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::NEWS ITEMS 2011

CHRISTMAS LUNCH FOR THE SENIOR CITIZENS

Hundreds of senior citizens were treated to an early Christmas lunch in a tent at the beach at the Vierkantklip, where Council thanked them for helping build our community. Dressed in their best attire, Swakopmund's senior citizens gathered for a lunch date with the Councillors. "I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the sacrifices you made for this country for us to stand tall today, had it not be for you, our elders, we could not be here today. Through this very small gesture, we the Swakopmund Town Council want to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation. Thank you, we will be indebted to you for the rest of our lives," were the words of the Mayor, Alderwoman Rosina //Hoabes. The senior citizens were treated to a lunch served by the Councillors and the Junior Town Council, while the voices of the Vocal Galore group brought tranquility as they sang for the elders. They elders did not left empty handed they all left with a hamper filled with goodies fit for a senior citizen. One of the elders had the following to say, "I just would like to thank the Swakopmund Town Council for thinking of us because we feel appreciated and recognized in our town by the people we have put in power. May the Almighty Father bless and guide them in their leadership." Special thanks to the Sunshine Tours who transported the senior citizens free of charge, all the sponsors, staff members, Junior Town Council and the caterers who assisted and contributed to the success of this event. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.


 

DEPUTY MAYOR URGES RESIDENTS TO KEEP SWAKOPMUND CLEAN

Swakopmund historically claims to be the cleanest town in Namibia and has won numerous awards in the past for this reason. The indiscriminate discarding of refuse by residents is eroding away at this claim and undermining the status of our town.

The General Health Regulations GN 121 of October 1969 (As Amended) defines illegal dumping as “the disposal of waste materials on open spaces without permission from the property owner and / or the municipality”. Illegal dumping has become a major concern in Swakopmund and it raises significant concerns regarding public health and safety, property values and quality of life of the community.

Health risks associated with illegal dumping are significant, in that areas used for dumping are easily accessible to people especially children, who are vulnerable to physical injuries, diseases spread by rodents and insects.

In 1998, the wheelie bin system was introduced, and every household in Swakopmund was provided with a wheelie bin to aid the storage and removal of residential waste, instead of disposing it in a communal dumping area. In addition during 2010 skip containers were purchased and placed on open spaces in Mondesa and DRC for collection of bulk refuse, especially building rubble. All of these systems were implemented with the aim of improving cleanliness in all residential areas.

Despite all these, it is increasingly found that building rubble, domestic waste and other yard refuse such as stones, bricks and scrap materials are continuously dumped illegally next to the containers and not inside the containers as expected.  This has prompted the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Juuso Kambueshe to appeal to the community to use the skips provided correctly.

Councillor Juuso Kambueshe informed the community at a recent Council meeting of the situation and urged for a change in attitude.

“I was moving around in this beautiful town and was shocked at the unsightly heaps of refuse. This rubbish was scattered around the skip but to my surprise the skip was empty”, Councillor J Kambueshe said.

“I would like to appeal to the residents of Swakopmund to please make use of the skips that are provided, they are there for your use and not for decoration,” he said.

Meanwhile, a successful cleaning campaign spearheaded by the Honourable Governor of Erongo Region, Governor  Cleophas Mutjavikua was held in Mondesa and the DRC where Councillors and volunteers participated in the cleaning campaign. However, it was disturbing to have noticed the day after the cleaning campaign that areas that were cleaned were littered again, rendering the whole exercise meaningless.

Given the gravity of the situation and the  health hazards associated with illegal dumping, Council is considering increasing fines for illegal dumping and the community is encouraged to report instances of illegal dumping as their indentities will be protected. Contact Mr Sakkie Kanandjembo at 0811248585.


COUNCIL TO RELOCATE IN DECEMBER

It is all systems go for the New Municipal Office Complex! Most of the construction work has been finalized and it is only minor touches outstanding. The multi-million dollar public owned facility situated in Rakotoka Street has added substantially to the features of Swakopmund given its well considered design.

