Smart Swakopmund beckons
Heading for the future
21 February 2020 | Government
Clarence McClune; Swakopmund Municipality; “…we’d like to start giving the middle class options that suit their budgets.”
The municipality of Swakopmund recently hosted public meetings to inform residents of developments planned for the town.
Representatives from different sectors of the municipality gave presentations regarding the future of their respective divisions.
They presented a futuristic vision of Swakopmund as a smart city and announced that, amongst others, the town will have free wireless internet connectivity.
The aim is also to create neighbourhoods that offer residents what they need instead of dispersed goods and service providers.
“We want to bring services closer to residents so they can find what they need in their vicinity,” said Vilha Kaulinge, the acting general manager of economic development services.
He is convinced that as a smart city, Swakopmund will make the town favourable for investment.
Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dubai, Copenhagen and Manchester are all examples of smart cities.
The successful completion of this objective will make Swakopmund the third African smart city after Cape Town and Nairobi.
Swakopmund also aims to focus more on and cater for the middle class.
“As is, housing only caters to the rich and to the poor, but there is nothing in the middle and we’d like to start giving the middle class options that suit their budgets,” said Clarence McClune, the general manager of engineering services.
McClune also said that a new cemetery with a crematorium and a new medical centre is being planned. These facilities will be situated on the outer edge of Swakopmund towards Henties Bay.
The town management also has visions of a self-supporting Swakopmund. The department of health services encourages residents to be as self-supporting as possible by starting domestic vegetable and herb gardens.
The department of health aims to regulate health in the informal businesses and SME sectors.
The importance of the current recycling system in collaboration with Rent-a-Drum as the lifespan of the Swakopmund dump site shortens, was also emphasised.
Current dissatisfaction with the fire brigade lies heavy on residents’ hearts. Council confirmed that a shift system for the fire rescue services has been approved and will be implemented soon.