Tsumeb Residents of Kivukuland informal settlement in Tsumeb survive on 13 pre-paid communal taps that were installed by the municipality to help quench residents’ thirst and as a form of improving their living conditions, despite 80 percent of its inhabitants being illegal occupants. The extension of more water points on the outskirts of Kivukuland are being hampered by the fact that council cannot install a pipeline on the land that does not belong to the municipality. Tsumeb CEO Alfeus Benjamin said the land in question belongs to Weatherly Mining, although negotiations are believed to be in the final stages for the municipality to acquire a certain piece of land from the mine where the inhabitants are illegally settled. “To improve their livelihood we have also improved the then impassable roads of Kivukuland and we now collect refuse from the area as per our town’s removal programme,” said Benjamin who reassured council’s committiment to improve their lives thus further indicating that they have made a submission for Kivukuland to benefit from the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP) which aims at eradicating the use of the colonial-era bucket toilet system.
New Era Reporter
2016-07-21 10:41:53 2 years ago