Windhoek's population surge strains infrastructure, urgent government intervention needed

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The escalating population growth is putting pressure on the City of Windhoek (CoW) municipal infrastructure, intensifying demand for service delivery, and underscoring the need for government intervention. 

Among the ongoing initiatives, CoW Mayor Queen Kamati unveiled the "Informal Settlement Upgrading Pilot Project," which involves constructing 113 houses in Goreangab ext. 4. 

City of Windhoek urged to reconsider pensioner debt cancellation

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Laura Garises, a twenty-two-year-old, never had access to running water and grid electricity while growing up in her grandmother's house.

 Unfortunately, her hopes of seeing these amenities in their household were shattered when the City of Windhoek introduced debt cancellation. The family, residing on ERF 3837 Max Eichab Street in Damara Location, inherited the debt from their grandparents, who were recipients of the free housing scheme during the apartheid regime. Garises, who lives with her fifty-year-old asthmatic mother, is burdened with a municipal bill of over N$100,000.

CoW revisits plans for flats in Okapuka ka Nauyala following community concerns

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The City of Windhoek has gone back to the drawing board on plans to construct flats for the residents of Okapuka ka Nauyala in Ombili Area after the community raised concerns.

It will now consult the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development as a partner to come up with a social housing model that can be agreed to by all, including considering affordability.

The meeting was held by the city's Department of Housing, Property Management, Human Settlements, and the Division of Housing and Land Delivery.

City of Windhoek candlelight vigil

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The City of Windhoek hosted a candlelight vigil in tribute to the late president, honouring his legacy and the vision he had for the city.

Inheritance is what you leave behind for people, but legacy, on the other hand, is what you leave inside of people.

The City of Windhoek hosted a candlelight vigil to honour the legacy of our late president, Dr. Hage Geingob.

They described him as a visionary leader who dedicated his life to serving the nation.

The biker community in Windhoek also expressed their sympathies with the nation.

 

Community activist Rosa Namises at odds with CoW over land

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Community Development Worker and activist Rosa Namises has called on the City of Windhoek to allow citizens to explore and utilise unoccupied municipal areas to positively showcase the landscape.

Namises made the call following what she termed unfair treatment by the City of Windhoek employees when they demolished a temporary shade structure where Namises and her children were camping at farm #Goas.

About 1,000 inhabitants are currently living on the 8,000-square-metre farm.

Housing provision a national priority

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A lack of decent housing should be tackled at all ends and should not only be left to local authorities but must be on the national agenda.

This was said by the Chief Executive Officer of the City of Windhoek, Moses Matyayi, who stressed that the impact of flush flood-prone areas is one of the issues his office is looking into to alleviate.

Matyayi was a guest on our sister programme, One-On-One.

Matyayi said that the council has been able to put mechanisms in place and plans with the Disastrous Management Plan, which is a continuous discourse to find solutions.

Payment at Independence Stadium was made before the Blackout - Haitengela

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The Ministry of Sport Youth and National Service's Executive Director, Mbumba Haitengela, has clarified that the electricity and water bills for the Independence Stadium were paid on Wednesday afternoon before the power outage occurred.

The power outage resulted in the match between Orlando Pirates and Life Fighters being abandoned. However, Haitengela refuted claims and reports in the media suggesting that the Ministry owed N$400,000 to the City of Windhoek.

He stated that the outstanding balance was paid on Friday the 17th and again last Wednesday, erasing all debts.

Groot Aub residents unhappy with City of Windhoek

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Groot Aub residents say they no longer have confidence in the City of Windhoek to deliver services.

They now want to handle their own administration for faster development at the settlement.

Chief Jorro Eiseb of the |Khomanin Traditional Authority, who addressed the Groot Aub community, stated that the incorporation of the settlement into Windhoek defeats the purpose as the municipality hardly provides efficient services.

Over 4000 informal settlements' homes electrified

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To date, the City of Windhoek has electrified 4,215 households in Windhoek's informal settlements.

This was revealed at the inauguration of the Informal Areas Electrification Project in Windhoek today.

These houses were electrified during the last five years of the previous 5-Year Electrification Plan 2017–2022, which lapsed during the last financial year 2022–2023.

The electrification project was funded by the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development and NamPower, with a combined capital investment of around N$45 million.