The City of Windhoek (CoW) has secured N$1.6 million to install traffic lights at three different intersections in Katutura, including the four-way at the Havana residential area.
This was announced on Thursday by the city’s mayor, Job Amupanda, during a monthly council meeting where he highlighted that over the past four years, there has been zero capital budget for traffic-related projects. This, he said, has left the city with a huge backlog of traffic lights, which has resulted in accidents and unhappiness from traffic congestions.
Amupanda said the traffic lights will be put up at some of the most congested road intersections in the city’s poor communities and three intersections namely Monte Christo/Matshitshi (known as Havana-Four-Way), Otjomuise/Claudius Kandovazu, Eveline and Otjomuise/Monte Christo will receive traffic lights, kerbs, sidewalks for poles and ducts.
Amupanda further noted that CoW, through its role as the “big sister” city, has committed to assisting the smaller town councils of Okakarara, Ondangwa, Oranjemund as well as the Maltahöhe village council to address challenges in the areas of waste management, policy formulation, land surveying and governance issues.
He said the office is also meeting with councillors from Keetmanshoop, Gibeon and Khorixas to explore areas of mutual interests and assistance.
“It is evident that Windhoek, the nation’s capital, carries a sisterly and moral obligation to the said towns – it is both in our strategic and national interest to assist them and we shall. In doing so, we will also be proactive in providing strategic interventions which will minimise Windhoek’s challenges of rapid urban migration,” he said.
Amupanda said that beyond local authorities, the council has also made significant strides in terms of inter-governmental relations with other local and international institutions.
“With the University of Namibia (UNAM) and the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), we have made significant progress in our co-operation and technical joint working group meetings. We are presently looking at industry-focused knowledge creation and skills development, strategic planning and policy development, and research-based service delivery,” he said.
The city is further seeking engagement and partnerships with international cities including in the United States of America, Spain, Egypt, Indonesia and South Africa, he said. - Nampa