City of Windhoek Continues to Spend Millions to Upgrade Informal Settlements

By Edgar Brandt

Windhoek — The City of Windhoek (CoW) will continue spending millions of dollars in an attempt to formalise the ever-expanding informal settlements around the capital, where about a third of the capital's approximately 400,000 residents are estimated to live.

For the current (2017/18) financial year, which started on July 1, 2017, and to end on June 30, 2018, the city has budgeted for the provision of services such as infrastructure development, water, electricity and sanitation to the informal areas. For example, for the current financial year CoW budgeted for electronification of the informal settlements (N$20 million), township development (N$40 million), formalisation of informal settlements (N$15 million), improvement of northern areas' residential streets (N$78 million), just to name a few.

According to Windhoek Mayor Muesee Kazapua, the city council will also appoint electrical contractors in February to install electricity services at the Havana and Babylon areas.