The newly established Kabbe South Development Association (KASODA) has praised government and Roads Authority (RA) for constructing a 22-km access road between Izimwe and Nakabolelwa that the community-driven organisation feels will boost economic and social development in Kabbe South.
Currently KASODA, whose grand patron is Masubia Chief Kisco Liwani III, has 18 founding members led by Advocate Shakwa Nyambe, although its membership is open to all adults of Kabbe South and to others, in accordance with the constitution of KASODA that promotes grassroots development.
Chairperson of the association Adv Nyambe said: “On the Izimwe-Nakabolelwa road that was recently opened we want to thank the government, the CEO of Roads Authority and its board of directors for ensuring the access road is prioritised and completed, as in essence it links three schools at Izimwe, Masikili and Nakabolelwa to the main tarred road.”
KASODA wants Namibian corporates, NGOs, individuals and other donors to proactively put into practice their social responsibility programme by ploughing back into rural communities and supporting the association by funding gardening and other community projects.
“Development programmes and the improvement of the lives of people should not be the government’s responsibility alone.
“That is why this association wants to solicit funds from potential donors for the development of the community, which can improve the social and economic standing of people in the constituency,” the KASODA chairperson told New Era on Sunday.
Adv Nyambe – an indigine of Kabbe – feels that despite the newly constructed access road of Izimwe-Nakabolelwa the flood-prone area of Kabbe South, which is endowed with vast, open, pristine plains suitable for commercial rice and vegetable production, but is currently bereft of the necessary roads and water infrastructure.
“There is still a shortage of road networks in Kabbe South Constituency, as a lot of schools are still not accessible.”
Even Deputy Minister of Works and Transport James Sankwasa has urged Roads Authority to extend its road network to Kasika to connect Ihaha, Iivilizinzi and Kasika, Adv Nyambe noted.
The construction of more roads in Kabbe South could have numerous economic spin-offs that could accelerate economic development, particularly the area’s massive tourism potential.
“His Excellency President Hage Geingob has repeatedly spoken about building brick by brick ‘a Namibian House’, but we’re saying there is a room that is not connected to the Namibian House, which is Impalila Island. It can only be connected to the Namibian house through the construction of a bridge,” he noted.
Currently, Impalila residents cross into Botswana by boat and get on a bus at Kasane that eventually transports them to the border at Ngoma, where they pass through immigration control before re-entering Namibia, but he says this is not viable, especially at night and in cases of medical emergencies.
Impalila residents pay between N$20 and N$40 for boat fare to cross the Chobe River into Botswana and from Botswana to Katima Mulilo in Namibia they must fork out a further N$80 in busfare, but the general sentiment is that the cost could be halved if there was a bridge linking the remote island to Namibia.
Adv Nyambe says the many crocodiles in the Zambezi and Chobe River could also be put to good use by establishing a crocodile farm in Kabbe South, considering that there is currently a surge in demand for both crocodile fillets and skins in Europe and Asia.
Europe imports from Africa around 100 000 crocodile skins each year and the global market utilises a million crocodile skins each year.
Over 400 tonnes of crocodile meat is also consumed each year, with China and Hong Kong being the main importers of croc meat.