Do not just dump us here – Farm 37 resident

A cry for help
Some of the people to whom the municipality of Walvis Bay has allocated land at Farm 37 cannot start with the construction of their houses due to their inability to move building materials to the area.
Otis Daniels
Christeline Kotze (53) is one of 71 people that were allocated land at Farm 37 by the municipality of Walvis Bay.

Most of the recipients had been staying at the Narraville Club House since Covid-19 struck, with the others residing in Kuisebmond.

“We received land at Farm 37, and I appreciate it. I give thanks to God and those who made it possible. The biggest problem that we, as landowners at Farm 37, experience is the distance we have to travel to and from here. How will our children get to school, and how do you expect those who work in Walvis Bay to find their way to town and back every day?” lamented Christeline.

She suggested that some schools that have busses should at least provide them to transport children to and from Farm 37 daily for the time being.

Transportation

According to Christeline, the land they received is barren and has not been levelled at all.

“The council has given us six months to put up our structures. Transport to this desolated area is a big problem, and to move our material to Farm 37, we have to pay.”

She adds that it is easy for the municipality to say that the recipients have to move as quickly as possible.

“They do not consider our situation. They are quick to call us and to inquire about the progress of our structures. So be quick to come to our assistance.”

Priorities

Christeline pointed out that there are also wild animals such as hyenas and jackals in this area and requested that a mobile clinic and police station be prioritised.

“This could pose a real danger for our children in particular. There is also no electricity. What will we do when tragedy strikes and something happens to one of our little ones?

She says that the municipality has done nothing since handing out the land.

“All they do is motivate us to go and occupy it. The streets are not clearly marked, and there is not even a single palm tree that can provide some shade to us while we are putting up our structures. I don’t think this is fair.”

Willing

Christeline, who has limited eyesight and has been declared blind by a doctor, is adamant that she is going to go and live on her land.

She intends to construct her home this year.

“If there is anybody out there that can assist, please contact me on 081 831 9446. We need wooden pellets to start and complete the construction of our structures. We need windows and bricks. There are many people who have absolutely nothing. How do we expect them to start building homes? Please help us.”

She also pleaded with the municipality to assist the residents of Farm 37 and challenged Jack Manale, the manager of housing and properties at the municipality of Walvis Bay, and the mayor, Trevino Forbes, to help the residents make a difference for themselves.

“You gave us the land, so help us to make it liveable. In the name of God, please assist all of us who want to make a life for ourselves at Farm 37. We are inhabitants of Walvis Bay and have been allocated this land, situated far from where our families are staying.

“We need help to turn this barren piece of land into a suburb of which all of the inhabitants and the rest of Namibia can be proud of. Give us a fair chance and provide us with assistance to put up our structures. Do not just dump us here and forget about us.”

Content

Joel Kashimba claims to be the first resident of Farm 37 and has even named the street in which his house stands after himself.

“I moved here, constructed my house, and have been occupying it for the past six months. I am very happy to have my own place, and now I have a future. It was very difficult to transport the material for the construction of my dwelling to Farm 37. There is water and two toilets. I am confident that electricity will follow over time, but for now I am saving for a generator.”

According to Kashimba, there are now an estimated 15 people living at Farm 37. He encouraged all those who received land at Farm 37 to claim their spaces and to come and construct their homes.

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