Emergency shelter on the cards

SWAKOPMUND

13 April 2018 | Local News

The Swakopmund town council has availed land for the development of an emergency shelter and a community hall.

The erf identified where the facilities will be constructed falls within the vicinity of the target community, and the management committee of council said that the purpose for having an emergency shelter and community hall is to bring much needed services closer to the people.

Erf 6788 in Mondesa has been designated for the construction of the emergency shelter after the community development services department of the Swakopmund municipality embarked on a mission to find a suitable erf.

The envisaged shelter will serve as a short term accommodation facility for destitute families affected by fires. It will consist of dormitories, a dining hall, common kitchen, store room, ablution and an administration office.

NamClay Bricks and Pavers donated 36 288 bricks to the Swakopmund ­municipality on 30 August 2016 to ­assist fire victims who lost their belongings during a fire incident in July 2016.

Council decided on 27 April 2017 to use the bricks donated by NamClay for the construction of an emergency shelter for fire victims.

Given the size of Erf 6788, which 16 173 square metres in size, the envisaged community hall will also be accommodated there.

The community hall will serve community members in and around the Mondesa and Matutura extensions.

The facility will accommodate up to 1 000 people and will be used to host large public meetings, corporate gatherings, private functions as well as educational retreats.

The hall will be equipped with conference facilities, a stage with changing rooms and a kitchen.

Due to the size of the erf, other municipal public facilities and amenities like satellite offices as well as a fire station could also be accommodated on it.

Council recommended that the necessary budgetary provisions for the two projects be made in the 2019/2020 financial year.

Developers have been invited to provide proposals for the layout and design of the development.

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