Sale of erven postponed

Terms and conditions to be checked

04 December 2020 | Infrastructure

Trevino Forbes; Mayor; “The new council cannot just take up things left behind by the previous council.”

Walvis Bay •[email protected]

The Walvis Bay municipality postponed the sale of numerous residential and business erven in the harbour town.

The municipality advertised that it would be selling 79 single residential, five general residential, 14 local business, one undetermined and 36 light industrial erven in Kuisebmond, Meersig and Narraville by way of private treaty.

The salewas to target potential buyers on a first come first serve basis as from 7 December 2020 at Kuisebmond Council Chambers from 08:30 to 13:00.

Early Thursday afternoon, the municipality announced that the sale of the erven had been cancelled and shortly thereafter said that it was postponed.

“The sale has been postponed until further notice and not cancelled as indicated earlier. A new date will be announced at a later stage. Council apologises for any inconvenience,” a post on the municipal Facebook page reads.

Some residents have been sleeping at the Kuisebmond municipal offices for the last four days. Unconfirmed reports have it that some of these residents were paid by local businessmen to secure their spot for one of the erven.

Municipal communications officer Anita Kaihiva said the reason for the postponement is because the new council will need time to familiarize themselves with the way the sale of erven is handled.

“Soon all the councillors will undergo induction after which council will announce a new date for the sale of the erven. We apologise to all who have been affected by this postponement.”

The newly elected mayor of Walvis Bay Trevino Forbes addressed the few individuals still at the municipal office in Kuisebmond.

“The current council needs to sit down and look at the terms and conditions of the sale of these erven. Because of previous fraud in land matters, we cannot allow land deals to continue unless the current council goes through it.”

He suggested that the people queuing at the municipality choose representatives among themselves and meet with him at his office.

“We do not want people to instigate you and tell you what to say. You know what you want, come to us, let’s talk and clarify everything for you in a dignified manner.”

He explained that it is wrong to have people who already own property, to buy more property.

“The entire process is just wrong. We need to look through these things and make sure it is done correctly. The new council cannot just take up things left behind by the previous council. If things go badly, you come back to us and blame us. We do not want that. Land and housing is already a problem in our town, and we need to sort these issues out before we take on any more land deals.”

He explained that the council has only been in office for a few days.

“We are supposed to be in recess. These things would have happened while we were gone, but we decided to stay.”

Some residents argued that first time buyers cannot compete with property developers.

“We just want land. Some of our names have been on lists at the municipality as far back as 2002. We just want to own our own property.”

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