30 November 2012

Namibia: Walvis Bay Gets New Mayor

Walvis Bay — Councillor Uilika Nambahu was on Wednesday night elected as the Mayor of Walvis Bay replacing Derek Klazen who completed a two-year term.

The newly elected mayor has vowed to continue implementing programmes and projects that were put in motion by her predecessor, Klazen, as well as to addresses the lack of proper housing and unemployment that remains a persistent headache in Walvis Bay.

Nambahu was elected on Wednesday night as the town's mayor for the 2012/2013 mayoral term at an extra-ordinary council meeting held at the town. She said in order to address the current challenges the town faces, collective efforts from fellow councilors, as well as residents, are of outmost importance.

"I want to pledge my dedication with my fellow councillors to ensure that improvements in the landscape of our city through the completion of capital projects as earmarked will be clearly visible as these capital projects are for the development of our people," she said.

Nambahu further explained that land development remains the biggest challenge facing Walvis Bay.

"It is the most expensive cost centre from a developmental point of view. But nothing and no resources should be spared if the end goal is to restore hope and dignity within our people by giving them access to land and affordable houses which they can call their own homes," she said in her inaugural speech.

She noted that it is not a secret that the town faces numerous challenges such as a skills shortage, resulting further in a mismatch between the supply and demand for skilled labour, as well as the lack of financial assistance or start-up capital for business entrepreneurs, among others.

"Calls for equal access to training and job opportunities from the youth who are seeking ways to improve their living conditions and contribute to nation building have become stronger. Therefore, I remain committed to job creation such as tangible realistic new jobs for our youth and the unemployed by fostering mutually beneficial relationships with developed countries through sister city cooperation, which will focus on skills transfer, trade and business links," Nambahu said.

She also said that as elected leaders they are committing themselves to achieve and mobilize the necessary material and intellectual resources towards these set of objectives and goals.

"The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) the targets of the National Development Plan 4 (NDP4) and Vision 2030 should never leave our minds and we should reflect the need, energy and desire to achieve them.

"Finally, I want to plead for your cooperation, assistance and support to enable us to make this city a model of hard work, opportunities and excellence," she said.

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