Residents decry proposed levy on CoW emergency services

WINDHOEK: Rocky Crest residents are up in arms over a proposal that was tabled by the municipality to introduce a levy of up to N.dollars 100 for ambulance and fire brigade services.

The suggestion was made by officials from the City of Windhoek (CoW) during a community consultative meeting at the Rocky Crest Multi-purpose Centre Saturday.

CoW’s Section Head: Public Participation Community Development Division, Vincent Mwiya said providing ambulance and fire brigade services is an expensive exercise for any municipality.

Normal rates for ambulance services charged by the CoW range between N.dollars 960 to N.dollars 1 200 for transporting a patient from home to any hospital in the capital.

Mwiya said Government in the past had subsidised ambulance and fire brigade services to residents in the capital but that has stopped.