Rundu urges informal settlements' residents to buy land within town boundaries

Rundu urges informal settlements' residents to buy land within town boundaries
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The Rundu Town Council urges residents and businesses occupying erven in informal settlements to buy land within the local authority boundaries.
Its Acting Chief Executive Officer, Sikongo Haihambo, believes that this could improve the Town Council's finances.
He noted that some settlements were formalised and provided with basic services, through a Lux Development donation years ago and residents were paying for the land.
But for unknown reasons, residents stopped paying and the council never bothered to demand payment.
However, Haihambo now wants that process revisited as the town now depends on water bills collections, which are not enough.
NamWater has since placed Rundu on the prepared water supply system, as the council owes more than N$120 million to creditors, including NamWater.
He said the financial situation affects service delivery negatively, including refuse removal and poor roads.
A recent survey by First Capital Namibia, puts Rundu's population at more than 85 000, 75% of them live in informal settlements.
Rundu has up to seven informal settlements.