RTC looking for vacant land for office building

13 Mar 2019 16:40pm
RUNDU, 12 MAR (NAMPA) – The Rundu Town Council (RTC) plans to construct its own office building in the near future, its acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sikongo Haihambo has said.
Haihambo upon enquiry by Nampa on Tuesday explained that the lack of an office building of their own is hampering productivity as the staff are all cramped into a small space and are operating from old an building.
“This does not even help us maintain our identity,” he said.
He added that council is therefore in the process of looking for vacant land on which it wants to construct the office building, which should be strategically located and not on the outskirts of the town.
Haihambo, who has been at the helm of the council since late last year, said; 'This, however, is a priority area and I am hard at work to look for space. I am currently looking at our town’s plan and where we have vacant land.'
RTC has been without an office building of its own since independence and currently operates from a building which belongs to the Ministry of Works and Transport, made out of prefabricated structures from the 1960s and 70s.
That building also houses various government ministries and agencies such as the Ministry of Land and Resettlement, Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Ministry of Gender and Social Welfare and the Namibian Police Force.
Two blocks of 10 offices were allocated to the RTC to operate from.
The acting CEO, whose contract was extended two weeks ago for another six months, further expressed that he is puzzled at how the RTC for nearly 30 years, is still without an office when they allocate land.
“We are the owners of the town and we own the land. We allocate to all and sundry except for ourselves,” he said.