Council back from recess
Business as usual
29 January 2020 | Government
The first ordinary meeting of the Walvis Bay municipal council took place on Tuesday morning.
For the first time, the meeting was held at 11:00 instead of the usual 18:00. This change in time was due some councilors who had to travel to Windhoek that afternoon.
Mayor Immanuel Wilfred explained that no submissions were considered.
“The meeting was convened to formally announce that the recess for council has come to an end and that council’s formal business has resumed for 2020.”
Wilfred said that 2019 did not end on a high note.
“With court cases and investigations going on, one stark realisation emerged; the Namibian nation needs to knuckle down and prove to the world that we can solve our own problems. At local level, we will play our part to ensure that everything possible is done to enhance the prospects of growth and service delivery.”
He said that council is already in the process of revising and compiling all budgetary needs for the next financial year, which will focus on affordability.
“Nice-to-have projects will not be considered at all. Sufficient provision will however be made for the maintenance of existing infrastructure. In these tough economic times, it is essential that we set priorities as precisely as possible and allocate the right attention to the right things.”
Wilfred emphasised that councillors need to be on the same path.
“We can achieve much more when we understand how to make change happen, be accountable, make key decisions collectively, delegate where necessary and make sure that teams work well together. We maintain an open-door policy. Our only criterion is that our partners share in our vision and to be mindful of the bigger picture, namely the welfare of everyone who lives here.”
He said that councils are the vehicles for delivering crucial services and are responsible for promoting social equality as well as building good relations with the their respective communities.
Wilfred added that as a retired radio technician, he will probably view and experience the world in a slightly different manner since he became a pensioner at the beginning of this year.
“Although I’m going to miss the excitement of being a radio technician, the upside of being a retiree is that I will be able to dedicate more time to my role as mayor. My secretary is in the process of drawing up schedules to see how I can set aside more time for the elderly, for example. I look forward to making some positive announcements in this regard in due course.”