CoW approves Development and Upgrading Policy

26 Jul 2019 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 26 JUL (NAMPA) – The City of Windhoek (CoW) Council here on Thursday approved the revised Development and Upgrading Policy aimed at developing Windhoek informal settlements since the current policy does not adequately address residents’ demands.
City of Windhoek Mayor, Muesee Kazapua, said the new policy was necessitated by current and relevant needs of Windhoek residents such as electrification; land pre-allocation and servicing; as well as timely approval of building plans.
Kazapua explained that the pre-allocation policy allows CoW to relocate residents legally to identified areas and allow for servicing of the vacated land, noting that the old development policy did not make such a provision.
He pointed out that residents are thereafter moved back to their serviced land without any hindrance.
“It is therefore council’s hope that having this policy in place will assist in accelerating the process of accessing land rights and general basic services such as water, sewer system, electricity and roads,” he said during the council meeting.
The revised policy is aimed at developing and guiding all ultra-low income land development in the city, with Kazapua stressing that the current strategy is not responsive enough to the needs of residents in terms of time bound matters, including approval of building plans.
In the same meeting, Kazapua also announced that the CoW received N.dollars 13 million from the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development for the provision of electricity in formal settlements in efforts to support the council’s development agenda.
“I am happy to report that these funds were used for the construction of bulk infrastructure in Okahandja Park and Havana Proper, Extensions 1, 2 and 3 as well as procurement of 11 high mast lights,” he said.
The high mast lights will be shared amongst the Windhoek Rural, Samora Machel, Moses Garoeb and Tobias Hainyeko constituencies as well as the Mix and Groot Aub settlements.
Kazapua highlighted some developments the council made during July, including the renaming of streets.
He thanked residents for supporting the recently renamed Burg Street in honour of the late former Speaker of the National Assembly, Theo-Ben Gurirab.
He further outlined the renaming of Arians Street in Klein Windhoek in honour of the Founding President of Bolivia, Simon Bolivar.
“The renaming of these streets was advertised in local newspapers for public opinion, but none of the Windhoek residents objected to renaming these two streets in honour of those two fallen world renowned icons,” he emphasised.