The Oshakati Town Council has commenced with the relocation process of residents at its overcrowded Sky location to the semi-serviced Onawa location in the northeast of the town, where they would be provided with better basic services. A total of […]
The Oshakati Town Council has commenced with the relocation process of residents at its overcrowded Sky location to the semi-serviced Onawa location in the northeast of the town, where they would be provided with better basic services.
A total of 482 temporary and 51 permanent structures will be relocated to Onawa.
Speaking at the commencement of the relocation on Wednesday morning, Oshakati Town’s Mayor, Leonard Hango, indicated that such relocation is also part of the council’s plan to have all its informal settlements formalised in the near future.
According to Hango, the entire relocation process of Sky location residents to Onawa is expected to be completed on 31 May this year.
He explained residents will be relocated for free and they are expected to pay only N.dollars 500 for the connections of water supply to their respective residences.
Unlike at Sky, Hango said, residents, will now have their own plots and formal access to the basic services at Onawa.
The Onawa location is currently a semi-serviced site with no sewerage lines, but the council will construct three public toilets with the funds from the Development Workshop Namibia to be used by those residents.
Spokesperson of the council, Katarina Kamari, in a press release issued on Wednesday stated that 89 casual workers have been appointed among the Sky residents to assist with the relocation process.
“The appointed labourers will be assisting the residents of Sky by ensuring that transportation is available, to load and offload their items as well as to dismantle and reconstruct the structures,” stated Kamari.
One of the residents, Justina Paulus, in an interview with journalists charged that plots at Onawa are better organised than their current ones at Sky.
Paulus, however, expressed concern that Onawa, which is some three kilometres away, is far from the town centre and schools of their children.
The relocation process will cost the council N.dollars 1.5 million. Residents of Sky are the second to be relocated to Onawa, following the relocation of their counterparts from Eemwandi in 2019.
Source: Namibia Press Agency