TRIBUTE TO ALDERMAN SHIKONGO
THE five year reign of the 2004 elected Council came to an end at the end of 2010. However, more striking was the fact that it was also time for the City’s best friend to call it a day.
After serving the City of Windhoek as Mayor for seventeen years, Namibia’s longest-serving mayor, now Alderman Matthew Shikongo, bid farewell, leaving a “City of Excellence” behind him.
He has by far been the most remarkable ambassador this City has ever had. A standard to be maintained and improved by those coming behind him.
While we recognize his hard work, excellent service and for his dedication and commitment to the Vision of the City of Windhoek, (to enhance the quality of lives of all our people), we all, on behalf of management, staff and residents of the City of Windhoek, wish him a very happy retirement coupled with promising new beginnings in 2011.
Alderman Shikongo was instrumental in shaping both Council and Management of the City of Windhoek after independence. As the City grows the demand for efficient service delivery increases concurrently. It is worth mentioning that, it is under Alderman Shikongo’s leadership that municipal services continued to meet the increasing demand.
What would make his contribution utterly unique and significant is the fact that former Mayor Shikongo and the outgoing 2004-2010 Council will be remembered as the team that not only kept the train on the tracks but really moved it forward.
Their fingerprints are all seen across Windhoek.
Addressing the last City Council meeting for the year, Matthew Shikongo, described his tenure as a success in which the Council made ‘great strides’.
Shikongo said in a short space of time the Council has been transformed into a leader in the international Local Authority arena where the now commands great respect.
Under the 2004- 2010 Council leadership, Windhoek also grew into a peaceful and relaxed city.
The Council adopted a policy of openness and consultation, thus gained the participation of Windhoek residents in addressing the expectations of the electorate.
Communities in Windhoek matured to exercise their own value preferences, determine their own community values and call their elected representatives to public account.
On the other hand, Council maintained the existing infrastructure and standards to promote an atmosphere for investment and creation of job opportunities.
Summary of achievements under the Windhoek City Council 2004-2010.
The outgoing Swapo Party led Council took a leaf from the 2004 Swapo Party manifesto which highlighted 3 thematic issues which guided the implementation program of 2004-2010 namely:
1. Maintenance of Law, Order and Good Governance;
2. Provision of Basic Services such as Water, Electricity, Roads and Housing; and
3. Development of Towns / Cities.
MAINTENANCE OF LAW AND ORDER
The Windhoek Municipal Council established the City Police which implemented community-orientated policing and problem solving approaches.
This resulted in timely reporting and response to reduce criminal activities in the City.
The City Police also established a complimentary relationship with the Namibian Police and has seen successful joint operations.
As part of the overall strategy of maintaining Law and Order, Council also implemented the use of advanced technology such as 24-hour Close Circuit Television (CCTV) monitoring the streets.
Some of the approved projects include the implementation of a Computerized Crime Mapping System, the Ground Positioning System (GPS) and Computerized Occurrence Register.
To learn best practices in city development, the council established networks with other countries that are leading champions in local policing such as Canada and France.
PROVISION OF BASIC SERVICES SUCH AS WATER, ELECTRICITY, ROADS, LAND AND HOUSING.
Council maintained a steady supply of good quality water to all our residents by making substantial investment in crucial Water Infrastructure such as:
• Artificial Recharge of underground water through bore holes;
• Goreangab Reclamation Plant;
• Gammams Waterworks; and the
• Installation of Pre-paid Water Points in nearly all the Informal Settlement areas.
The City of Windhoek is proud to have held high the banner of the Cleanest City in Africa.
“We invested a considerable amount of money to increase/expand Water and Sewer Distribution Networks and cater for the ever increasing demand and increase pumping capacity.”
Currently, there is an efficient management of solid Waste for all residents (Residential, Business or Industrial).
“The Water and Sanitation Committee (WATSAN) is also one of our esteemed babies,” the city says.
The Committee launched a cleaning operation for 318 dry sanitation facilities in the areas of Okahandja Park and Havana and such services will soon be extended to all the Informal Settlements.
It is however important to mention that provision of sanitation facilities in the Informal Settlements remains a big priority, as the service is directly dependent on water availability and affordability to the residents of such settlements.
