Cement production and housing provision in Otjozondjupa impress Ipinge

07 Jun 2019 15:20pm
OTJIWARONGO, 07 JUN (NAMPA) – Otjozondjupa Governor Otto Ipinge on Thursday highlighted cement manufacturing, gold mining and provision of housing to residents as some of the activities contributing to development in his region.
Ipinge delivered his fourth annual state of the region address at Otjiwarongo, where he spoke of developmental activities in different constituencies, settlements and towns in the region.
“Because of these social and economic activities, the region is economically stable and conducive for investment, despite minor pockets of illegal land occupations which had been insignificant in the overall regional picture,” he said.
Ipinge said his region is developing fast with new houses being constructed, which the governor believes has eliminated land grabbing.
He said 108 affordable houses were constructed by the Otjozondjupa Regional Council through the Build Together Programme in the Okamatapati, Okondjatu, Okatjoruu, Coblenz and Tsumkwe settlements for over N.dollars 2 million.
“Our five local authority councils - Okahandja, Otjiwarongo, Okakarara, Otavi and Grootfontein - also continue to play a major role in the provision of houses and ensuring a good and viable economic outlook for the whole region,” he said.
Ipinge highlighted the Otjiwarongo Municipality’s 4 936 serviced plots, a five hectare portion of unserviced land meant for the construction of a truck port and also the upgrading of gravel roads to bitumen standard in Extension 8 and 12 of Otjiwarongo for over N.dollars 6 million as achievements.
He said he is hopeful that the expansion of the Windhoek-Okahandja B1 road to a dual carriageway will result in an economic boost for Otjozondjupa.
“I am also confident about the establishment of the two industrial cement plants in the region and the operation of the Otjikoto B2Gold Mine,” he said.
Otjikoto B2Gold Mine employs 940 people.
Ipinge further said the newly founded Whale Rock Cheetah Cement has created employment for over 170 local workers.
A total of 435 people are employed in the cement industry in the region, including 265 people employed at Ohorongo.
Ipinge said he is happy to see the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology and MTC Namibia setting up nine towers at a cost of N.dollars 2 million in the Tsumkwe, Grootfontein and Okakarara constituencies.
Ipinge however expressed dismay at the abuse of alcohol and drugs in his region, saying it contributes to crimes such as murder, assault, gender-based violence, robbery and reckless and negligent driving.
He then called on the Namibian Police Force in the region to work tirelessly to maintain law and order.