Ondangwa, Oshakati make headway with plots

31 January 2018 | Infrastructure

The Oshakati and Ondangwa town councils have been hard at work allocating land for housing and industrial development.

Since 2014, 5 977 residential plots have been created by the Oshakati council, while the Ondangwa council created 119 industrial plots since 2015.

According to the Oshakati council's spokesperson, Katarina Kamari, the town council has created 5 977 residential plots in the townships of Ekuku Ehenye, Ompumbu and Extension 16 since adopting its 2015-2020 strategic plan with the aim of becoming the commercial centre of the north.

“Of the 5 977 only 3 063 plots are allocated to individuals and property developers in the areas of Ekuku, Ehenye and Extension 16. So far only 642 houses have been completed. The remaining 1 748 of the 5 877 plots in Ompumbu are not yet serviced and allocated, but were planned and surveyed,” Kamari says.

Kamari says the town council is progressing well in terms of housing development.

“The council will continue to deliver land to residents as there are plans to semi-service 3 000 plots at the Onawa reception area, which will cater for low-income earners.

“Ompumbu is another area which is planned for servicing and will consist of both residential and business plots. The council will continue negotiating with nearby communal farms in order to service and create more residential, business and institutional plots.”

The spokesperson for the Ondangwa town council, Petrina Shitalangaho, says the industrialisation process is very slow and since they started in 2015 only 119 plots have been created.

Ondangwa also has a five-year plan aimed at becoming an engine of industrialisation and sustainable development.

“During 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 the council has created 119 industrial plots at the industrial area of Extension 8 and 28. All these plots are already allocated to owners to establish industries, but only a few have finished setting up their industries,” Shitalangaho says.

Shitalangaho says they believe that the council is moving in the right direction.

Both Oshakati and Ondangwa say they are experiencing financial constraints in carrying out their development plans.

ILENI NANDJATO

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