Witvlei plans township development

12 July 2018 | Government

Proposed plans are underway at the Witvlei village council to develop two additional townships at the settlement.

Apart from the proposed townships, this project also includes the formalisation of an existing informal settlement there.

A public participation process (PPP) meeting took place last week where interested parties had the opportunity to comment on the project.

According to the CEO of the Witvlei village council, Hendrik Muisoor, should the project be approved, the serviced erven will be sold to interested parties and the construction thereof will depend on their developmental needs.

“The project will take between 8 and 12 months and then the installation of the other services will commence. It will be done in phases,” he told Windhoek Express.

Projects like these are important, “as there is a need for serviced land for both residential and business,” Muisoor said, adding that this will also provide serviced land for the Build Together programme.

He could not disclose how much the project would cost, only saying that the outlay for providing water, electricity and sewerage would still be determined once the township planning is complete.

“With regards to the formalisation of one of the townships, this will enable us to provide residents with services,” he said.

In terms of the Environmental Management Act and the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulation, rezoning of land is a listed activity that may not be undertaken without an Environmental Clearance Certificate hence the need for an EIA Scoping Exercise. The identified list of activities in the EIA regulation includes energy regulation, transmission and storage activities. This includes the construction of facilities for the transmission and supply of electricity.

Other activities include the waste management, treatment, handling and disposal activities, as well as land use and development activities. According to the document, the proposed site falls within land that is currently zoned as open space.

In future, “the land will be rezoned from open space to residential areas,” read the document.

According to media reports from 2015, Witvlei village council has been urged to confiscate tracts of land that have been undeveloped for decades. The unused and unoccupied land is preventing the council from making money through rates and taxes. Furthermore, the idea is to take those plots and give them to landless Namibians who are in desperate need of land.

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