The Namibian (Windhoek)

16 November 2012

Namibia: Bethanie Wants Town Status

BETHANIE, which was downgraded to a village with the enactment of the Local Authority Act of 1992, is campaigning to regain its former status as a town.

Village council chairperson Andreas Knouwds yesterday urged Local Government Minister Jerry Ekandjo to upgrade the status of the village.

Knouwds made the call at the inauguration ceremony of the council’s new administrative block built at a cost of N$2 million.

Justifying his call, Knouwds said the village was making strides in economic development.

He highlighted the council’s N$ 20 million investment in capital development projects since the 2008/2009 financial year, and added that more projects including a N$1,1 million water reticulation plant and N$800 000 social housing project are currently under way.

Knouwds revealed plans to build a soccer stadium and tourist information centre at a combined cost of N$1,5 million at the village.

He also called on the government to upgrade the road linking Bethanie with Walvis Bay in order to benefit from tourists passing through the village.

Officiating at the inauguration ceremony on behalf of Ekandjo, his special advisor Philip Tjerije promised to forward the council’s pleas to the minister.

Tjerije urged the council to redouble their efforts in bringing essential services to all community members in order to meet their basic needs in the critical areas of housing, water and sanitation.

The special advisor also encouraged the council to facilitate job-creation projects for local people.

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