By Lylie Happiness
Ongwediva, July 7 — Ongwediva Town has announced a commendable initiative to provide free sewer connections to residents of Extension 15 and Sky Phase 1 location in Ongwediva until December 2023. The decision was made in light of consultations that fostered mutual trust and a strong sense of accountability between the town council and its constituents.
Under normal circumstances, the application for a sewer connection would cost residents N$2,169.68 (VAT inclusive). However, considering the economic challenges faced by various sectors, the council decided to relieve the residents of these two extensions from this financial burden. The free sewer service will be available until November 30, 2023, for Extension 15, and until December 31, 2023, for Sky Phase 1. The council’s expectation is that all 620 erven within these areas will be connected to the sewer system during the allocated period.
During the inauguration of the sewer projects, Honorable Taarah Shalyefu, the Mayor of Ongwediva Town, expressed his enthusiasm for this initiative. He stated that this gesture not only reduces the financial strain on residents but also acts as a catalyst for improved sanitation in Ongwediva Town.
Mayor Shalyefu further emphasized the town’s commitment to fulfilling its vested responsibilities, aligning with the government’s development priorities. These priorities include the provision of sanitation services, the allocation of serviced land for housing and other land uses, the creation of employment opportunities (both temporary and permanent), and the facilitation of economic development.
The town council’s decision to offer free sewer connections demonstrates their dedication to the well-being of Ongwediva’s residents and their commitment to providing essential services. This initiative is expected to have a positive impact on the overall living standards and hygiene of the affected areas, contributing to the town’s continued growth and development.
Residents of Extension 15 and Sky Phase 1 are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity and ensure their properties are connected to the sewer system within the specified timeframe. The council’s efforts in providing this service for free should be seen as a proactive step towards building a healthier and more sustainable community in Ongwediva Town.
– Namibia Daily News