Groundbreaking ceremony for high mast lights project at Samora Michael constituency, Windhoek
Groundbreaking ceremony for high mast lights project at Samora Michael constituency, Windhoek

Brighter future for Windhoek's informal settlement residents

720 households to benefit
Khomas Region governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua emphasised the importance of providing electricity to all Namibians, saying it is a fundamental aspect of the country's growth and development.
Phillipus Josef
Tuesday marked the official groundbreaking ceremony for the high mast lights project in the Samora Machel constituency in Windhoek which will see over 720 households benefit from the electrification project.

The project, a collaboration between the City of Windhoek and government that is valued at approximately N$2 million, aims to bring much-needed light to several communities.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of July, with the following constituencies benefitting: Okahandja Park A, B and C, Okuryangava Extension 8, Hakahana and Kilimandjaro informal settlements.

Upon completion, the project will benefit 720 households.

One of the main speakers at the event, urban and rural development minister Erastus Uutoni, said: “We have decided to put up electricity here as a way for our children to have light because we cannot be in the dark forever. This project will ensure a safer environment for all who reside in the constituency."

He also commended the City of Windhoek’s council and management for their efforts to work with government to provide electricity to Windhoek's informal settlement residents.

“I would also like to applaud the City of Windhoek council and management for living up to the expectations of the central government's priorities by supplying electricity to the underserved community of our capital city,” he added.

Fundamental

Khomas Region governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua emphasised the importance of every effort, no matter how small, in improving the quality of life for residents and enhancing community safety and security. "Electricity is fundamental to the growth and development of this beautiful region and indeed our motherland," she said.

Moreover, Uutoni emphasised that the initiative could significantly enhance business operations within the informal settlements.

However, he called for cooperation from the residents to overcome any challenges that may arise. “Let us at least meet each other halfway and cooperate for a better future because fighting against one another is not going to solve anything,” he said.

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