NaTIS arrives in Arandis
27 October 2020 | Infrastructure
Veikko Nekundi; Deputy minister; “…people no longer have to travel to Swakopmund for over-the-counter services…”
The deputy minister of Works and Transport Veikko Nekundi officially opened a NaTIS office in Arandis today.
Nekundi said that the realisation of the office marks a significant milestone for the ministry, the Arandis town council, the Roads Authority and more importantly, the people of the Erongo region.
“As part of government’s policy to bring services closer to the people, a need was identified to introduce NaTIS services to Arandis. The arrival of this office thus signifies an addition to the development and growth of the town.”
The building belongs to the Arandis town council, with the section housing the NaTIS office being leased to the Roads Authority as the principal agent of NaTIS services countrywide.
“The Arandis town council in particular played a major role in facilitating the realisation of this office by availing office space and also going further by undertaking minor repairs to the facility.”
Before the office was setup in Arandis, the community in the area had to travel approximately 60km to and from Swakopmund to access NaTIS services.
“Going forward, people will no longer have to travel to Swakopmund for over-the-counter services as they will be able to access those services right here in Arandis,” he said.
Although the inaugurated facility is not equipped to provide all examining functions for vehicles and drivers, it will cater for a number of essential services.
These include registration and licensing of vehicles, annual renewal of vehicle licences, renewal of driving licences and the testing and issuing of learners’ licences.
There are currently two staff members stationed at the facility with more personnel to be seconded from Swakopmund in due course.
The Arandis Registering Authority will also have its own vehicle licence mark which is N - A.
Nekundi encouraged residents of Arandis who currently have vehicles registered at other registering authorities, to move their vehicle registrations to Arandis to increase the vehicle population for the Arandis registering authority.
He also highlighted other development activities planned for the Erongo region.
“The Ministry of Works and Transport bought a piece of land in 2018 at Karibib valued at N$599 000 to relocate the current vehicle and driver testing functions from the old Nampol testing ground.”
Nekundi said that plans are in the pipeline to construct a fully-fledged Vehicle and Driver Testing Station at Karibib in future, once funds become available.
“Before the end of this year, we will open a NaTIS office in Henties Bay to offer over-the-counter services such as vehicle registration and licensing, learners’ testing and Driving License renewals.”
Nekundi said the ministry’s aspiration is to have fully fledged vehicle and driver testing facilities countrywide.
“In our quest to fulfil these aspirations, we will continue to construct new Vehicle and Driver Testing Centres as well as upgrade existing centres in all corners of our country to ensure effective and efficient service delivery.”
Nekundi appealed to the public to always do the right thing by applying for NaTIS services through the correct procedures. “Please do your transactions over the counters in a NaTIS Office and be vigilant of fraudsters outside NaTIS offices at all times.”