By Marshallino Beukes
Although all Local Authorities countrywide receive an annual amount for the upgrading and maintenance of roads (tar as well as gravel) from the Road Fund Administration (RFA) it seems that at the town of Rehoboth, situated approximately 100 km south of the capital city, these funds are not fully utilised for the supposed purpose.
Potholes, which can be observed everywhere on the town’s tar roads, are almost synonymous with these roads and pose extreme danger for motorists, forced to zig–zag in order to dodge them.
“Rehoboth drivers can easily be described as some of the best drivers in the country, as they have to be on high alert at all times for these potholes whenever driving through town,” was the observation of a resident.
Another huge problem, regarding the poor condition of the roads the town faces, is the huge amount of dust in the air, especially early in the mornings and late afternoons when vehicles which commute between Windhoek and Rehoboth depart and return back home.
The dust which hangs like a cloud over the town at these times poses a health risk particularly in the town’s Block F residential area and residents have been pleading for years for these gravel roads in this area to be tarred or improved.
The Roads Fund Administration (RFA) allocated an amount of N$7.6 million to the Rehoboth Town Council for the past three years, earmarked for the upgrading of roads in town and The Patriot learned that, of this amount, N$2.6 million was not utilised during the 2018/2019 financial year, although local authorities are obligated to use this funds during the financial year, ending 31 March each year.
According to a reliable source part of the money was supposed to be used to upgrade the gravel road from the cemetery in Block A to Grens Store in Block B (±1.5 km), but according to observations this has not realised yet.
Simeon Kanime, CEO of the Rehoboth Town Council, was out of the country, while Ernst DeWaal the acting CEO was out in the field and were unavailable for comment at the time of going to print. Mrs Theunissen, the Council’s Public Relations Officer, was equally unavailable.