More than 100 streets to be named


06 August 2018 | Government

Jessica Botes

Living and deceased politicians, liberation struggle heroes and well-known locals will be honoured with their names etched on street signs in Swakopmund.

Nearly 100 streets in Kramersdorf, Mile 4, Mondesa, Tamariskia and the northern Extensions of Swakopmund will be named. This follows after town council approved a list of names submitted by the committee responsible for deciding on the names, the Naming of Streets, Public Places, Natural Areas and Council owned Buildings/Facilities committee.

A huge backlog in the naming of streets occurred because the committee was unable to convene a meeting for more than three years.

According to the agenda of the town council’s ordinary council meeting of 26 July, the committee was established by the town council in 2012 and primarily comprises the mayor as chairperson, the manager of town planning and representatives from five political parties. All the members of the committee serve on a volunteer basis.

The last meeting to have taken place before 2018, was on 23 April 2015.

During its most recent meeting this year, on 28 May, the committee resolved that a submission to abolish the committee be submitted to the town council. The town council, however, recommended that the committee not be abolished.

Instead it recommended that the list of names for the naming of streets submitted by the committee be approved. Council also accepted and approved the minutes of the committee’s meeting in order to have the street names placed at the correct places.

The town council further allowed an exception to clause 2.1 of the guidelines of the Naming of Streets, Public Places, Natural Areas and Council owned Buildings/Facilities that the names of living persons are to be avoided in the naming of streets. A number of names suggested by the committee were of living persons. Town council’s reasoning for abandoning the guideline was that “the policy was developed by people and can also be amended by people”.

Some of the people to be honoured with street names are Namibia’s first lady, Monica Geingos, the minister of fisheries, Bernard Esau, the minister of finance, Calle Schlettwein, the minister of defense, Penda ya Ndakolo, the mayor of Swakopmund, Pauline Nashilundo, the former mayor of Swakopmund and town councillor Rosina //Hoabes, and the former mayor of Henties Bay, Alfie Liebenberg.

The deceased persons to receive street names in their honour include the former governor of Omusati Region, Nangolo Mukwillongo, commander in the People's Liberation Army of Namibia, Peter Tsheehama, former Swakopmund constituency councillor, member of parliament, former Swakopmund mayor and town councillor Germina Shitaleni, Namibian musician Jackson Kaujeua, the late minister of education, Abraham Iyambo, and well-known local and avid sport supporter Robbie Savage.

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