The residents of Mix settlement on the outskirts of Windhoek have many common unmet necessities that range from basic needs for water and proper sanitation facilities, such as toilets, electricity or at least proper solar systems and a clinic to a pre-primary school for the young ones.
This was revealed to LPMExpress during a visit to the settlement to do an assessment of the living conditions of the people there.
Paulus, a resident, who came to the settlement on the outskirts of Windhoek, some 12 years ago said that the municipality dug holes sometime last year and everyone hoped that toilets would soon be erected there, but nothing came of it.
He said that the holes were dug and never covered, which led to some accidents with children falling in the holes as they play outside. An old lady apparently also fell into one of the holes and broke her arm.
“Maybe it was only to get votes for the elections,” he said.
Paulus said that people have to use bushes to relieve themselves, but there is hardly any open spaces left which means that people relieve themselves near homes, leaving a foul smell.
“We don’t have land. We can’t extend houses. We want the council to allocate land,” he asserted.
While most of the residents work on nearby farms as livestock herders and domestics, Paul said there are also many residents who work in Windhoek, but it becomes painfully expensive to travel by taxi back and forth as a two-way trip every day can cost at least N$40.
“We want to stay here, just bring us development, shops and reliable public transport,” he pleaded.
Paulina, a mother of two kids studying medicine at a college in Windhoek, said that she has been at Mix for the past seven years but has not seen any changes apart from the construction of more public water taps and spray lights that were erected in the past two years.
She runs a small convenience store from her home selling basic necessities.
“I want to see a lot of changes here. Most important is electricity and a clinic,” she said, adding that she has seen a building looking like a school being constructed on the other side of the road, but she is not sure who the school is for.
She said that some residents have kindergartens there but they are expensive costing around N$1500 per child.
“We need the government to build pre-primary schools here or at least subsidise the private kindergartens,” she maintained.
Paulina told LPMExpress that they do not have a clinic but there is an outreach programme that brings a mobile clinic to the settlement twice a month.
Paulina is not sure if they will be moved as rumour has been going around, but most of them received temporary ownership certificates.
Both Andreas and Paulina said that the one positive thing at the settlement is the low crime rate at the settlement as there is a sense of community and “familiness” of the population of about 7000-8000 people.
The residents hope to see projects such as green schemes come to Mix so that the residents can plant and substitute their nutritional income from the produce.