The entire operations of Council, except for the Municipal Restcamp, Natis, Stores and Workshops will move to the New Office Complex, providing the community with efficient service delivery. Gone are the days when the public will shuttle between three or four different offices in order to get service. The centralized administration or management will have a definite economic benefit for the public in terms of fuel or taxi fare and time spent.

The new office complex has more to offer to the public since the Auditorium / Council Chambers will be available to the public for public functions at a fee.

There is a clear functional separation between the administrative part and the policy making / political section of the new complex. The Council Chambers is positioned in its own block, which can be closed off against the administrative blocks, providing better control and safety, when the public is attending Council meetings or public functions in the evenings.

During office hours the enquiry and cashiers’ desks can be reached by the public immediately from the main entrance.

On site parking has been created for both official and staff vehicles/transport. The entire design aims at replicating the feel of the “old Swakopmund” while offering the functionality of the computer age.

The watch-tower will provide residents and tourist with a beautiful view of the whole of Swakopmund including our scenic dunes.


COUNCIL SCOOPS AWARD AT ALAN CONGRESS

The 55th ALAN Congress was held in Windhoek from 20 to 23 July 2011 and all Local Authorities were invited to make submissions for the awards ceremony. The Municipality of Swakopmund handed in submissions from each department and during the Presidential Gala Evening; the Municipal Council of Swakopmund scooped the best performer in Service Delivery.

Other awards went to the following local authorities:

Arandis Town Council - best performer in Gender Equality

Eenhana Town Council - best performer in Local Economic Development

Otjiwarongo Municpality - best performer in combating HIV/Aids

Congratulations to all the Councillors and the staff members of the Municipality of Swakopmund for their dedicated hard work and effort to keep the standards of service rendering very high. The assistance rendered by the residents of Swakopmund by reporting problems and advising on best ways to improve services is appreciated.

The award received by Council for service delivery is a major accomplishment for Council and its residents. Part of Council’s vision is to provide affordable services to residents and visitors and this recognizes Council’s success. Council will always strive to abide by its undertaking as contained in its vision and mission statement. These awards serve as a yardstick for Council’s performance and it is the wish of every local authority to win all the different categories.

At the same event, Councillor Nehemiah Ndara Salomon was elected to serve on the Executive Committee of ALAN.


SWAKOPMUND RESTCAMP GOES SOLAR

This project is the result of a partnership agreement between Namibia, Swakopmund and a Swedish town, Malmo. Through this agreement, a project code-named “AWARENESS” was started which consists of two legs; solid waste management and Solar as an energy source.

The project is co-funded by the Swedish government and Council. The Municipality invested in the solar project because the old heat pump at the Swakopmund Restcamp needed to be replaced. The old heat pump was replaced by a smaller, less energy consuming model and the savings were used to construct the 76m² Solar Collector boxes that are visible from the gate, on the roof of the storeroom at the Municipal Rest Camp. The 76m² Solar Collector Flat panel system acts as an additional energy source to the central heating system.

The Central heating system consists of 12000 litre storage tanks consuming around 190Kw of energy from the heat pump and heating pots from where 149 accommodation units are supplied via a network of pipes with hot water. The solar system is connected to the existing network and was officially started on 13 August 2011. The aim is to reduce the electrical bill and will be closely monitored.

The project is also aimed at creating solar awareness within our community as a number of community members and NIMT students were trained to assemble and build the collector boxes. This means they can use the experience to construct the collector boxes themselves however the material used is expensive as it must be imported from abroad. It is however possible to construct similar boxes with local material copper and sheet metal with similar results which could be suitable for areas away from the coast.

A total of 48 boxes were built of which 30 were built in-house by Municipal staff, Junias Annanias, Herbert Blom, Shaun Joseph and Alden Strauss. They completed the boxes as well as the connecting of the solar system during working hours. Currently the system is running very well and the energy produced by solar overrides the electrical element back-up system as well as the new heat pump section. Meaning that the entire heating system uses less than 50% electrical energy from E-RED for most of the day - a minimum reduction of around 91 -171 Kw per day. This is happening in the cold overcast or misty weather we are experiencing and we are eagerly await summer to really see what the capacity of the system is when the sun shines for longer periods.

