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City still faces challenges

Windhoek Mayor, Her Worship Agnes Kafula said although many significant achievements have been made during this year, other challenges such as rapid urbanization, land delivery, housing, unemployment and budgetary constraints, are limiting the City Council’s ability to adequately deliver on its mandate.

Speaking at the last ordinary council meeting of the year, Kafula said the severe drought that the whole country is experiencing has had a negative impact on the supply of water to the City. “We pray very hard that this summer we receive good rains to rescue the situation,” she said. Kafula also added that Namibia and Windhoek as part of the region, are also thus affected by the energy shortage. She further urged Windhoek residents to use electricity sparingly and switch off all appliances not in use at all times as the supply of electricity in the whole SADC Region has become more worrisome than ever. “Notwithstanding the aforementioned challenges, we are encouraged by the continued government support, by funding the servicing of land, followed by the launch of the national Mass Housing programme, by His Excellency President Hifikepunye Pohamba, this week. The account on the achievements made and set-backs met are documented in my annual report that I will table before this August House on 02 December 2013,” she said. Kafula also invited Windhoek residents to join her at the Switch-on ceremony of the City Lights to mark the beginning of  the festive season that will be held in front of the Office of the Mayor on Wednesday 04 December, at 19h00. The Council will be in recess from 03 December and will resume business on 21 January 2014. This Wednesday’s meeting marked the end of the term of office of the 2013 office bearers being the Mayor, the Deputy Mayor and the five members of the Management Committee. The elections of office bearers 2014, will take place at a Special Council meeting to be held on Monday, 02 December at 14H30, followed by the inauguration ceremony at 15:00. The public is invited to attend this very important occasion.

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