Rundu council cautions about illegal permanent structures

TUHINGIRENI: The Rundu Town Council has cautioned residents to desist from erecting permanent structures on unsurveyed land.

The illegal erection of permanent structures, especially in the town’s informal settlements which are not surveyed yet, is said to be on the increase.

The latest incident involves some residents from the eastern part of the Tuhingireni informal settlement on the outskirts of Rundu, who have been taken to court for allegedly illegally erecting permanent structures on land which has not been serviced.

According to documents in Nampa’s possession, the Rundu Town Council has sued 13 residents of the Tuhingireni area, who have allegedly built permanent structures in the area, and the case is currently being heard in the High Court.

The Rundu Town Council management committee’s chairperson, Johannes Murenga said during a meeting with residents of Tuhingireni on Sunday that no one is allowed to build permanent structures on land which is not serviced.

He said those intending to erect permanent structures on such land within the town boundaries should first consult the Rundu Town Council’s building department for advice.

The councillor cautioned that those erecting permanent structures could be wasting their resources because once the council wants to develop such land, their structures could be demolished to make way for services such as water and roads’ infrastructure.

Murenga also spoke out against illegal water connections, which remains a serious concern for the council.

About 40 per cent of the water loss incurred by the town council is through illegal water connections.

The councillor then urged residents to report anyone suspected of having connected water illegally at their homesteads or business premises to the town council’s law-enforcement division.

Water rates in informal settlements surrounding the town are cheap and affordable, compared to suburbs within the town, because they do not pay for refuse removal, rates and taxes.

Murenga also applauded residents of the Millennium suburb, saying they are up-to-date with their municipal accounts.

Noise pollution within the town is still terrible, and shebeen owners and churches were thus urged to keep their noise levels down.