17 Oct 2018 14:30pm
GOBABIS, 17 OCT (NAMPA) The Otjinene Village Council has called on investors and development partners to come on board to help it address the several developmental challenges it faces.
The village councils chairperson, Ladine Kauta, in a presentation to the Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Peya Mushelenga here on Monday, said one of the major challenges facing the council is the lack of serviced land to meet the current high demands.
Mushelenga was in the region to meet representatives of various town and village councils on matters of development and to gauge the implementation rate of government projects.
Kauta said the challenges in servicing land have to do with limited funds allocated to the village council.
She explained that Otjinene has been struggling to cope with a consistently high demand for housing since it was proclaimed a village council in 2011, as people often flock there for possible employment opportunities.
The government subsidy we get is too low to deal with the challenges of development that we face as a village council. We just cannot cope on it, she said.
The poor state of houses constructed under the Build Together Programme some few years ago, does not help the housing problem at the town as many of them have become dilapidated, Kauta added.
The chairperson further expressed that sanitation and hygiene had also become a grave concern at the towns informal settlement of Ozohambo, due to the absence of ablution facilities and a limited supply of potable water.
The towns main sewer pump is equally in a dilapidated state and could give in at any time, Kauta said.
She went on to say that the council has requested for permission to extend its boundaries in order to make more land available for development initiatives, but such request is yet to be approved.
Kauta pointed out that the strategic location of Otjinene as a gateway to both northern Namibia through Okondjatu and Grootfontein; and southern Namibia through Gobabis and Aminuis, makes development crucial.
We have no choice but to make sure that our services are to the expectation of both visitors and residents if we are to remain competitive for investors, she said.