//Karas takes stock of progress over past five years

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Keetmanshoop

At its year-end function this week //Karas Regional Council (KRC) took stock of progress and developments in the region over the last five-year period.

Speaking at the function, which doubled as a farewell get-together for outgoing regional councilors on Wednesday, KRC chairperson Jan Scholtz, who is also the regional councilor of!Nami#nus Constituency, said the year had its lows and highs.

He told the meeting, attended by workers from all offices of the KRC, that over the past five years the council embarked on major projects, such as the construction of sewer and water infrastructure at four settlements, five villages and in all three major towns of the region, namely Keetmanshoop, Lüderitz and Karasburg.
The proclamation of Oranjemund as a town with a fully functional local authority and the declaration of Aussenkehr as a settlement – which he said will make it possible for further developments to come to the vital economic centre of the region – were some of the achievements highlighted by the chairperson.

“Namwater is constructing bulk water infrastructure at Aussenkehr at a cost of N$60 million,” he said, regarding the progress the council has made in bringing services closer to the people. He also said the multimillion-dollar water infrastructure plan is in addition to what the government – through the KRC – has spent on the construction of roads and provision of water and electricity.

With regards to the provision of housing in the region, Scholtz said although the Build Together programme is in progress at Noordoewer, Grunau and Ariamsvlei, it is moving at a snail’s pace. He said the process is slow, as it has been hampered by many problems on the ground. “We need to do better planning and execution than we have done in this regard” he told the gathered staff.

Scholtz also pointed to the construction of two settlement offices in Noordoewer and Ariamsvlei and the ongoing construction of a constituency office in Karasburg West as some of the council’s achievements over the past five years. He further said the education directorate has made significant strides towards educational progress in terms of infrastructure development, with the construction of circuit offices in Lüderitz and Karasburg and another earmarked for next year.

In temr sof education, he noted that with the construction of a secondary school at Rosh Pinah, a primary school in Oranjemund and a secondary school planned for Aussenkehr, the region should see the results of these investments in the end-of-year school results.
He then called on the councillors and administrators to develop sound working relationships. He said endless internal fights would not help develop the region. The regional councillors present at the event were then presented with gifts as tokens of appreciation.

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