Chairperson of the Karas Regional Council and Luderitz Constituency Councillor Jan Scholtz told Nampa on Wednesday that Government has big plans for the settlement, such as the development and upliftment of residents there.
The construction of the sewerage project, being implemented at a cost of N.dollars 8 million, is on track, and phase one has already been completed.
“The construction of the sewerage system will completely eliminate the bucket toilet system,” he explained.
Another development is the allocation of 26 houses to pensioners and the destitute living at Aus. The project is already at the Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development for approval, according to Scholtz.
He said the surveying of nearly 90 erven is also in progress, so that the Karas Regional Council can start with social housing for residents at a cost of N.dollars 500 000.
On the construction of a railway line between Aus and Luderitz to improve freight and passenger services in the constituency, Scholtz said work is progressing well.
The council is also working towards empowering small miners in the settlement, but the challenge is the upgrading of the dilapidated water network. However, repairs to the water network are also in progress, according to Scholtz.
He emphasized that the rehabilitation and the commissioning of additional boreholes are high on the council’s agenda.
Scholtz boasted that six new boreholes were successfully commissioned, adding to the current 11 boreholes to ensure that the settlement has a 24-hour water supply.
At the moment, Aus only receives water during certain hours of the day.
To bring electricity closer to the people, Scholtz said the old electricity meters were replaced with pre-paid electricity boxes at no charge to customers.
The Karas Regional Council also approved and allocated land for the construction of a lodge and a petrol station one kilometre from Aus next to the B4 road. The lodge and petrol station would be constructed at a cost of about N.dollars 5 million each.
This will boost the economy, especially in the area of tourism, said Scholtz.
“I feel these developments will truly boost the economy of Aus, and it will be known for its transformational effort from being a settlement into housing major development projects for the nation,” he noted.