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The Omaheke Regional Council has allocated an amount of N$8,5 million to fund 128 community projects in the entire region through its community development programme. The allocated amount was collected from various sources such as savings and interest accrued from capital project funds.
Expenditure of these funds is authorized by the Minister of Urban and Rural Development. Each of the seven constituencies in the Omaheke region received an equal allocation of N$1,214,285.71 under this programme. The Regional Council is busy determining the total number of beneficiaries of these projects.
Under this programme, constituencies have the privilege to decide on the types of projects to be funded, depending on their specific needs.
The projects each received an allocation ranging from N$10,000.00 to N$600,000.00. The biggest amounts are allocated for electricity connection to households in Epukiro Constituency’s Okomumbonde village (N$700,000.00) and Otjinene Constituency’s Ozohambo village (N$500,000.00). These funds have been paid to the central northern regional electricity distribution company, CENORED, to connect electricity at households.
Gobabis Constituency used N$292,000.00 of its allocation to procure 15 hammer mills for small stock farmers, which would assist in efforts to mitigate the effects of the protracting drought, by allowing small scale farmers to produce livestock fodder.
An amount of N$445,000.00 is allocated for drilling and cleaning of boreholes in the Kalahari Constituency, also to assist in the mitigation of the drought effects by providing water to the communities.
Other projects allocated with substantial amounts include a grass-cutting project in Okorukambe Constituency, Thusanang Association (N$600,000.00); the construction of auction pens at Eiseb in Otjombinde Constituency (N$400,000.00); and a crop farming project in Aminuis Constituency, Sekama Crop Production (N$140,000.00).
The rest of the projects supported are in categories of small and medium enterprise (SME) development, livestock farming, housing, dairy production, infrastructure development, manufacturing, rural sanitation and solar power.
Four schools in the region, namely Rietquelle Secondary, Izak Buys Secondary and Dr. Fischer Primary Schools in Aminuis Constituency and C. Heuva Secondary School in Otjombinde Constituency are also benefiting from this programme in the form of building materials, computers and stationery as requested by the schools.
The Regional Council implements and oversees rural projects from ensuring successful project beneficiaries are informed about their funding and ensuring their required items are purchased to delivering the purchased items, overseeing the implementation of the projects and monitoring the projects afterwards.
To ensure that funds are indeed used for the intended purpose, the Regional Council procures the items and materials required by the beneficiaries, in line with procurement procedures. Some project equipment, materials and tools have already been purchased and distributed, while procurement for others is ongoing.