22 February 2013

Namibia: Lack of Serviced Land At Outjo Slows Development

THE lack of serviced land at Outjo is crippling development at the town.

According to Outjo Constituency councillor Abraham Job, "Outjo's status as the leading commercial town in the region has attracted investors, but more erven need to be serviced due to the growing demand."

Job said that a growing town should be able to provide residential and business plots whenever needed. "I hope the municipality would address this soon," Job said.

The Outjo councillor believes that more serviced residential land will alleviate the accommodation problem at the town.

The town has attracted a lot of job seekers, as the business of the town grows. Influx of people from nearby farms and other towns in the Kunene Region in search of jobs have resulted in an overcrowded informal settlement with the population growing to 2 000 residents.

The town's residents are also concerned about the lack of recreational facilities for young people, who engage in alcohol and substance abuse as the only form of entertainment.

Job thus encouraged potential businesses to provide alcohol-free recreation for the youth.

"A facility like a cinema or a park with necessary recreation facilities, based on reasonable business principles, for those who would need alternative relaxation including tourists, would also be a feasible choice," Job added.

This year will see the opening of Outjo Park, which will house major retailers. "The new businesses in our town have already employed people, thus there is no doubt that unemployment at the town will decrease," said Job.

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