Development in Perspective
Ongwediva is a young and vibrant town. But by virtue of its strategic location, excellent infrastructure and unique market to support any investment initiative, Ongwediva is boosting with abundant business development potential.
The business development potential has, until most recently, not been explored aggressively with emphasis primarily focused on housing development. This clearly defines Ongwediva as an undiscovered jewel of Northern Namibia.
Generally there is a high demand of serviced land for residential and commercial & industrial investments. In response to this demand, the Town Council has embarked on a number of capital projects to provide for these basic urban services.
On the 10th of May 2004, the Town Council inaugurated its N$ 7-million dollar Town House. Council believes that capital investment in infrastructure development is a key ingredient for economic growth; and thus such development shall attract capital investments in all sector’s of the town’s economy. And indeed it has.
5.2 Housing Development
Infrastructure development between the year 1999 and 2015, represent a total investment of well over 1 Billion Namibia dollar (N$ 1,000,000,000.00).
The Town Council has successfully developed new residential extensions, Extension 2, 11 and 14 while plans are underway for the development of Extension 18 and 19. The latter two extensions will consist of a total of 600 residential erven.
The Town Council is currently working on service infrastructure for Extension Efidi Proper and Oshiko which, once completed shall provide for 900 erven.
Due to the protracted process of land acquisition, township establishment and future prospect that the Northern Regions hold, the Town Council is determined and committed to the process of formalization of all settlement areas within the borders of Ongwediva in the shortest possible time.
5.3 Business Development
The current Commercial and Industrial Areas could be adequate for present and future demand. The planning thereof made provision for future demand and hence, emphasis from the Council is squarely on the improvement of the physical infrastructure.
As for the Commercial Area, surfaced roads and complete electrical reticulation have been planned to meet the requirements of prospective investors.
5.4 Social Infrastructure
Ongwediva accommodates the only Private Recreational Park in the Northern Region.
The Town Council is currently engaged in plans for the development of a public recreational park and a full-fledged sport stadium. It is further engaging business investors to assist in the development of a Museum, Library and Golf Estate.
Nine (9) churches are currently operating from duly constructed church buildings/places of worship.
5.5 Physical Infrastructure
The Town Council has, over the past five years, invested over N$ 100,000,000.00 in infrastructure development projects. This investment is proof of the continuous efforts by the Town Council to live up to expectations and improve the living standard of its residents.
The Town Council has been engaged in the renovation and upgrading of the town’s water reservoirs in order to guarantee un-interrupted water distribution; surfacing of major arterial roads networks; complete electricity reticulation with street lighting for and including low income residential areas; and the upgrading of the Waste Water Disposal Facilities for Demand Management.
6. STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS & COOPERATION AGREEMENTS
In 1996 and 1998; and 2001, 2003 and 2010 respectively, the Town Council signed the Treaties of Friendship with the Towns of Ardooie and Lommel both in Belgium. The purpose of the treaties among other things includes the promotions of bonds friendship between their citizen through cooperation in the sprit of mutual understanding and the willingness to help each other and to learn from each other.
For the purpose of mutual assistance in the development and promotion of the town; in April 2002 the Town Council signed the Cooperation Agreement with the City of Windhoek; and during February 2008 with the Town of Okahao and the Town of Okakarara in Namibia respectively.
The Town Council is currently engaged in discussions and is seeking sister Towns both in Namibia and outside Namibia for social and cultural sharing; health and educational resources sharing; and information technology.