15 May 2019 18:10pm
WINDHOEK, 15 MAY (NAMPA) City of Windhoek (CoW) Mayor Muesee Kazapua has called on investors to build infrastructure in Katutura in order to give it a facelift and take services closer to the people.
Kazapua made the remarks when he addressed the CoW councillors, Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) representatives and business people at the Windhoek Mayoral Business Forum on Wednesday.
He explained that if the city wants to address inequality and give equal developmental opportunities to its residents, it should start with infrastructure that can attract residents of that particular area so that they do not get tempted to look for basic services in other places.
He said people living in Katutura should remain there, as they would not need to travel to other areas within the city because everything they need is there, as well as people living in other parts of the city like Cimbebasia would also remain where they are.
Investors should start investing in other places of the city like Havana, Okahandja Park, Wanaheda and change the face of Katutura. And when we talk of investments, we dont talk of someone building houses, we want big investments like malls that can make Katutura look like it is in the capital city, something that can change the face of Katutura, Kazapua stressed.
The mayor also urged the city councillors to do anything that can attract investors and not frustrate them with bureaucratic tactics of delaying land applications.
If you want to attract business, then your environment should be conducive for business, and in this term, I am talking about policy decision making, administration and security because investors want to be assured of safety before they can invest, he emphasised.
Chairperson of the NCCI Windhoek branch Martin Shipanga advised that if the city is serious in addressing inequality, it should never give a project that does not involve local people.
We should make it mandatory that no project should go ahead without our local people as they are our priority because they will spend the money here and recycle it within our economy, he said.