Erastus Uutoni

CoW requested to intensify delivery of serviced land

CoW requested to intensify delivery of serviced land

Hertha-Maria Amutenja The Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Erastus Uutoni has appealed to the City of Windhoek under the new leadership of Nudo councilor Mayor Joseph Uapingene to intensify the delivery of serviced land and proper sanitation. “I wish to strongly appeal to the City Council under the able leadership of Uapingene to intensify the provision of service land as well as the provision of proper sanitation. I am reliably informed that if we don’t seriously address the issue sewerage starting from now we are likely to face a very big challenge in a few years to come. Therefore…
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Appointment of CEO biggest headache for COW<br>…. Minister key to ending chamber wars

Appointment of CEO biggest headache for COW
…. Minister key to ending chamber wars

Obrein Simasiku City mayor Sade Gawanas has admitted that the cancer of having no Chief Executive Officer inherited by the current leadership has left council and staff members divided and unending boardroom fights. In her admission, she said, this was the toughest challenge since the new coalition which wrestled powers from the Swapo Party, took over in December 2020, though commending the leadership for having succeeded to finally resolve the bickering, which now only awaits the Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Erastus Uutoni to approve the recommended CEO. The mayor says a submission to the minister was made in…
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MURD fast tracking housing delivery

MURD fast tracking housing delivery

Martin Endjala The Urban and Rural Development Minister Erastus Uutoni has heaped praises on the Ongwediva Town Council and the Oshana Region for leading the way in the provision of housing. Uutoni was speaking at an information session organised by his ministry at the Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair (OATF). The information sharing session was to provide the public an opportunity to ask questions surrounding land, issuing of land certificates, housing and development in rural and urban areas. The session, the minister explained in his address was to continue the dialogue on topical issues such as access to urban land, housing…
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Boardroom infights delay development of towns: Uutoni

Boardroom infights delay development of towns: Uutoni

Martin Endjala Local authorities have been advised to stop their boardroom wars which disrupts much needed service and the overall development of their towns. These were the comments of the Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Erastus Uutoni during his oversight visit to the Oshana Region over the weekend. Uutoni stressed the importance of local councillors to deliver on their promises during election campaigns, emphasising that the cease their board fights and attend to the needs of their local authorities. He said these fights have become toxic to the community and a waste of time. “These boardroom infights must stop…
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Ondangwa town council leadership applauded

Ondangwa town council leadership applauded

Martin Endjala The Ondangwa Town Council has been praised for successfully developing extension 24 into sustainable housing suburb for low middle income people. The Minister of Urban and Rural Development Erastus Uutoni applauded the council on Friday during the official commissioning of Ondangwa Town Extension 24. Uutoni, pointed out that the provision of housing should not only be seen as a shelter, but as part of the functions for essential development for the town and the people as well as for the future of the nation. The minister has urged leadership to refrain from fighting each other, which waste a…
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Directive: Decongest the ghettos right now . . . But how? – The devil is in the details

A letter from the minister of urban and rural development, Erastus Uutoni to mayors and regional governors announced a ‘directive’ to develop urgent decongestion plans. This is a part of the fight against the spread of COVID-19. Local political officials and appointees, likely without technical skills, must now do the job of the ministry. Assuming there are funds available, they must decongest (undefined) the impoverished peri-urban residential areas. This is easier said than done. The fact that land for residences can materialize out of nowhere in haste, points to something disturbing. If the ministry could provide basic land to house…
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Okahandja councillors demand immediate reinstatement

Okahandja councillors demand immediate reinstatement

Lawyers representing the recently ousted Okahandja councillors demand their immediate reinstatement or the incoming Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Erastus Uutoni, will face a further legal challenge. The entire municipal council was ousted at the behest of the former Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Peya Mushelenga, just a little over two weeks ago. The grounds for the removal of the local leadership included allegations of mismanagement and failure to comply with ministerial directives, as well as the non-submission of minutes of the proceedings of the council. The Okahandja town council has been under increasing pressure to resign based…
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