Okahandja promises land

11 August 2020 | Local News

JEMIMA BEUKES

WINDHOEK



Otjozondjupa governor James Unomasa Uerikua has announced that illegal settlers at Five Rand Camp in Okahandja will be granted title deeds under the flexible land tenure system.

He urged local landless settlers to submit their application for land to the Okahandja municipality.

Speaking at the launch of the land surveying project at the town, he emphasised that this process will start with one general title deed being issued to settlers, and eventually plots will be demarcated and individual deeds issued.



Orderly

He said the surveying process must start immediately. “That is important because you find extremely small kambashus and then very big kambashus. Once we divide this area accordingly, everyone will get their own erf or own preliminary plot number and no one can remove your home,” he said.

He added that this must be an orderly process in order to sort out the congestion in illegal settlements and ensure residents can benefit from services such as the fire brigade, whose access is often blocked by shacks in the road.

“And we also do not want people to sit on pipelines, so we will give you a bigger plot so that you can space out and not be in harm's way,” he said.



Longstanding problem

The town council had in the past threatened to bulldoze the over 100 illegal shacks in the area, but that never happened and landless people continued to settle there. A lack of basic services such as water and sanitation has haunted the Five Rand Camp community for years.

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