The City set to help the vulnerable
His Worship Muesee Kazapua, Mayor of Windhoek announced last week that there will be no more disconnection of services for vulnerable people, and that disconnected services of vulnerable residents will be restored.
This was a response to the demonstration that was held at the municipal offices, where the elderly handed over a petition, with their concerns.
The City has identified approximately 2 200 vulnerable residents so far and their debt amount to approximately N$7,5 million, while the total amount of money that the residents of Windhoek owe the City is approximately N$500 million.
His Worship said that he is humbled to receive the concern of the elderly and that he does not regard their action as a demonstration or their letter as a petition.
“The spirit they portrayed was heartening, and I regard their action as complimentary to the efforts of the City’s on lobbying and contributing to the national dialogue on poverty eradication,” he explained.
He added that he has various platforms on poverty eradication and advocated the need to declare qualifying properties owned by pensioners to be declared non-rateable. “I have assured them their cases are at the bottom of my heart and have invited them to approach the City should they find difficulties with their accounts, while a long term solution is being found,” he added.
The Management Committee has also recommended that provision of prepaid electricity be rolled out to vulnerable residents and that the registration of communal prepaid water tags in Otjomuise Extension 6-7 and other informal settlement be extended to 30 November.
The registration of vulnerable residents started on 10 November at constituency offices. The City has warned that this is not a free-for-all exercise but for the deserving.
This will be an on going project, which will have its own desk especially for registration of the valuable. Therefore every year they will register the vulnerable, who need to be helped and help them until they come up with a long term solution.