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City of Windhoek Parking Management System reintroduced

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The City of Windhoek Parking Management System has been reintroduced, and motorists will be required to pay a fee of between three and eight dollars per hour for parking on certain streets.

The Parking Management System is one of the social services the municipality provides to motorists.

The City of Windhoek Public Relations Officer, Lydia Amutenya, explained that the system was suspended due to a lack of service providers to manage it.

CoW residents owe city N$1.2 billion

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As of last month, the City of Windhoek's total debtors' book stood at N$1.2 billion.

According to its spokesperson, Lydia Amutenya, after a public notice that households would be disconnected if they didn't pay up, clients have been flocking in to make arrangements to avoid being inconvenienced.

The disconnection is focusing on accounts in arrears of 30 days or more.

Amutenya reiterated that the credit control policy is usually underestimated and the residents do not take it seriously, hence the decision.

City of Windhoek intends to start consultations on 2023-2024 budget

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The City of Windhoek Council will soon start consultations with relevant stakeholders before finalizing its budget for the 2023–2024 financial year.

The council says the budgeting process is an integral part of the annual planning to focus on key projects required by the city.

The current structure dictates that it engages the public, including stakeholders such as the Regional Council and the Ratepayers Association, among others, and sources their input.

City of Windhoek refutes claims of relocating some residents

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The City of Windhoek has refuted claims of relocating some residents to an area where the |Khomanin Traditional Authority claimed to have several gravesites.

The Authority visited a once-forgotten grave site last week in the Moses ||Gäroeb Constituency.

The grave is that of Ouma Amalia |Hones, who died in 1963.

The |Khomanin Traditional Authority says that |Hones is of royal descent; her grave was discovered in 2020 by city officials during a relocation process before they moved residents from the Havana Four-Way.

City of Windhoek cleaners vow to continue demonstrating until their demands are met

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More than 500 cleaners at the City of Windhoek have vowed to continue demonstrating until their demands are met.

The workers claimed to have lost trust in their trade unions, saying they are tired of the back and forth with the management after numerous failed engagements.

Some are alleged to have worked for the municipality for close to 30 years with no benefits, and some have gone on retirement with no benefits.

City of Windhoek pleads with residents in flood-prone areas to relocate

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With occasional but heavy rains experienced in the capital, the City of Windhoek has extended a call to the residents living in unsuitable and flood-prone areas to approach the city's Human Settlement and Disaster Risk Management Departments for relocation to higher ground.

With the recent heavy rains, some houses may have been flooded, residents' property damaged, or even people killed.

Lydia Amutenya, the city's spokesperson, says the city has tried numerous times to persuade those living in danger zones to relocate with its assistance.

COVID-19 effects cause vendors to relocate regions

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Vendors running their informal businesses along the Hosea Kutako Drive in the Northern Industrial Area in Windhoek have moved to this location from Walvis Bay, Erongo Region, where the impact of COVID-19 devastated their enterprises.

The pandemic has been a nightmare for these small businesses that sell second-hand products, and many are struggling to stay afloat, while others have gone under. 

They have chosen this stretch along the busy road in the northern industrial area because they are determined to make a living and feed their families.