By Lylie Happiness
Oshakati, Oct. 19 – The Namibia Traffic Information System (NaTIS) opened an office at Helao Nafidi town near the Namibia-Angola border.
With the opening of the office, Helao Nafidi also got its own vehicle licence mark N-HN.
This follows the opening of the Okahao NaTIS office by transport minister John Mutorwa last month.
Mutorwa said the expansion of NaTIS is meant to ensure that essential services are brought closer to the people as per the decentralization policy of the government.
“The people of Helao Nafidi and surrounding areas will no longer be required to travel to Eenhana, Ondangwa or Oshakati to access NaTIS services,” he said adding that the town council had demonstrated it has the interests of the community at heart and did not delay to provide the facility to serve its community.
Further, he indicated that the centre will cater for the registration and licensing of vehicles, annual renewal of vehicle licences, renewal of driving licences and testing and issuing of learners’ licences.
According to Mutorwa, the ultimate aim is to have fully-fledged NaTIS facilities countrywide.
Mutorwa said the ministry, with the implementing agency and the RA will continue constructing new vehicle and driving testing centres as well as upgrading existing centres to ensure effective and efficient service delivery in the country.
Town mayor Darius Shaalukeni said the establishment of NaTIS offices in the town is part of the decentralization policy implemented by the ministry in its efforts to provide services at the grassroots level that enhance the effectiveness and impact of its operation.
He added that this will assist the residents who have been travelling long distances to different towns for various NaTIS services to acquire NaTIS in the town.
Pupkewitz Volkswagen Ongwediva handed over the official vehicle to Helao Nafidi, N 1 HN.
Isai Shigwedha, dealer principal at Pupkewitz Volkswagen Ongwediva, said it was a pleasure to be part of the community, and looking forward to building a fruitful relationship with the council and the town as a whole.