13 February 2018

Namibia: //Karas Requests N$879,5m for Capital Projects

//KARAS has requested a N$879,5 million three-year rolling budget from central government for capital projects in the region.

This was revealed by //Karas Regional Council planning division deputy director Ralph Sachika when he addressed the first meeting of council for the year at Keetmanshoop yesterday.

He said treasury commended the council's administrators for what he termed "a good shopping list" when they presented the capital project budget for the 2018/2019 financial year last week.

However, Sachika warned that some of the budget requests for bulk services such as water and sanitation meant for the Rosh Pinah mining town and the Grünau settlement might not be allocated due to financial constraints.

He said council had requested budget amounts of N$45 million and N$21 million for Grünau and Rosh Pinah, respectively, and lobbied for the regional politicians' influence to have the full proposed budget approved by treasury.

The official furthermore noted that the completion of the N$134 million //Karas Regional Council office park currently under construction might be delayed due to the "low frequency" at which council was receiving money from central government for the project. A budget of N$35 million over three years has been requested during the 2018/19 budget proposal for the project.

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