Amidst the general electrical power shortage in the SADC region and in Namibia, City of Windhoek residents continued to enjoy uninterrupted electricity supply.
The city takes pride in delivering such a critical service without outsourcing electricity under the Regional Electricity Distribution Scheme.
Moreover, despite the shortage of resources and also without any subsidy from Central Government, the council has managed to power its residents.
In striving to ensure that all residents have access to electricity throughout the City, Council electrified the following informal settlement areas with high mast lights, as well as installed individual electricity connections to some settlements such as,
• Havana 1 to 6;
• Onyeka 2
• 7de and 8de Laan in Otjomuise;
During this period under review, council spent close to N$ 300 million to expand, improve and maintain the Road Infrastructure, as indicated below.
• Extension of Robert Mugabe Avenue;
• Construction of the Rocky Crest Bridge on the Western Bypass;
• Surfacing of roads in Katutura and Khomasdal including the Khomasdal Bridge and traffic circle;
• The expansion of roads in new township developments including Auasblick and Kleine Kuppe;
• The surfacing and tarring of roads in Katutura, Rocky Crest and Samora Machel, Tobias Hainyeko, Moses Garoeb and Khomasdal Norh Constituencies.
The increase in the vehicle population resulted in the widening of some roads and intersections such as the Maerua Mall intersections.
In addition, the Swapo led Council, invested a considerable amount of money in servicing land for different uses, particularly residential use.
Notable amongst these, were the development of 28 commercial sites in the northern industrial area, 56 in southern industrial area and several portions along Lazarett and Paterson Streets in the Southern Industrial Area.
As far as residential land is concerned, 500 residential erven were availed in Cimbebasia and Kleine Kuppe, during 2007.
Areas such as Auasblick, Otjomuise and Khomasdal Extension 16 were also serviced for residential dwellings.
Council developed policies and procedures to provide access to land to all income groups.
To this end Council deliberately developed Otjomuise Extensions 8 and 9 with a yield of about 500 erven, to cater for households with a monthly income bracket not exceeding N$8000-00.
Council also revised its Credit Control Policy in order to protect the pensioners if they become indebted for municipal rates and taxes.
DEVELOPMENT OF THE CITY
In order to enhance the quality of lives of its residents, the City Council constructed and upgraded several markets such as Okahandja Park, the Khomasdal Market and Oshetu Market (commonly known as the Single Quarters).
Council adopted a BEE Policy which was consistently applied since 2006 and many previously disadvantaged people benefitted in various projects.
Thirty four tenders for the purchasing of business erven were allocated to SME’s, while some were included in the tenders of all Capital projects for both knowledge and skills transfer.
Contracts to the value of N$ 84,5 million were awarded to 82 SME contractors ranging between N$ 150 000- 00 to N$2.5 million.
Council approved the construction of the N$20 million state of the art, soon to be completed, Rocky Crest Multipurpose Centre.
As for sports and recreational facilities, Council upgraded the Khomasdal and John Nankudhu Stadiums. Additionally, the Council constructed the Sam Nujoma Stadium which later attracted a donation from FIFA.
Several play grounds throughout the City such as the Samora Machel playground (which is the largest playground in Windhoek), were constructed.
Council adopted the new concept of family play parks such as the Sigma Park in Khomasdal Northeast constituency.
Katutura Swimming Pool was upgraded and the Olympia Swimming Pool relocated.
Council acquired 20 new buses to ensure that Windhoek residents have access to affordable public transport.
Considering the above, it is evident that the 2004-2010 Council has achieved the objectives as guided by both the Local Authorities Act 23 of 1992 and the 2004 Swapo Party manifesto.
NEW COUNCIL 2010-2015
Windhoek residents have demonstrated their democratic right by electing new leadership for the City of Windhoek. We congratulate and welcome the first black female Mayor of the City, Her Worship Cllr Elaine Trepper, deputized by Cllr Gerson Kamatuka. The new Management Committee members are, Cllrs Agnes Kafula (chairperson), Boas Ekandjo, Christina Swart-Opperman, Mwadhina Veico and Moses Shiikwa The management and staff of the City of Windhoek together with the residents, pledge our unwavering support to your mandate and wish the incoming council all the best in achieving the vision, mission and the strategic objectives of our beautiful City.