'Mix development can only be designed by residents': Governor

18 Feb 2014 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 18 FEB (NAMPA) - Residents of the Mix settlement on the outskirts of the capital face many challenges such as a lack of water, electricity, schools, churches, roads and a clinic.
They also have to fork out about N.dollars 400 per child per month for transport to the city for school as the settlement is situated some 20 kilometres north of Windhoek.
They are furthermore only visited once a month by a mobile clinic.
The residents spoke about these challenges during a community meeting with Khomas Regional Governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua and Windhoek mayor Agnes Kafula, among others, there on Sunday.
McLeod-Katjirua informed the residents that the development of Mix can only be designed by them.
“We are here because we do not want to rely on rumours, but to hear from you the residents yourselves. We came here to hear your problems, progress, and want to hear what you want from the government,” she stated.
She said development has taken place at the settlement, but only to a certain extent, and thus acknowledged that it is not enough.
McLeod-Katjirua furthermore assured the residents that her office will facilitate their needs with the line Ministries as it’s the responsibility of a Regional Governor to facilitate development.
The residents of the Mix settlement were then requested to write down all their developmental needs on a piece of paper, and submit that not later than 28 February to her office so as to get feedback during the first week of April 2014.
Speaking at the same meeting, Khomas Regional Council chairperson Zulu Shitongeni highlighted some of the small-scale projects currently running at this settlement.
These include a chicken business, salon and barber shop, take-away, welding outlet, fish shop and a garden.
These projects were introduced by the Windhoek Rural Constituency office, and are also run in other settlements, including Dordabis and Groot Aub towards the east and south of Windhoek.
Shitongeni said these are individual projects, and more income-generating projects will be introduced at those settlements.
He then called on the community at Mix to be united, and to live in peace.
Meanwhile, there are between 1 000 and 2 000 people living at the Mix settlement.
It started as an informal settlement in the 1980s when the former plot owner, the late Heiner Mix, allowed some workers to settle on his property.
Since his death in 1999, the settlement mushroomed in the absence of a landlord.
The squatters claimed that they had an agreement with the owner to live on the 50-hectare plot, but the new owner, Cabinet Secretary Frans Kapofi, told them to vacate the land in December 2007.
He bought the property through Eluwa Lya Tenda Property, a close corporation of which he was the sole member.
A part of the land belonged to the then-Deputy Minister of Housing, Kazenambo Kazenambo.
In 2009, the government bought the settlement for N.dollars five million to resettle about 3 000 people there, and it now falls within the boundaries of the City of Windhoek after the city expanded its boundaries last year.
The meeting was also attended by Namibian Police Force Deputy Commissioner for the Khomas Region Sylvanus Nghishidimbwa, councillors of the various constituencies in Windhoek as well as officials from the Ministry of Lands and Resettlement.