Upgrading of roads starts in Keetmanshoop

17 Dec 2013 20:00pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 17 DEC (NAMPA) – A number of private companies started upgrading gravel roads to bitumen standard at Keetmanshoop about two weeks ago following a request from the //Karas Regional Governor.
The first road to be completed is the one kilometre Wheelers Street which goes past the office of the governor, and which connects to a road leading to the B1 road going to Lüderitz.
Governor Bernardus Swartbooi officially opened Wheelers Street on Tuesday.
It was voluntarily upgraded by Aurecon Namibia, Taupelle, Southern Road Construction and HFJ Plant Hire.
Tom Koekemoer from Aurecon told Nampa at the opening the work on the road is worth about N.dollars 1 million.
Koekemoer noted that the road is not fit for use by heavy vehicles such as trucks and tractors, thus the town authority should erect a sign restricting such vehicles from using the road.
In January next year, the upgrading of the road from Rencia Supermarket in the Krönlein residential area to the community open market in Tseiblaagte will commence.
Thereafter, another section of the same road to the Krönlein residential area will also be upgraded.
Swartbooi announced that next year’s upgrades are being sponsored by the Namibia Development Corporation (NDC) to the tune of N.dollars 870 000.
He further indicated that there is N.dollars 4 million lying idle in the coffers of the Keetmanshoop Municipality.
According to Swartbooi, this money was budgeted for the upgrading of roads over the past four years.
He called on the municipality to start utilising such funds for its intended purposes, especially in view of the fact that there are private business owners who are willing to assist.
He advised the municipality to approach the four companies which upgraded the road opened on Tuesday for possible joint ventures.
Swartbooi said it will be good if the municipality can contribute money to the upgrading of roads by willing companies.
“I would like to thank the local companies that volunteered to upgrade our road even if we requested them to do so. It is really a sign that they are meeting their corporate social responsibility,” the Governor stated.
Swartbooi said dust from gravel roads contaminates water, causes health problems for people with breathing disorders, and also kills plants.
The acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Keetmanshoop, Quinton Visagie who was also at the opening, gave his assurance that more effort will be made to use the N.dollars 4 million for road upgrades.
Deputy mayor Gabriel Freyer also thanked the companies for their work and requested other companies to follow suit.
“The time has come for us to do what is good for the people of this town and the region,” Freyer said.