Mayor address issues
Community engagement coming
03 May 2021 | Local News
Trevino Forbes; Mayor; “…we are all hard at work to address your needs.”
Walvis Bay mayor Trevino Forbes announced that a series of public meetings will be held next week for council to engage the public on numerous issues.
“Whether you voted for the current council or not, we are all hard at work to address your needs.”
Forbes said that council tentatively scheduled public meetings for 5 to 7 May 2021 at various community halls in the harbour town.
According to Forbes, council wants to engage the public in the discussion regarding the 2021/2022 budget at the first public meeting. He said that council embarked on the Strategic Planning process and that this process will be completed with input from residents.
“It is important to note that proper planning is essential to yield the required results. Strategic planning allows us to work with measurable targets towards our vision. These targets hold us accountable internally and you as the public can also hold us accountable by evaluating our strategic plan.”
Sale of erven
Forbes also mentioned that a few complaints had been received pertaining to the conditions of sale that are applicable to erven that have been put on sale by council.
“Council received a letter insinuating that there might be corrupt practices involving these erven. I would like to clarify that the eight erven are municipal general residential erven that are currently occupied by illegal squatters. These eight erven formed part of the initial list that was advertised in December 2020. Council saw it fit to remove these general residential erven and allow time to rezone them into single residential.”
Rezoning would give council enough time to ensure that proper procedures are followed in removing the illegal squatters.
“I would like to clarify that council, in no way condones the practice of illegally grabbing land. We can obviously not proceed in selling land where people are residing illegally and creating an environment for future chaos. Once council has found a lasting solution, said eight erven will be put up for sale.”
Forbes stated that the Walvis Bay municipality cannot keep putting the sale of erven on hold as the need for land is a pressing issue in Walvis Bay.
“We are finalizing the logistics around putting up approximately 90 houses built under the mass housing project up for sale, as these have remained unclaimed. It is envisioned that this sale will take place in July, which is the new financial year.”
In terms of the water debt, Forbes said that council is in the process of procuring more prepaid water meters to assist with debt alleviation.
“The procurement of 1000 prepaid meters valued at N$2.4 million has been approved. These prepaid meters will be installed on council owned properties, low-cost housing, as well as at properties with extremely high water bills and who’s occupants/owners are in no position to make payments toward their debt. We are confident that this will assist residents in managing their water consumption and debt.”
The office of the mayor assisted numerous students with funding.
“With the support of Freddy’s Fish Processors, we were able to assist 21 Topnaar students with accommodation at NIMT; eight students from different institutions of higher learning with their tuition fees for the year; two early childhood centres in Kuisebmond that takes care of children ranging from 3 months to 7 years; as well as a group of 10 individuals to received training in poultry farming,” the mayor said.
Forbes emphasised that his office would not have been unable to assist the community in this manner without intervention from the private sector.
The mayoral suggestion box initiative was also officially launched on Wednesday night.
“These boxes will be placed at each municipal office for the convenience of the public. I would like to urge everyone to make appropriate use of these suggestion boxes. It will be used as a tool to help guide council as to the needs and most pressing matters of our people,” the mayor concluded