CoW approves Development and Upgrading Policy

The City of Windhoek (CoW) Council here on Thursday agreed to consider and potentially approve the revised Development and Upgrading Policy that sets out guidelines related to the upgrading of Windhoek informal settlements.

Mayor of City of Windhoek, MueseeKazapua made this announcement while addressing the City Council (CC) meeting at the CoW New Council Chambers saying the new policy was necessitated by current and relevant today's needs of Windhoek residents.

He said the policy addresses and fast tracking development and assists in facilitating and guiding all ultra-low income land development in the city.

Kazapua stressed that the current strategy is not being responsive to the needs of residents, hence a new policy approval.

He stated that the CoW received N.dollars 13 million from Ministry of Urban and Rural Development for the provision of electricity in the formal settlements.

I am happy to report that these funds were used for the construction of bulk infrastructure in Okahandja Park and Havana Proper, Extensions one, two and three as well as procurement of 11 high mast lights, said Kazapua.

He added that the High Mast Lights will be shared amongst constituencies where Mix Settlement will receive four lights while Groot Aub settlement is allocated two.

Meanwhile, Windhoek Rural, SamoraMachel, Moses Garoeb are to receive two lights each and Tobias Hainyeko Constituencies three.

It is therefore Council's hope that having this policy in place will assist in accelerating the process of accessing land rights and general basic services such as water, sewer system, electricity and roads, he said.

Kazapua highlighted some resounding development the Council has made during July including the renaming of streets amongst others.

He thanked residents for supporting the just renamed 'Burg Street' in honour of the late former Speaker of Parliament Theo-Ben Gurirab.

He pointed out another renaming of Arians Street in Klein Windhoek in honour of the Founding President of Bolivia, Simon Bolivar.

The renaming of these streets was advertised in local newspapers for public opinion, but none of the Windhoek residents objected to renaming these two streets in honour of those two fallen world renowned icons, he emphasised.

Source: Namibia Press Agency