The technical team involved in the project thanked the Swakopmund Municipality for investing in the whole solar idea and for allowing them to be part of the project. The investment made is not only about saving money but also about putting our Municipality on the map by caring for the environment and ultimately the planet.

 


LOCAL SME’S ESTABLISHING NICHE IN HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY

The emergence of guesthouse and bed & breakfast facilities in formerly disadvataged suburbs points to the penetration of local SME’s in the hospitality industry. This positive development is borne out of the determination of local SME operators to venture into the hospitality industry and to make a success of it. Affordability and the desire of the visitors to live and mingle with indigenous people is contributing to the success of the business.

Tina’s Bed & Breakfast, the first of its kind to operate from Tamariskia has been in the industry for sometime now and has endured both the rough and smooth times of the tourism industry. It has become a popular name for both local Namibian tourist and those from abroad.

African View Holiday Accommodation is one of the first hospitality establishments to open its door in Mondesa. This is another milestone in the hospitality industry and a business revolution for Mondesa - away from the shebeen industry which is negatively impacting the community.

Council realized the importance of economic development to the advancement of the living standard of the town’s residents and the development of the town in general. To this end, an Economic Development Officer was appointed to spearhead the local economic agenda.

The Economic Development Office is under the stewardship of Ms Ivondia Kangueehi and provides essential service to local entrepreneurs and ensures that their business goals are attained. The office offers service to the community in terms of  programs and projects to enhance performance of SMEs, linkup with investors and relevant central government institutions and also provides general information  regarding business and economic development to the public. Ms Ivondia Kangueehi is operating from the Municipal Offices in Mondesa and can be contacted at 064-4104267.

Meanwhile, The Namibia Procurement Fund in partnership with the Municipality of Swakopmund is planning a training workshop for local SME operators in order to enhance their skills in the following areas:

  • Compiling tender documents according to requirements
  • Financial management of their company
  • Generating income
  • Job creation

 

The training workshop will be held at the Swakopmund Restcamp at a date to be announced and is part of Council’s capacity building and skills enhancement intervention. The Namibia Procurement Fund has over the past 12 months worked with reputable and experienced service providers offering training in those fields.


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Submission for Awards ceremony at 55th ALAN Congress held in Windhoek from
20 – 23 July 2011

All Local Authorities were invited to make submissions for the awards ceremony at the 55th ALAN Congress held in Windhoek from 20 to 23 July 2011. The Municipal Council handed in submissions from each of its departments, concentrating mainly on service delivery issues. The handing over ceremony took place during a gala evening held in the hall of the Khomas Regional Offices on Friday 22 July 2011. The categories which one could participate in were: Gender Equality, Local Economic Development, HIV/Aids and Service Delivery. The prizes were awarded to: Arandis Town Council – best performer in Gender Equality Eenahna Town Council – best performer in Local Economic Development Otjiwarongo Municpality – best performer in combating HIV/Aids Municipal Council of Swakopmund – best performer in Service Delivery

Pictured from left to right during the handing over ceremony: Jennifer Kauapirura – CEO of ALAN, Eckart Demasius – CEO, Clr Rosina //Hoabes – Mayor of Swakopmund and past President of ALAN, Pio Nganate – past Vice President of ALAN, Clr Louise Madi, Clr Nehemia Salomon, Clr Eliphas //Khoaseb, Clr Ferdinand Hamukwaya.


COUNCIL APPROVES BUDGET OF N$267,7 MILLION

The Vice-Chairperson of the Management Committee, Councillor Rosalia Andreas-Naobes, presented the 2011/12 Budget to Council during the ordinary Council meeting held on 28 April 2011. In her budget speech Councillor Rosalia Andreas-Naobes indicated the rendering of quality service to the community of Swakopmund as Council’s main objective.

The budget consists of a Capital Budget of N$267.4 million whilst the Operational Budget represents a total amount of N$276 620.00.

