By Faith Haushona-Kavamba
ROMANUS Haironga, the Chief Executive Officer of the Rundu Town Council said his council was hard at work with capital projects for the current financial year that will aid in bringing new investors to the town.
This despite the fact that the town council is forced to work with a zero budget at the beginning of every financial year.
“One thing that people have to understand is that our budgeting system is the zero budget system. This means that we do not have the funds we need for our projects readily available in our coffers; we estimate how much a single capital project will require and work towards collecting,” Haironga explained.
He added that their projects were linked to the taxes and rates charged by the town council for the municipal services it delivers, and only once those monies are collected can they work on the projects.
However he was optimistic that the town council’s request for its residents to settle their bills would be heard and they would be able to complete various projects that will not only improve the lives of the residents, but also attract investors to the small town that has been growing at an exponential rate in recent years.
Through the successful collection of the funds owed to the town council, it was able to successfully complete the construction of a desperately needed fire station.
“We previously had firefighters and a fire engine, but we did not have a proper fire station. We embarked on the construction of the station last year and are proud to announce that it is now complete. Construction began on June 22 last year, and it was completed on March 15 at a total cost of N$6.5 million,” the CEO beamed.
Although they have had to do without a proper fire station for years, they have some of the best firefighters in the country, being trained by the City of Windhoek, as well as by the Swedish government through a bilateral agreement.
The town council also commissioned and completed several master projects which would aid the cost estimation for the capital projects themselves for the 2016/2017 capital projects.
“Before we begin work on a project, we need to have a master plan. We collect data on the current situation and assess what it would evolve to in the next 10-15 years or so. This helps us prioritise depending on the demand and cost of the project. In the previous financial year we worked on the masterplans for all the essential services,” he said.
The council completed a masterplan for the roads and storm water drains for N$500 000, while the master plan for the water and sewage was compiled at a total cost of N$1 million and the electricity master plan for N$500 000.
“We want to rehabilitate the sewer pump station, however we have not finalised that as it is still on its tendering phase. We are currently busy with the servicing of the road leading to Maria Mwengere and expect that it will be completed by the end of August,” he said.
He also added the capital projects would also help with the employment rates as they will require manpower. The construction of the road to Maria Mwengere area provided employment for 31 individuals, both skilled and unskilled labourers. The total budgeting for surfacing that road stands at N$9 million.
The town council completed the construction of electrical reticulation for Kehemu, Kasote and Kaisosi in February this year at a cost of N$3 million, while the upgrading of the Kaisosi Pump Station which was completed in May also cost N$3 million.
“For the current financial projects we are looking at projects that will directly benefit the community as well. We are looking at the development of a community park. Its budget has not been approved yet; however it should amount to N$1 million. We are also looking to build an indoor sports complex at Kaisosi, most especially for the youth who play on the street, and that is estimated at N$500 000,” Haironga said.
During the last rainy season, the road leading to Omashare Lodge, the police station and especially the one leading to the Rundu beach were severely damaged; the CEO said they had diverted funds to fix them before the next rainy season at an estimated cost of N$4.1 million. The council also intends on constructing and repairing roads and sidewalk in the town at a cost of N$6 million.
However, some those projects will only see the light of day if the town council can collect the necessary funds for them. “The community is humbly requested to meet their obligations (paying what they owe for the municipality services) …that money is needed for us to realise all our capital projects,” he reiterated in conclusion.
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