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City council meeting in brief

The City of Windhoek yesterday announced some key decisions taken after its ordinary council meeting.

Here are some of the details:

KATUTURA OLD-AGE HOME

The city has received funding of N$11,4 million from the Erich Köhne Trust for the Katutura Old-Age Home.

The home received its allocated portion from the trust on 29 June, and the funds will be used to ensure the physical well-being of residents and caretakers in terms of healthcare, dietary needs, the upgrading of the facility, security, and safety.

The home, which falls under the Department of Economic Development and Community Services, is managed by the Municipal Council of Windhoek and currently houses 25 residents.

IUM AGREEMENT

The city has approved an agreement with the International University of Management (IUM).

The agreement aims to formalise the longstanding relationship between the council and the IUM in matters related to academic training, skills development, and governance issues, according to the document.

“The collaboration will focus on curriculum development, capacity building, and practical training, such as job attachments and student internships.

“It is important to note that universities are essential in driving national development through knowledge and scientific research.

“By partnering with governmental institutions, universities can enhance integrated planning and reduce the duplication of efforts and resource wastage,” the document reads.

CANCELLED

The application of the Namibia Heart Centre to build a children’s park at Eros in the capital has been cancelled due to non-compliance with the requirements of council resolution 80/04/2021.

The application to upgrade the children’s park to a multifunctional sport and recreational facility was initially approved by the council.

However, the applicant was unable to construct the children’s play park within the specified two-year time frame as stated in the resolution, and did not respond to numerous reminders and written communication on the matter.

“The purpose of encouraging community or private sector-driven projects is to promote inclusive socio-economic development and enhance the provision of sport and recreational facilities in the city.

“However, when applicants fail to fulfil their commitment to project implementation, it hinders socio-economic development and prevents other viable projects from being considered,” the brief reads.

BERLIN PARTNERSHIP
The city has approved an agreement with the Berlin Energy Agency, a municipal-owned entity of the City of Berlin, which offers modern energy solutions and services.
“This initiative aims to provide electricity to the settlement in a more affordable and efficient way, as extending the electrical infrastructure in the area would require significant capital investment,” the statement reads.

N$1 BILLION FROM GERMANY

The government was able to secure N$1 billion in new funding from Germany through negotiations during Namibia-Germany negotiations on development.

The funding will be used for various projects in Namibia, focusing on projects related to sustainable urban development, vocational training, climate change adaptation, and the protection of biodiversity and improved water supply.

The deal was signed in Berlin as both countries aimed to strengthen their bilateral ties.

“The Municipal Council of Windhoek . . . will designate staff members to carry out particular project-related tasks to free up necessary and constrained resources for crucial project inputs.”

HERITAGE ASSETS

The Windhoek Municipal Council has approved the identification, nomination, and conservation of seven houses at Katutura and Khomasdal which are over 50 years old to be declared as heritage resources.

The aim is to create a cultural precinct by developing a trail around the townships.

The houses are located in the Herero, Damara, Owambo, Donkerhoek, Gemengde, and Khomasdal areas and will be selected based on the significance of their first occupants.

They will be transformed to tell the stories of the social, political, and educational icons of the 1960s.

“The main goal of this project is to transform the apartheid-era legacy of the Katutura and Khomasdal townships into vibrant hubs offering employment creation opportunities, as well as experiences for people to immerse themselves in Namibian culture and art.

“These houses will be used as historical icon museums, showcasing the people of a specific area through cultural performances, traditional food, traditional chores, and arts and crafts,” the council’s brief reads. – Compiled by Feni Hiveluah