“The main objective of our annual budgetary process is to improve on service delivery and to maintain and upgrade the infrastructure, to this end, Council has invested millions of dollars over the years for continuity of service delivery to the inhabitants of our town”, the Vice-Chairperson of the Management Committee stated.

The Vice-Chairperson of the Management Committee informed the meeting that the newly elected Councillors held a strategic workshop on 4 February 2011, and have set realistic goals to be achieved within the next five years and beyond.

“To show the importance thereof, the strategic plan was approved by Council on     24 February 2011, for implementation in the budget which I am presenting to you this evening.  Madam Chair, allow me to highlight a few projects from the strategic plan as approved by Council,” stated the Vice-Chairperson of the Management Committee:

Formalisation of DRC Informal Settlement
Formalisation of DRC informal settlement area for financial year 2011/2012. We have budgeted for planning and surveying of this area, for the amount of N$1,4 million.

“We anticipate that the statutory processes in respect of formalisation can take up to 18 months, Council must continue to provide the necessary services to inhabitants of the area, in that respect Council has budgeted an additional amount of N$1,7 million for service delivery to this area” the Vice-Chairperson of the Management Committee  informed fellow Councillors and the public in attendance.

Re-location of Mid-Block Sewerage System - Mondesa / Tamariskia
The current situation in Mondesa of regular sewerage blockages is unacceptable to all of us, not to mention those living in the vicinity where this happens, therefore our Council is planning to re-locate the entire mid block system. Council has budgeted an amount of N$5 million towards achieving this goal.

Provision of serviced land
Council has resolved to service land itself from now on and to make it available for all, and in order to do so, included in this budget is the amount of N$2 million for planning and surveying, to be followed by the installation of servicing of such identified land.

Streets
An amount of N$14,5 million is included in this budget for surfacing of streets in Swakopmund. It has proven to be more economical if Council does it as an own project and also provides employment opportunities, as Council provides material and local contractors are appointed to provide labour.

Cleansing Section - N$4,4 million
This provision is made to improve on our current service delivery for refuse removal, and also meet the demands of our rapidly expanding town. A new refuse removal truck will be purchased, additional refuse removal bins, street corner bins will be added to improve on our service delivery.

New Sewerage Plant : N$108,3 million
The consultants and the contractor have been appointed and the project is envisaged to be completed before 30 June 2012, therefore an amount of N$1 million, has been budgeted towards the plant. An amount of N$800 000.00 has been budgeted for the expansion of the effluent sewerage system to provide for the greening of more open spaces within Swakopmund.

An amount of N$1,9 million is included for the purchase of a VACPAC truck, and the remaining provisions will be utilised for maintenance and new infrastructure which will be needed to enhance service delivery in respect of sewerage.

Water Supply: N$17,3 million
Provision has been made for a new 8 000 cubic meter reservoir at a cost of                 N$1 million to ensure that Swakopmund has adequate reserve water storage capacity and further provisions are for infrastructure maintenance and new acquisitions.

The total capital budget I am presenting tonight amounts to N$267,447, of which N$110, 796 million is in respect of continuation projects, and the remaining N$156, 651 million for the new projects.

“I am strongly of the opinion that with the Management team we have, we will definitely deliver the required services, as per the vision and mission statement of Swakopmund Council. Madam Chair, I am advising our Chief Executive Officer together with his Management Team to start as from tomorrow with all preliminary work to ensure that, come 01 July 2011, the tenders be awarded to ensure that projects we embark on for this financial year are completed by 30 June 2012, only then shall we as Council know that our strategic goals we have set for 2011/2012 will be accomplished,” the Vice-Chairperson of the Management Committee concluded.


RAIN DAMAGED ROADS TO GET A FACE-LIFT

The Mayor Councillor Rosina //Hoabes announced the upgrading of rain damaged roads during the Council meeting held on 31 May 2011.

“With the recent rains that fell in our town most of our roads are damaged or simply just unpleasant to drive on. It is with a great sense of excitement that I have the pleasure to announce the repair, widening and upgrading of Daniel Kamho Avenue,” the Mayor stated.

