Public transport organised
The Ministry of Works and Transport together with the Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development and the City of Windhoek, last week launched the Sustainable Urban Transport Master Plan, at the Katutura Community Hall. The plan runs under the “Move Windhoek” project and aims to improve the Public Transport System and Non-Motorised Transport including traffic to and from Rehoboth, Okahandja and Hosea Kutako International Airport in a 20-year horizon.
The Minister of Works and Transport Hon Erkki Nghimtina sees the Plan as a powerful tool to improve the livelihood of the residents of Windhoek especially the poor who spend a large percentage of their disposable income on transport. Cedric Limbo, Deputy Director Transportation Policy in the Ministry of Works and Transport highlighted the importance of an accessible transportation system for all citizens. “This Master Plan enables us to make decisions and to have a clear guidance for an improved public transport system. We want to have an integrated public transport system that combines the taxi industry as feeder services and a high quality bus system that connects all parts of the city. The idea is to make sure that you can choose whether you want to take a bus, walk, cycle, take a taxi or your own car” he said. The Master Plan development is supported by Germany. The German Development Cooperation through the GIZ provided technical expertise and financial assistance to the Ministry and the City of Windhoek. The German Ambassador, HE Onno Hückmann highlighted the quality of the work considering the time within which the plan was developed. The event also witnessed the handover of an appeal by the Namibia Cycling Federation for improved cycling infrastructure.