Eenhana benefits from twinning agreement

28 November 2018 | Local News

The town council of Eenhana is counting its benefits from the twinning agreement with the city of Harelbeke in Belgium.

These range from local economic development to waste management, fire and emergency services, human resources development, ICT infrastructure and youth development.

In November 2007 the city of Harelbeke and the Eenhana town council signed the cooperation agreement.

The Eenhana town council's head of marketing, local economic development and tourism, Ndwedwe Muandingi, told Ewi lyaNooli that the council had benefited from the agreement in various areas and it continued to fund a number of development projects at the town.

“Since we entered this twinning agreement a number of projects or initiatives were implemented. We started with waste management where colleagues from Herelbeke assisted us to realise policies on waste management and make sure we have an effective waste management mechanism in place.

“We are also working on wastewater treatment to assist the town's growth, which cannot be accommodated by our current oxidation ponds,” Muandingi said.

“They have funded our wastewater treatment plant design and proposal to the tune of N$70 000. For the past three years they have also been funding the salary of our market facilitator, sponsored the construction of the market facilitator's [office] and funding for market traders training.”

Muandingi said the council has transformed its dumpsite into an environment-friendly landfill.

He said the city of Herelbeke was also responsible for funding the junior council and other youth training.

“On education there is a programme running at Haimbili Haufiku Senior Secondary school whereby it's linked with another school in Herelbeke in Belgium and our learners are being exposed to school life on the other side. There are also some teachers who came from Belgium to teach at Eenhana Primary School.

“A solar technology teaching programme has been introduced in the curriculum of our Eenhana Vocational Training Centre,” he said.

Eenhana is a small town with lots of growth opportunities in northern Namibia. It is working on urban development: roads are being built, shacks replaced by brick houses, a historic site has been finished and it is working on the construction of a sports complex.

The main goal of the partnership is to exchange information and experience to strengthen administrative power.

A city link is an officially and politically supported cooperation agreement between two local authorities where the mutual administrative capacity building and the strengthening of local democratic processes are central.

A delegation from Harelbeke visited Eenhana from 11 to 19 November.

“The visit involved reporting back on targets, following up on projects under implementation, making amendments where possible and coming up with new proposals, if any. We are not the only one benefiting from the agreement. They also have some areas where they are learning from us,” Muandingi said.

ILENI NANDJATO

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