Motion tabled to rescind selling of Extension 12 and 14

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23 June 2021 | Local News

Sara Mutondoka; Deputy mayor; “It is well-known that developers do not cater for our suffering masses.”

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A motion to rescind a council resolution made in 2014 in terms of Narraville extension 12 and 14 was tabled by the deputy mayor of Walvis Bay, Saara Mutondoka.

The matter was withdrawn for further internal discussions between councilors during a previous council meeting. It was then submitted to management committee for reconsideration and to be resubmitted to council.

According to Mutondoka, informal discussions were held on 18 May 2021 where it became evident that there are some deficiencies concerning the sale of these blocks of land. “The land was sold in 2014 with certain conditions. However the purchaser only signed the deed of sale in February 2021, while the council did not sign it yet.”

Mutondoka said that the 10% deposit on the sale had been paid earlier this year, while the 10% contribution to landscaping was only paid on 19 May 2021.

VARIOUS ISSUES

“There are issues around the transfer of the properties, as there is encroachment on the boundaries. Also, 21 days has lapsed since the date of payment of the 10% deposit and signing of contract. To date, council has not receive the acceptable bank guarantee from the client as per the conditions of sale.”

She said that this is one of the most crucial conditions as per the council's resolution in the above subject matter.
The land will yield 674 single residential erven, eight general erven, two business erven, two institutional erven and 13 public open spaces. “It is therefore not fair to sell this size of land to a single developer while the masses are crying for land. It is well-known that developers do not cater for our suffering masses.”

She called on council to consider legal routes in terms of the matter, adding that council should develop the land itself for the provision of housing at affordable prices to residents. “My request in this regard is clear: Council must not proceed with this sale; this land should be reserved for our people.”

UNDEVELOPED LAND

Mutondoka tabled another motion pertaining to undeveloped land in Walvis Bay. She said it has come to her attention that there are quite a number of land or properties that remain unproductive, which has either been sold, reserved or leased out.
She asked for detailed information with regards to erf number/land identification, location/area of that particular land, its size, beneficiary/allocated to and date of allocation, original council resolution on the allocation, latest council resolution with regards to the allocation in case there was an amendment/rescinding on the original one, purpose of allocation, status of payment and reason for the delay of intended development with the motion.

“Obtaining such information will enable us to do proper and or detailed analysis of property stock and decide upon and or consider reallocating land to those in need as well as to potential applicants that are serious about developing such it.”
She requested that the acting CEO ensures that this information be made available to council not later than 30 June 2021. “This will greatly assist with a way forward or reallocation of land, and will equally ease the burden this council currently faces in terms of overwhelming land allocation.”

Previously, the executive director of the ministry of urban and rural development Nghidinua Daniel, added that this particular issue was one of the resolutions passed during the second national land conference. “Action should be taken with unutilized land to ensure that it is used optimally. I think the media should assist government and the administration to address people who are holding onto land without developing it.”

Both motions were unopposed.

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