The !Nami-#Nus Constituency councillor Jan Scholtz is contented with several developments taking place at the settlement of Aus.
Speaking about the transformation at Aus in particular he indicated his office is hard at work to spur socio-economic development in the area.
He said in line with modernising Aus settlement NamPower has completed the power supply to the water treatment plant and this will help with phasing out the outdated bucket system as new toilets have been constructed.
Another development worth mentioning, according to him, is the commissioning of six new boreholes, which will ensure a 24-hour water supply to the settlement, while old pre-paid electricity boxes have been replaced with newer versions through his office.
He added that the office of the regional councillor has also pushed for the finalization of alienation of 26 houses to pensioners and destitute families, to cabinet.
Scholtz further stressed that in an attempt to fast-track development and economic growth, the surveying and demarcation of erven for use in social housing would commence and other economic developments are in the pipeline.
“To aid in economic growth land for the construction of a lodge and a service station has been availed to black empowerment groups,” elaborated Scholtz.
He expressed satisfaction that a three-tier mortuary cabinet has been installed at the local clinic and the clinic was renovated to include a HIV voluntary counselling and testing facility worth N$200 000 in conjunction with the Anglo-American Foundation.
“In the past, the bodies of the deceased had to be transported 240km back and forth to Lüderitz for storage at the mortuary,” said Scholtz.
The //Kharas Regional Council chairman however expressed dismay at reports that some local companies are repeatedly overlooking qualified and capable Namibians in favour of foreigners, while the same locals have been acting in these positions.
This, he feels, prevents adequate skills transfer to locals needed to push growth in the country.