Request for moratorium on subdivisions

10 September 2018 | Others

Yolanda Nel - A motion tabled during the City Council meeting earlier this week, called for a moratorium to be placed on the subdivision of privately owned farms that were recently added to the municipal boundaries of Windhoek.

According to councillor Ian Subasubani, a land audit done shortly after the expansion of the municipal boundary, revealed that 93.3% of land in the expanded area is privately owned. A total of 4.5% is owned by government, 0.1% by the parastatal while 0.1% did not have any ownership information.

“I propose that the subdivision of these privately owned farms be put on hold for a period of ten months or a further period as council may deem fit, to allow for the preparation of the Windhoek structure plan,” he said.

Subasubani further proposed that the City engage with private land owners in the expanded boundary to discuss the future of the city and the need for land on which development will take place.

According to CoW spokesperson Lydia Amutenya, the motion will now be sent to the Management Committee to be deliberated on whereafter it will revert to Council for a final decision.

The minister of local government, housing and rural development altered the municipal boundary in Windhoek as Gazetted on 30 September 2011. The boundary was expanded from 645.8km² to 5 142.1km².

Republikein reported earlier that municipal tariffs are payable by everyone within the capital’s boundaries, whether or not they receive any municipal services from the CoW. Currently some clients’ information is still not on the CoW account system, but those that are available began paying their dues on 1 August.

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