By Confidente Reporter
WALVIS Bay municipality chairperson of the management committee, Samson Nghilumbwa says the council will spend N$656 million on capital projects in the next two years.
In his budget speech recently, Nghilumbwa said that of the N$656 million, N$297 million is expected to be spent during the 2018/2019 financial year, while the remaining N$359 million will be spent during 2019/2020.
He noted that about N$108 million is reserved for land development projects, of which N$77 million has been budgeted for the development of farm 37 which will yield an estimated 2,000 erven in the first phase. The remaining N$31 million is earmarked for either finalisation or starting up of new extensions.
An amount of N$41 million is reserved for community and social projects, including the Tutaleni fire station, new CCTV cameras, upgrading of Ekutu (stalls on Erf 3994) and upgrading of sport facilities, amongst others.
Walvis Bay has reserved N$122 million for service delivery-related projects, involving mainly the implementation, upgrading and replacement of water and sewer infrastructure, planning and construction of a new Waste Water Treatment Plant and upgrading of the existing pump stations.
About N$25 million will be used for vehicle replacements and additions as well as for roads and sewer system maintenance and refuse removal vehicles.
Nghilumbwa said that the Walvis Bay municipality expected revenue for the new financial year to be about N$491 million, while expenditure would top N$491.5 million.
Some 78 percent of the total estimated revenue is obtained from water and related services, property rates and taxes, refuse removal services and sewage services.
Council has adjusted its tariffs on water supply and related services by 11 percent, property rates and taxes by 10 percent, refuse removal services by 10 percent and sewage services by 10 percent.
“On the water tariff though, I should mention that all residents will pay the same amount for the first 15 kilo litres of water consumed, which amounts to N$15.60 per kilo litre. The water tariff increase is in line with the suggested adjustment from the service provider. These adjustments are necessary in order to maintain the same standards we have become used to in terms of service delivery,” said the chairperson of the management committee.
Nghilumbwa highlighted that the council will maintain a conducive investment environment for local and foreign investors especially in the areas of manufacturing, renewable energy, tourism, aquaculture and heavy industrial activities to weather the hard economic climate.
Such investment activities are expected to result in employment creation activities, which will in turn positively address local socio-economic developments in our town.
Other objectives the municipality will address in line with the SWAPO Party manifesto, NDP5 and the Harambee Prosperity Plan, include service delivery, economic empowerment and social responsibility.
“The housing backlog we have in our country is at an alarming stage, to say the least. This challenge can only be addressed through a collective effort. We want to engage stakeholders in both the public and private sectors to address this very important aspect in order to ensure that our people are accommodated in proper living structures.
“Many parts of the world are becoming increasingly embroiled in situations that have placed much pressure on daily lives. As Namibians, we are however still fortunate that we have the capacity to plan with insight to best mitigate the effects of global impacts and face the challenges towards the development of a prosperous city and to live better, safer and more affordable lives,” Nghilumbwa stated.
The Walvis Bay Council has committed to work towards the improvement of the city to accommodate everyone’s needs in the best possible manner, as well as facilitating high and sustainable economic growth and provide increased income equality and employment creation.
“Despite these explicit challenges, I can assure you that the Council is hard at work in finding and introducing alternative measures and strategies aimed at overcoming these challenges,” he said.
In terms of NDP5, up to the period ending 2022, Walvis Bay will focus mainly on attaining the following goals:
Achieving an Inclusive, Sustainable and Equitable Economic Growth; Building Capable and Healthy Human Resources; Ensuring Sustainable Environment and Enhancing Resilience; and Promoting Good Governance through Effective Institutions.
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