Municipal services

Residents of Ekunde plead for municipal services

Residents of Ekunde Extension 5, on the outskirts of Okahandja, have expressed their dissatisfaction with the local authority over the lack of municipal services promised for years.

Although Okahandja Municipality has announced the launch of a land delivery program in 2020, most landless residents continue to grab land in areas such as Ekunde Extension 5, Ekunde Proper and Veddersdal.

The aggrieved community members say they are unhappy with the municipality due to the non-provision of municipal services in their area.

They said they received land ownership certificates on September 18, 2020 for erven by the Minister of Urban and Rural Development Erastus Uutoni.

At the time, around 292 erven were allocated, although there was no sewage system or other municipal services.

Contacted for comment, Okahandja CEO Alphons Tjitombo said Ekunde has yet to be proclaimed for final plot figures to be obtained.

“The extension of the service on the site will be done in phases according to the funds made available by the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development. Services at this extension are a process subject to the availability of funds. The consultant for the surveying of the area has started. The draft plans were submitted last week to council,” he explained.

Tjitombo further noted that they were also awaiting the letter of consent pursuant to Section 30(1) and Section 63 of Principal Act 23 of 1992, as amended, which deals with objections from the Minister of Urban Development and rural.

“The land has not been surveyed. The remediation file is still awaited. They promised to bring us the development, but nothing was revealed. There are no proper roads in this area. There is no electricity. The area is too dark at night. There is only one water tap, from which other residents also draw water. The area is dirty, garbage from the landfill is not removed and is scattered all over the place. We don’t have toilets either, and people have to relieve themselves in the bushes when it’s dangerous at night,” complained one community activist, who wishes to remain anonymous.

The crime rate is also said to be problematic in this region.

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2022-03-15 Albertine Nakale

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