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NEWS

MASS HOUSING PROGRAMME:  The Municipality has received 320 houses in the Mass Housing programme of which 65 are ready for occupation. A preliminary list of intended recipients, based on affordability, has been sent to the Ministry of Local Government and Housing for approval. This preliminary list was based on a 50% subsidy from Government, but in the interim Government has indicated that the 50% subsidy is revoked and the Municipality is currently awaiting directive on the way forward. No such directive has been received yet. Furthermore, construction of 120 houses in Kronlein has been suspended and is awaiting commencement. 240 more houses for the low income category are planned for the next phase. These 240 erven, in Kronlein and Tseiblaagte have been serviced already and the Municipality is also waiting on directives from Government on the commencement of this project. STRATEGIC PLAN: The Keetmanshoop Municipality is in the process of developing a strategic plan with the assistance of Price Water House Coopers consultants, for the next 5 years. All indicators are that this plan will be ready for implementation by the end of June 2016, with the start of the new financial year. We have started to fill key positions in the Municipality hat have been vacant for a long time like the position of SE: Technical services which we believe are detrimental to service provision. The new SE: Technical Services is Mr. Samuel Nashima. -
KEETMANSHOOP STRUCTURAL PLAN The municipality embarked on the development of a holistic Structural Town Plan for the next 15 – 20 years, taking into account trend analysis and needs analysis done by our Town Planners. The plan has been opened to public scrutiny and is currently being amended. This project aims at proclaiming additional land to respond to the demand for erven and houses in Keetmanshoop and the surrounding areas. Taking into account all variables like the cost of servicing land, town planning and construction, we have land available to deliver approximately 200 residential houses per year. Furthermore, plans are underway to establish a new mixed industrial zone of approximately 134 ha adjacent to the existing industrial area. Keetmanshoop is considered to be ideally located to play a significant role in the envisaged Trans-Oranje Corridor, which is expected to cater for large industries in the agricultural, manufacturing and logistics sectors.
PARKS  The Central Park Keetmanshoop will now be revamped, and will be boasting a 2m statue of the Nama founding father of the town, Capt. Hendrik Tseib. The Municipality will also establish an extensive Nama exhibition in the Keetmanshoop Museum by end of May 2016.
SHOW GROUND UPGRADE  The two halls at the Keetmanshoop Stadium were extended and extensive renovation work at some parts of the buildings was carried out. The project is expected to be completed by end of May 2016. The project was funded by Namibia Development Corporation (NDC) under the Ministry of Trade and Industry. The Keetmanshoop Municipality, in partnership with AngloAmerican Namibia Foundation (AANF) and Keetmanshoop Private School (KPS) started with expansion to the Keetmanshoop Stadium. The expansion will cost N$1,200, 000 (One million two hundred N$), of which AANF will carry 85%, and KPS 15%. The municipality will assist with the technical assistance and project management; pay for all electricity and water usage and avail additional manpower and equipment as and when needed. The additional facilities to the Keetmanshoop Stadium include: - 1 mini rugby field - 2 tennis courts - 2 netball courts - 1 mini hokey field - 6 jukskei fields - 20 pavilions - 1 big ablution block