Uutoni motivates amendment to Electoral Act of 2014


The Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Erastus Uutoni, has motivated an amendment to the Electoral Act of 2014 in the National Assembly. 

This proposed bill seeks to broaden the eligibility criteria for the National Assembly elections by allowing remunerated members of the public service, as well as members of the National Council, regional councils, and local authorities, to be nominated as candidates to the National Assembly.

The bill further proposes authorising public servants to use their leave days to campaign for elections.

Windhoek parking meter system raised in National Assembly


Concerns over Windhoek's parking metre system were brought to the fore in the National Assembly with questions regarding dwindling parking revenues and outdated infrastructure. 

UDF MP Dudu Murorua, who initially raised the issue, said there was a noticeable yearly decline in parking revenue.

An investigation initiated by the Windhoek municipal council in 2021 revealed that the existing parking metres were outdated and no longer properly maintained.

Omaruru residents demand removal of council mamagement


Residents of Omaruru in the Erongo Region have petitioned the Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Erastus Uutoni, after accusing the councillors of having snubbed their demonstration in which they questioned the town's stagnant development, increasing debts, and lack of job opportunities.

Demonstrating under the banner of Omaruru Concerned Members, the group demanded the removal of the council's management, claiming that the council ignores their plights. 

Uis community urged to collectively develop settlement 


The Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Erastus Uutoni, has urged the Uis community to unite and work together to develop the settlement. Unity, he adds, is important for the growth of the settlement and, notably, for advocating the return of Uis to local authority status.

Uis is located at the foot of Brandberg Mountain and is home to the White Lady rock painting, believed to be over 20 thousand years old. This rock art site attracts travellers to Uis, providing residents with an opportunity to earn a living through tourism in Damaraland.

MURD Minister inaugurates settlement office at Uis


The Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Erastus Uutoni, says the newly inaugurated Uis Settlement Office is a clear testament to bringing services close to the people.

The office was constructed at a cost of N$11 million.

Uutoni applauded the Erongo Regional Council for expressing sound leadership, management, and dedication to duty that has yielded tangible results, such as the Uis settlement office.

He further says that the regional councils are responding to the developmental needs of the people to steer a change in the service delivery cycle.

Mass Housing Programme delivers 119 houses


The Mass Housing Development Programme has made another deposit of 119 houses at Matutura Extension 9 in Swakopmund, narrowing the housing gap in the country.

The Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Erastus Uutoni, says this shows the government's commitment to addressing the housing backlog.

The 119 houses that were handed over are the last batch of the 319 houses that were given to New Era Investments for completion in 2022.

Uutoni noted, with great appreciation, that the 319 houses have been completed ahead of schedule.

Walvis Bay Municipality called to provide free land to schools and hospitals


The Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Erastus Uutoni, has appealed to the municipality of Walvis Bay to provide free land for much-needed services such as schools and hospitals at Farm 37.

He made this appeal during the Walvis Bay Seafers United Land and Housing Federation's launch of its Fishermen Village and Investment Trust at a fundraising gala dinner.

Uutoni says the government struggles to get land from local authorities, but their prices are very expensive, which delays development in some areas.

CoW held a mass street naming and renaming ceremony


The City of Windhoek embarked on a mass naming and renaming of 17 streets in honour of those who contributed to the liberation struggle and community upliftment in a ceremony held in Windhoek on Friday.

It was a colourful and joyful event filled with song and chanting of excitement from family members, friends, representatives, and local residents as they shared memories and historic events related to the contributions of their loved ones, honoured by the City of Windhoek.

Local authorities urged to avoid third parties in collecting debts


The Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Erastus Uutoni, urged local authorities to refrain from collecting debt from their clients via third-party enforcers and rather educate residents on their services and their responsibilities to ensure such services remain available.

He said this during the handover of houses in Nkurenkuru's Kakuro location in Kavango West Region.

Oranjemund Town Council makes inroads housing provision


Concerted efforts from both the public and private sectors, as well as the community, are needed to address the housing shortage in the mining town of Oranjemund. 

The Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Erastus Uutoni, commissioned the groundbreaking for the construction of 85 housing units. 

The groundbreaking ceremony coincided with the handover of 50 houses to the members of the Shack Dwellers Federation. 

The Oranjemund Town Council has also serviced 327 plots at Extension 10, of which 220 are designated for residential.