Daniel Kamho Avenue will be widened to four lanes to accommodate the increasing north-south traffic between the town centre and the growing northern suburbs. It will be closed from the intersection with Rakatoka Street up to the intersection with Nelson Mandela for about 3 months.  Nelson Mandela Road will be upgraded from a gravel salt road to a four lane interlocked road, a process which is expected to take about four months. Dr Schwietering Road will be upgraded during July from a salt gravel road to a four lane bitumen road. While Rakatoka Street will be closed for a week during the first week of July for resurfacing.

The Mayor urged all road users to exercise patience, heed the relevant traffic signs and instructions of flag-men to safeguard their own lives and that of workmen and other road users including cyclists and pedestrians during the construction time.

 


PROCEDURES TO DISPLAY SHOW HOUSES ADVERTISEMENT BOARDS

A written application must be submitted well in advance of the envisaged event by estate agents intending to put up temporary advertising/directional signs for advertising show houses only.

Such applications must be submitted in writing - there is no standard form available - to the Chief Executive Officer at least 7 working days before boards are placed. 

The application must give an indication of the street name and the number of the show house and at which intersections or places the boards will be put up.  Since this application needs to be circulated no last minute approvals will be granted by the Engineering Department or Traffic Section.

The following additional conditions apply:

•     A maximum of three (3) temporary advertising/directional signs may be erected by an Estate Agent Company.
•     Signs may only be erected three (3) days prior to and for the duration of the event.
•     Signs must be removed by the applicant immediately after the event. (Should it not be removed after 3 days the Municipality of Swakopmund will remove the boards.)
•     Physical placement of the signs must be done in conjunction with the office of the Manager: Traffic Services.
•     No advertisement signs may be attached to a streetlight pole, traffic light or any traffic sign.
•     Advertisement boards may not obstruct the view of drivers.
•     Advertisement boards may not impede pedestrian flow.
•     Advertisement boards may only be placed on pavements and not in the street or on any median (traffic island).
•     Only one (1) advertisement board per junction/intersection may be placed.
•     No damage may be caused to any infrastructure. Any repair required as a result of such damage will be for the account of the relevant Estate Agent Company.

 


OPEN MARKET CONSTRUCTED IN THE DRC

Council has constructed an Open Market facility in the Democratically Resettled Community (DRC) which will enable informal traders in that part of our town to provide their services from a centralized modern structure. The facility was constructed at a cost of about N$400 000.00 and makes provision for 40 stalls which will be rented out to the residents at a nominal rental fee since services such as electricity, water or ablution facilities are not available on site.

Since the open market was earmarked for the business women selling ‘Kapana’ along the main street, preference should be given to residents of the DRC and should they not be keen to make use of the open market, only then other applications from the general public will be considered.

ABP Construction which constructed the facility generously donated grills for each of the 40 stalls which can be used by the occupants. The donation by ABP Construction is a good example of public private partnership and is in line with the clarion call by President Pohamba for private campanies to participate in the development of the country.

Meanwhile, the formalisation of the DRC is in an advanced stage. By following a holistic approach in the planning process, with the minimum disruption of the existing DRC community as objective, the consultant has created layout plans for the DRC as well as for the 2nd Progressive Development Area (PDA) which was approved by Council.

Currently the DRC consists of 1 370 erven. The new layout plans reflect 987 residential erven for the DRC plus 700 residential erven for the 2nd PDA meaning that altogether    1 687 erven will exist, a nett gain of 317 erven from the existing number.  An additional 651 residential erven have been planned for the 2nd PDA.  The 2nd PDA will result in a nett gain of 932 erven. 

The redesign will create erf sizes for residential erven, according to the new layout plans, ranging from 300m² to 500m² in line with the National Housing Policy which stipulates that residential erven must not be less than 300m2.

Apart from residential erven, the layout plans also make provision for other supporting land uses such as business, public open spaces, institutional, general residential erven etc.

According to the consultants, the terrain of the proposal area is suitable for the intended township development and can easily be linked to existing Municipal road and services networks.

