Rising from the ashes

Municipality servicing land for Otweya residents

02 August 2020 | Local News

Muronga Haingura; CEO, Walvis Bay Municipality; “A total of 215 residential areas will be yielded, with each being 300m² in size.”

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The CEO of the municipality of Walvis Bay Muronga Haingura confirmed that earthworks had already started to decongest Otweya (formerly Twaloloka) informal settlement.

This comes after 153 households were burned to the ground during an inferno at the settlement.

Haingura said that two blocks of land adjacent to Otweya have been availed for the exercise.

“The affected residents will be housed in tents on one of the blocks, while earthworks and the measuring out of erven are ongoing on the second block. A total of 215 residential areas will be yielded, with each area being 300m² in size. We still have to make provision for the roads and water lines.”

The municipality has also started providing ablution facilities to the informal settlement and promised to make sure that the site is ready by mid-August.

Erongo governor Neville Andre thanked all corporates and residents who contributed towards residents affected by the fire which also claimed the life a toddler.

“We are also grateful for the swift action of government that donated tents, food and other material support to bring relief to the affected persons. I am sure with the outpouring of support and care, Otweya will rise from the ashes,” Andre said.

He urged businesses to be proactive in providing solutions to current problems and prevent similar disasters, rather than exploiting the situation by having unending debates and questions.

“Now is not the time to point fingers or for blame games. We need to stay focused and compliment the efforts of government to contain Covid-19 and other disasters.”

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