Historical Background

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Ongwediva as a modern settlement was started in the sixties, in the area of headman Mr. Nandjembo Mengela, by the South African Government dispensation. It was developed as a residential and institutional settlement. The settlement offered accommodation to persons employed in government and commerce in Oshakati and Ondangwa. All the main educational institutions in northern Namibia were located in Ongwediva. On the dissolution of the South African dispensation, upon the passing of the new Local Authorities Act 1992, Ongwediva was proclaimed as a town with a Town Council. The Town Council was elected at the end of 1992.
Since its inception in early 1993, the Town Council has made huge progress in:

  • establishing its administrative structure and systems
  • acquiring its own administrative and technical know-how to run its own affairs.

Its capabilities have increased to an extent that in July 1998, the MRLGH and the town mutually agreed to discontinue the Agency Agreement. Ongwediva thus is now a fully autonomous Town Council fulfilling all its obligations as per the Local Authority's Act. Meanwhile elections for new councillors were held successfully in February 1998.

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