Service delivery high on City agenda

17 July 2017 | Business

The City of Windhoek on Friday launched its five-year Transformational Strategic Plan, which runs from 2017 to 2022 and the Structural Alignment programme to serve as a guiding framework in decision making within the organisation.

Speaking at the launch, CoW Chief Executive Officer Robert Kahimise said the new plan will take cognisance of the impact of challenges faced in 2015/16 financial year, such as pressure for land delivery, on-going water crisis which contributed to the rising bulk water supply costs and prevailing resource constraints.

“We have realised that we cannot continue doing what we have been doing for the past 10 years and expect changes, hence the need for a new strategic plan,” said Kahimise.

He emphasised that the Integrated Business Plan of 2011 to 2016, which ended last year, necessitated the formulation of a new strategy.

The City's new vision is 'To be a Smart and Caring City by 2022' which replaces the previous vision 'To enhance the quality of life of all our people'.

Kahimise further explained that the new plan will address two themes: governance and financial sustainability; and social progression, economic advancement and infrastructure development.

“With the first two years of the strategic period, the strategies will address the more proximate and burning issues of financial sustainability and governance,” said Kahimise.

He said the middle to latter part of the strategic period will offer more optimistic projections.

Speaking at the same event, Minister of Urban and Rural Development Sophia Shaningwa said the success of CoW's strategic plan will depend on its implementation, adding that the document should not be parked in offices as part of the décor until it gathers dust, but should be implemented.

“Windhoek residents are looking up to CoW to alleviate their plight, particularly when it comes to affordable urban serviced land, housing and sanitation,” Shaningwa said, adding that with the new plan these problems should be solved.


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