N$14m spent on housing, land in Kunene

03 July 2019 | Infrastructure

While acknowledging that economic woes have not spared any of the 14 regions – the Kunene has recorded progress in the areas of infrastructure development, housing, and land provision.

This, at first glance, is what can be deduced from the comprehensive dossier which captures Kunene Region's governor, Marius Sheya's second State of the Region Address (SORA) which he delivered in Opuwo recently. In his SORA, Sheya said the four local authorities in the region collectively spent N$14.8 million for the provision of land and housing during the 2018/19 financial year.

Of this, N$5 million was spent on the construction of water and sewerage services in Katutura Extension 2 in Opuwo for 250 plots, while another 450 plots under the Shack Dwellers Federation in Otuzemba Extension 2 will be completed soon, Sheya reported. In addition, a further N$6.9 million was spent on the construction of storm water canals and for road upgrading to bitumen standard and re-gravelling or road maintenance.

In the town of Kamanjab's informal settlement, N$2.7 million was spent for a water reticulation system to which 142 houses will be connected.

Sheya further implored local authorities to prioritise the provision of the servicing of plots and housing delivery by seriously engaging public-private partnerships.

“We need to partner with credible, competent, financially and technically capable companies to deliver land without delay as these have been identified as one of the leading factors contributing to qualified young professionals leaving our region and businesses not setting up establishments,” Sheya is quoted in the report.

He added that in the delivery of basic services, the local government system continues to show areas of weakness such as the financial sustainability and capacity by the local authorities that needs to deliver key basic services. This, he noted, has a direct impact on ordinary people and the business community.

In terms of infrastructure development, the governor wants to see a significant increase in investment for the delivery of socio-economic infrastructure as a key enabler of access to opportunities and a better quality of life for all the citizens of the region.

NAMPA

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