that such a house can never be built in one day and by one person. I therefore urge all stakeholders present here today to actively engage each other so that at the end of this day, we can all be proud and say, ‘We were part of building this house that will drive the socio-economic transformation of this beautiful town’,” he said.
The conference was also attended by Hardap Governor Esme Isaack, regional and local authority councillors, various stakeholders and community members.