Council found it prudent to formalize the DRC Informal Settlement and also create additional erven in order to cater for the huge backlog thereby providing serviced land to Swakopmund residents.

According to the recent study by WinPlan CC, the immediate need in terms of residential erven for Mondesa alone stands at 5000 erven.


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CHAIRPERSON CHARTS THE ROAD MAP

The Chairperson of the Management Committee Councillor Nehemiah Ndara Salomon pledged on behalf of the Management Committee when he addressed fellow Councillors and Officials during his first address to the Management Committee.

“We are gathered in this chamber today mindful of the fact that we are servants of those who have elected us. In this regard, the residents of Swakopmund expect us as Councillors to provide political and policy direction for the Swakopmund Municipality. All of them are our responsibility because they are residents and ratepayers of Swakopmund”, stated Councillor Salomon.

He called for effective, efficient, realible and satisfactory service delivery to the residents. “As Councillors and Officials, we must therefore commit ourselves to hard work and dedication in the execution of our respective duties in order to make our residents to be proud recipients of the services they deserve to receive from local government”, he stated.

Turning to the creation of a conducive business environment, Councillor Salomon had this to say: “Honourable members, our collective objectives are to stimulate investment in all areas including tourism, recreation, business and the commercial sector. We should continue to encourage tourism through the provision of a variety of facilities and accommodations in order to broaden the economic base of our town”.

Highlighting the challenges of unemployment in the country and Swakopmund in particular, he requested the local political leadership and Officials to substantially strive and respond positively to the challenges of creating job opportunities and reduce the spiraling rate of unemployment particularly amongst the youth. “You are all aware that every morning the young people stand on the street corners of Moses //Garoeb Street begging and looking for a job” Councillor Salomon pointed out. He further requested for the design and creation of institutional framework within the Swakopmund Municipality which are aimed at addressing the youth development and empowerment strategies geared towards job creation for the youth.

The disparity between the rich and the poor did not miss the attention of the Chairperson of the Management Committee either. “We cannot be oblivious to the challenges facing our residents in the Local Authorities in a free and independent Namibia. Right here in Swakopmund there are two Swakopmunders, one rich and one poor. The majority of our people are living in harsh conditions and with abject poverty. They live with starvation, no sanitation, no proper access to health facilities, the question to all of us is: do we care? Do we share? Is there any peace for them or should Swakopmund condemn them to the outskirts of the town and stay as shack dwellers forever? What is our collective response to the challenges faced by our poor Swakopmunders? We have our fellow residents sleeping in shacks while our cars sleep in proper rooms we call garages. Do we really share if fellow residents are starving while we are buying lots of different food for our dogs and cats? Can we be at peace as a town or a free Namibia, if people among us are living in squalid conditions without basic social amenities while a selected few live a life of luxuries with swimming pools, etc? I believe that we cannot work or live in true peace while so many of our countrymen and women have no opportunity for employment, Councillor Salomon outlined the situation.

The Chairperson of Management Committee reminded Officials and staff members that they are the servants of the residents and not the other way around. “It is my duty however to remind all the staff of the Municipality that you are servants at all times of the Swakopmund residents. Neither you nor we are the masters of this town. The residents of Swakopmund are the MASTERS and elected us to deliver and we as a Council appointed you to assist us in delivering the services to the residents. Let our relationship continue with that understanding, nothing more and nothing less. We certainly will not take kindly to any staff member and at whatever level who shall try to sabotage us as a Council or the delivery of service to the residents”, emphasized Councillor Salomon.

 


5 YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN ADOPTED BY COUNCIL

Council on 04 February 2011 held a strategic retreat in order to formulate a 5 year and 10 year strategic action plan.

The retreat deliberated on various strategic development synopsis and at the end it emerged 5 year and 10 year implementation plan. Topping the 5 year plan is the Formalisation of the DRC Informal Settlement and the creation of a New Informal Settlement.

