Kalkfeld avails free erven for serious investors in efforts to boost economy

14 Mar 2019 09:00am
KALKFELD, 14 MAR (NAMPA) – Otjozondjupa Governor, Otto Ipinge on Wednesday called on business people who are serious about investing in Kalkfeld to approach his office for a free erf at the settlement.
Ipinge made the call at a community meeting held at Kalkfeld, where future plans and development activities for the settlement were discussed.
Situated about 70 kilometres south of Otjiwarongo, Kalkfeld was proclaimed a village council in 1991, but was downgraded to a settlement in 1996 by Government due to a lack of economic growth.
“We want to give free business plots to genuine business people who will set up businesses that will activate the economic growth of the settlement,” Ipinge said.
He also encouraged the residents to cooperate with his office and all ministries intending to invest in the settlement or create employment opportunities for locals with a plan to stimulate economic development.
“We want development and we want to grow it to a big town,” he stressed.
Otjiwarongo Constituency Councillor, Julius Neumbo told the more than 200 people in attendance to do their part by keeping the settlement clean and paying their rates and taxes to the Otjozondjupa Regional Council, which runs all affairs of the settlement.
“We are determined to positively change the face of Kalkfeld,” Neumbo said.
A farmer and successful businessman in the Kalkfeld area, Gunther Karl who also attended the meeting, promised to invest in the settlement by re-opening the Kalkfeld fuel station that closed down in mid-2018.
“I have plans to also establish a charcoal production factory here and a bottle and plastic recycling project,” he said.
Karl is part of the Ekundi Farming and Transport Company based at Otjiwarongo.
Kalkfeld community member, Reverend Ngeno Nakamhela on his part called on the Ministry of Works and Transport to support developmental efforts by leasing out some of its buildings to business people interested in opening businesses here.
Government representatives from the Ministry of Works and Transport, police and officials of the Central North Regional Electricity Distributor also attended the meeting.