17 Feb 2019 14:40pm
NOORDOEWER, 17 FEB (NAMPA) - Karasburg West Constituency Councillor, Paulus Ephraim has urged Government to consider proclaiming the settlement of Noordoewer a town as the population is increasing rapidly.
He was speaking during a briefing with Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Peya Mushelenga at the settlement on Friday.
Ephraim said the settlements population is increasing due to the fast pace at which the local farming industry is growing. He said the current population is nearly 5 000.
Some 3 980 people have applied for erven. There is a clinic and police station and with grape companies increasing, the population is increasing, he added.
The councillor said Government must also consider plans like opening an airport that can be used for the exporting of produce.
It would help farmers here export their produce directly as currently they export through South Africa, which is very costly, Ephraim stated.
Mushelenga said the //Kharas Regional Council should do a feasibility study on why the settlement should be proclaimed a town.
You must get reason to support why the settlement should become a town through the feasibility study, with the relevant documents, then submit it to my ministry, the minister said.
Also speaking during the briefing, Director of Sonop Farm, Albert van der Merwe, said the south has great potential for farming because of the weather conditions and abundant water sources. He said farming can also provide employment to many.
With such components, we can create jobs and develop this place as it is the eye of the country. When people come from South Africa, this is what they see, said Van der Merwe.
He also said there is huge demand for raisins worldwide and Namibia can tap into this market, especially in the south.