Rehoboth Baster Community

Village Draws Millions in Investments

Published by Jul 20, 2007

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The village of Kalkrand in the Hardap Region is destined for major developmental projects worth millions of dollars during the next financial year 2007/2008, including a project that would see the colonial era bucket system being replaced.

During a recent interview with New Era, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Kalkrand Village Council, Anna-Marie van Rooi, said that the envisaged capital funding projects for the village were made possible through funding facilitated by the Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development.

As from early next year, village residents will see the phasing-out of the old bucket toilet system and it being replaced with the latest water-borne sewerage system.

Funds amounting to N$7,5-million will be sourced from the National Planning Commission.

Van Rooi said that for many years Kalkrand had been without the conventional sewerage system, especially in the informal areas.

“Donkerhoek is one such area here, where people have been relying on the bucket toilet. Now, with this funding we want to introduce the ‘Otji-toilet’ similar to that of the Clay House Project in Otjiwarango,” said Van Rooi.

Close to 120 toilets will be constructed in the village next year.

Besides the installation of a new toilet and sewerage system, the village council is also looking at upgrading and gravelling the dust roads in the village. For that purpose, the Roads Fund Administration (RFA) has dedicated financial assistance of N$320 000 during the 2008 financial year.

“We have already placed street signs, and all that remains now is the gravelling of the roads,” said Van Rooi.

When New Era spoke to several young people in Kalkrand, it became apparent that many of them were jobless and were caught up in the vicious cycle of poverty.

“There’s no job here or projects that can keep us busy, away from alcohol and drugs, crime and teenage pregnancies,” said one youth who was idling around the service station.

In response, however, the village council authorities are planning to kick-start a brick-making project for the youth. Bricks that can be sold for constructing decent brick houses in a village that is made up of shacks.

Van Rooi said other initiatives, which are also in the pipeline, are the establishment of a bed-and-breakfast establishment in Kalkrand, as well as a gas project with assistance from Auto-Gas.

A village situated in the Hardap Region under the Rehoboth Rural Constituency, Kalkrand has a population of about 2 500 residents. The village only consists of a one-stop service station, a small mortuary, three local shops and a bottle store.

Source: Newera