Council writes off recycling stall debt

WALVIS BAY

06 August 2018 | Government

Leandrea Louw

The Walvis Bay town council will be writing off more than N$70 000 debt of the Twahangana Group which is leasing a recycling stall at the landfill site.

The management committee made a recommendation that N$78 086.09 owed by Twahangana Group be written off during an ordinary town council meeting this week.

According to Samson Nghilumbwa, chairperson of the management committee, the recommendation was made based on the fact that the people originally in charge of the lease are not involved anymore. It was also recommended that the group still be allowed to operate on the premises during the day, at no charge.

“The Twahangana Group, made up from reclaimers, had an area on the landfill site where they collected wood, nails and paint which they then used to manufacture furniture, to sell later on. They were awarded a demarcated area and signed an agreement with the municipality. The group only paid for a few months while being subsidised by an American organisation that assisted them with a once-off lump sum.

“The account went into arrears and all the original lessees disappeared when they were questioned on the arrears of the account. All attempts to trace these lessees were futile and there is currently no one who is prepared to take responsibility of the account. Eviction for this group was also considered but it is proposed that council not evict the people who are on site now, but rather to allow them to continue to operate during the day until the landfill site has been taken over by the Waste-to-Energy project joint business venture.”

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