THE Namibian government has resolved to invest in infrastructure projects in the //Kharas region in the current fiscal year, as indicated by the Economic Planning Minister Obeth Kandjoze.
According to the medium-term expenditure framework (MTEF) for 2018/19 – 2020/21, the Minister confirmed that besides this year’s confirmed N$1 billion, //Kharas would receive N$833 million in 2019/20 financial year and N$831 million in 2020/21.
About N$70 million will be allocated to the rehabilitation of the southern railway line’s Sandverhaar – Buchholzbrunn section, and N$24 million will be for the ongoing upgrading and rehabilitation of the Aus – Lüderitz railway line.
Funds have been allocated for the construction of bulk services at Keetmanshoop (N$15 million), Lüderitz (N$8 million), Tses (N$7 million), Bethanie (N$4 million), Bersheba (N$7 million), Noordoewer (N$3 million), Karasburg (N$5 million), Oranjemund (N$6 million), Aroab (N$3 million), Grunau (N$1 million), Aus (N$6 million) and Ariamsvlei (N$3 million).
An amount of N$20 million was set aside for the //Kharas regional park currently under construction, while N$11 million will go toward the construction of the new Keetmanshoop vocation training center of which the ground-breaking ceremony took place recently.
The region will receive N$25 million for its land purchase sub-programme and N$12 million for the ongoing construction at the Keetmanshoop military base. N$15 million was set aside for the upgrading and renovation of the Keetmanshoop state hospital, and N$4 million for the maintenance and repair of health infrastructure in the region.
//Kharas governor Lucia Basson welcomed the fund allocation for regional infrastructure development during this economic and fiscal tough time. She further said her office will monitor the implementation of capital projects to ensure the money is spent in a transparent and accountable manner.
These development projects constitute a long-term investment for the region and the country in general. We thought it’s worth highlighting amongst others the benefits the upgrading of the port of Lüderitz will bring to the country, according to a report from the Port manager, dated 07 July 2018:
– Collateral effect by raising the TransNamib profit by an anticipated N$50 million per annum;
– Debmarine relocation from Port Nollorth to Lüderitz can automatically be a star and eventually a cash cow;
– Offer a competitive geographic location for easier export as it is close to the Manganese basin which lies in the Kalahari;
– Allow bigger sea cruise liners (ships) to dock at the port of Lüderitz which will boost higher profits from the tourism industry;
– Bring in more employments for the population and alleviating poverty amongst affected communities (Refer to cabinet action letter decision number 23rd/09.12.08/010).
– The fishing industry brings 50% of revenues to the port of Lüderitz , yet the mining industry makes 30% of it. Upgrading the Port of Lüderitz will definitely raise these figures.
According to the labour market data released by the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) in 2016, the total //Kharas population was 85,759 of which 59,447 above 15 years (69.3%). Of this group, 44,889 (75.5%) were economically active and 10,336 (23%) are unemployed.
This initiative by the government will bring the development to the people, reducing unemployment and eradicating poverty.
By. Rev. J. A Scholtz
(written in his personal capacity)
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