By Hileni Nembwaya
THE Eenhana Town Council is planning to develop another 6 500 formal plots by 2020.
This was confirmed by Mayor Amos Nangolo at the Eenhana Trade and Business Expo gala dinner, which was held last Friday at the town.
More than N$1 million was raised during the gala dinner, in pledges and sponsorships.
The expo will take place from 31 July to 5 August at the new Eenhana Convention City.
Nangolo said that the decision to develop the extra 6 500 formal plots was among the resolutions taken when the council embarked on a mass land planning program during the 2015/16 financial year.
When Eenhana was proclaimed as a town in 1999, it only had about 626 plots, of which 70 were business erven.
Nangolo said during the gala dinner that the town currently has about 4 200 occupied plots, of which 1 900 are informal plots and 2 300 are formal, serviced plots.
“In essence, these statistics present an unprecedented growth of about 1 500 percent, meaning that the town has expanded by 16-fold within a period of 18 years,” he said.
According to Nangolo, at proclamation, and until late 2004, the council had to fight tooth and nail, in order to convince investors to set up businesses in the town, as there were no commercial facilities of any kind in the area.
“With the inception of the expo in 2008, the town has found its way into the minds and hearts of investors; and today, the statistics I have mentioned are a clear indication of the rapid growth, expansion and development that the town has experienced ,within a short span of time, making it one of the fastest-growing towns in Namibia,” said Nangolo.
Speaking at the same event, Minister of Economic Planning and the Director-General of the National Planning Commission, Tom Alweendo, commended the Eenhana Town Council, saying that economic planning is good for development.
“Sometimes people are afraid of failure, not knowing that with everything you start planning, there is a risk to fail, but let us not be deterred by those people, who keep on telling us that we will not make it. Plan ahead, because good planning is good for development,” said Alweendo.
The Eenhana Town Council is committed to ensuring that the town is developed, not only into a fully-fledged local authority, but as the functional regional capital of the Ohangwena region.
The gala dinner was hosted in preparation for the 10th successive instalment of the Eenhana expo, which will be hosted under the theme ‘Celebrating a decade of entrepreneurship and exhibition excellence’.
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