City Farms Cheaper Than Houses

LONG-TERM contracts signed between the Windhoek municipality and well-connected entities involving the lease of four farms at ridiculously low rates are haunting the council.

The municipality has five farms - Commonage 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 - with a combined hectarage of 28 220. One of the farms, Commonage 3, that measures 8 000 ha, was invaded by landless people.

This leaves 20 220ha that are earning the municipality N$76 382,85 per month.

Some councillors told The Namibian yesterday that despite their calls for a probe into the ridiculously low rates charged, nothing has been done to rectify the situation yet.

Businessman Quinton van Rooyen's company, Trustco Group Holdings, is one of the entities sitting on one of the six farms east of Windhoek.

The company leases Commonage Farm 3 that measures 4 000 hectares and is paying N$9 700 per month for it.

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