The Formalisation of the DRC Informal Settlement is a high priority project of Council and the responsilbe Department will soon submit a project implementation plan in respect of the formalisation of the DRC to Council for consideration and to ensure that timelines are set.

The availability of affordable serviced erven at affordable prices in the relevant areas are ranked as the second priority in view of the acute shortage of serviced erven and the upsurge in property prices which are not beyond the means of many residents.

Other items on the 5 year Strategic Action Plan include the following:

3.     Additional parking - re-investigate parking meters / parking garage.
4.     New CBD Area in the north of Mondesa. Recreational Areas (To be included in the Town Planning Scheme)
5.     Development of Information / Craft Centre (Arts / Marine / Desert / Tourism) i.e. Centre of Excellence.
6.     Surfacing of Roads.
7.     Creating of Youth Development Officer position in the Community Development Services Department.
8.    Environment / Waste Management Plan: 2-bins system to be fully implemented.
9.     Replace mid-block services in Mondesa
10.   Contingency Management Plan for the Airport to be in place.
11.   Road Safety Awareness Education.

Priorities have also been set for the development of policies. In order to address the question of youth unemployment, Council will promulgate a policy that will require companies who receive contracts from the Municipality to have a 30% youth representation on their staff establishment.

Public meetings will be held to brief the public about the finer details of the strategic action plan as well as the manner in which it will be implemented. Budgetary provisions will be made to enable the implementation of this noble plan.

The 2011/2012 budget will take into account the objectives set in the 5 year Strategic Action Plan.


ENCROACHMENT OF TREES ON SIDEWALKS

Council has noted with concern the encroachment of tree branches on the public walkways and parking areas. The encroachment of tree branches on the public walkways inhibits the free movement of pedestrians and cars and often blocks the view of the road users which might contribute to accidents if the matter is not addressed.

Council is therefore requesting property owners to regularly trim their tree branches in order to prevent encroachment. Random inspection carried out revealed that there are many tree branches that are encroaching on the public walkways and even into neighbours’ properties.

The encroaching of tree branches into neighbours’ properties often leads to strain relations between neighbours. Property owners should ensure that their trees grow within their boundary lines. It is not good for neighbours to always clean tree leafs, bean pods, or acorns that have fallen into their properties.

Encroaching trees and plants may be regarded as a nuisance when they cause actual harm or pose an imminent danger of actual harm to adjoining property. In such a case, the owner of the tree may be held responsible for harm caused by it, and may also be required to cut back the encroaching branches or roots, assuming the encroaching vegetation constitutes a nuisance.

Generally, however, in cases where trees belonging to one property owner fall on and damage or destroy adjacent property, the tree owner is only responsible for damage if some failure to maintain the tree contributed to the damage. If the tree owner allows the tree to grow so that it uproots the fence, it would be considered an encroachment onto the adjacent property.

A property owner who finds a neighbour’s tree encroaching must first warn or give notice to the tree owner prior to commencing work and give the tree owner the chance to correct the problem. If the tree owner does nothing, the tree can still be trimmed. As a general rule, a property owner who trims an encroaching tree belonging to a neighbour can trim only up to the boundary line and must obtain permission to enter the tree owner's property, unless the limbs threaten to cause imminent and grave harm.

 


BEACH VOLLEYBALL AT THE MOLE

Council approved the hosting of the All Africa Games qualification tournament for Zone VI Beach Volleyball at the Mole. The international volleyball tournament is slated for 18-20 March 2011 and is expected to be an epic battle. The prestigious tournament will put Swakopmund on the international map whilst the community will be able to watch top volleyball players in action.

The Namibian Volleyball Federation is the convener of the tournament and volleyball teams from all over Africa will converge on Swakopmund to participate in the tournament. Two teams from Zone VI will qualify for the All Africa Games in Mozambique, where Beach Volleyball will be part of the Games for the first time.

The Mole is normally used by swimmers and other members of the community for relaxation and leisure but it has been noted by Council that March is an off peak season and the hosting of the All Africa Games qualification tournament for Zone VI Beach Volleyball at the Mole will not necessarily affect those who are using the Mole for leisure purposes.

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