Gaborone, Windhoek commit to prioritise informal settlement challenges

07 Aug 2018 19:00pm
WINDHOEK, 07 AUG (NAMPA) – The City of Windhoek and Gaborone in Botswana have renewed a cooperation agreement to share strategies on dealing with various challenges to improve both cities.
The agreement was signed by Windhoek Mayor, Muesee Kazapua and Mayor of Gaborone, Kagiso Thutlwe here on Tuesday.
Specific areas of cooperation include economic development and entrepreneurship; tourism and culture; municipal infrastructure maintenance and public safety and law enforcement.
The two cities would especially look at how each one has used various strategies to address and provide service delivery to people living in informal settlements in urban areas.
Thutlwe said the partnership signed by the two local authorities had to influence the lives of people and technocrats “to do things differently”.
He commended CoW for its effective waste management through private-public partnerships, adding that Gaborone would emulate the same approach and will also lobby for the establishment of a municipal police.
He urged CoW to be inclusive of people living in the informal settlements and include them on its waiting lists for land and better housing like other residents.
Thutlwe said grants should be offered to those living in the informal areas in Windhoek, not only by CoW but by the country’s Head of State too.
On his part, Kazapua noted that one way in which Gaborone addressed the large populations in the informal areas was by successfully re-enforcing its bylaws to improve service delivery to alleviate challenges.
The partnership signed between Namibia and Botswana will be enforced for a period of five years, and can be renewed once it expires.