Swakopmund Municipality prioritises infrastructure improvement

26 Apr 2019 18:50pm
SWAKOPMUND, 26 APR (NAMPA) - Maintaining and improving infrastructure will continue to require significant and planned investment despite the restrained resources available in the Swakopmund council’s investment and current account.
During the capital and operating budget speech presented by Alternate Chairperson of the Swakopmund Municipality, Councillor Kleopas Ngwena on Thursday, the council noted that anticipated property sale transactions will however generate sufficient revenue and along with current existing funds, it will be in a more favourable position to finance projects anticipated for the 2019/20 financial year.
The council has numerous projects planned for the year, with an overall project cost estimate of N.dollars 273 million, which includes N.dollars 97 million in multiple carry-over projects from 2018/19 and N.dollars 140 million for new capital projects planned for 2019/20.
“Some of the projects include the formalisation of the DRC informal settlement with funds received from Central Government, of which completion of both electrical and civil services is still progressing well,” Ngwena noted.
He further said regular sewerage blockages in Mondesa does not reflect healthy living standards, hence the council’s intention to improve the system as part of the projects.
“These frequent occurrences are a concern to council and therefore it wishes to continue with relocating the entire midblock sewerage system for the communities in and around Mondesa at a budget of N.dollars 16.4 million.”
The council’s provision for serviced land will only provide for the surveying and planning of affordable erven, with provision of serviced land and town planning envisioned to amount to N.dollars 7.7 million of the budget.
Other projects include the construction and resurfacing of streets.
“The council has taken up this initiative to provide the required material and ensure local small contractors are appointed to provide the required labour,” Ngwena said.
The alternate chairperson added that this concept has proven itself to be more economical for the council, while also allowing it to establish business partnerships with small contractors in the community.
“With this, council creates employment and contributes to poverty eradication within the town, which is worth applauding, especially in light of the difficult economic conditions faced by our community.”
Public buildings, parks and gardens and business and market malls are also part of the council’s planned projects.
Ngwena noted that the council’s final budget addresses operational and infrastructure needs to maintain appropriate municipal services levels required by the Swakopmund community.