/Goagoses vs residents

Fears abound that conflict between the Rehoboth leadership and residents could spin out of control.

24 February 2019 | Government

Rehoboth • Jemima Beukes



While it seems some Rehoboth residents are praising the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development's (MURD) representative in the Rehoboth Town Council, Nathalia /Goagoses, others do not share the sentiment.

/Goagoses announced that the first phase of the Reho Spa renovations are expected to start on 26 February. “We are now using our savings and we are also assisted by the ministry to start the new phase of renovations. If we can source a really good contractor then we can start as soon as possible,” she said. An expression of interest for the first phase of renovations to the resort has been issued last month.

She said the RTC has managed to save a few bucks following a robust crackdown on local businesses and residents who have for years failed to pay their accounts.

/Goagoses has repeatedly assured the town's residents that she is incorruptible and will hunt down those who owe the council money.

She is widely praised for her non-apologetic approach and for on taking the town's big business and even government ministries.

“I have disconnected their services and they came in and made arrangements. Even Education came to make arrangements. I have disconnected their services of the police station and some service stations,” she said. “Our revenue stream has really improved. We are now able to make arrangements with NamPower and NamWater which we could not do for years,” she said.



On the flip side

But a local activist and community journalist, Johan Morkel, accused /Goagoses of peddling “lies” and failing the community. In his Volkster newspaper Morkel alleges that /Goagoses, who promises an open-door policy, is never available for meetings with local residents.

“Instead, they are greeted with a dictatorial approach and their pleas for proper sanitation are ignored. Lives and the health of residents are put at risk because of this attitude,” he said.

According to him the town's roads have not been graded for months and livestock is roaming in the town with no efforts from the council to address it.

Morkel also accused /Goagoses of threatening him and failing to give him an audience.

/Goagoses on the other hand, said she is not willing to have an audience with a drunken and disrespectful person.

“I asked him to put his questions in writing and send it to the Public Relations department. How do I deal with such a person if he is also not willing to follow the right channels?”

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