The health and well-being of the community comprising cleaning, food hygiene, vector control.
Addressing social issues range from HIV/AIDS to substance abuse and poverty in partnership with the community, regional local authorities and international donors.
The Engineering department of the Otjiwarongo Municipality is responsible for the town’s infrastructure, water, sewerage and technical services.
Various services and projects to promote greater involvement of the community in the day-to-day running of the town through representation on joint public and municipal forums.
The Emergency Services section is formulated around functions such as emergencies, safety, security, and loss control and disaster management.
Providing clean drinking water to the community including to those living in the informal areas. The provision of pre-paid water infrastructure has been one of the notable achievements of the Council.
Human Resources Development is one of the priorities of the council. During the past 5 years the Municipality of Otjiwarongo has intensified capacity building in terms of continuous learning, skills development and training including in-service. More staff members are now benefiting from the study loans offered by the Municipal while some have so far graduated in various academic fields.
The establishment of CENORED had a major impact on the budget process to finance and balance operational activities and future capital developments. It is against this background that Council approves the approach to recover all costs associated with products and processes that the Otjiwarongo Municipality delivers to its customers. The impact of this process is that certain tariffs will have to increase substantially in order to recover costs that in the past used to be subsidized by electricity prior to the establishment of CENORED. The adjustment on tariffs will be done in phases over future budget years to minimize the impact on the residents of Otjiwarongo. The inflation rate of 5% was applied as benchmark to increase tariffs where practical.
The major objectives and focus of Council on finance is to increase the revenue base by creating measures for cost recovery as well as capitalizing on the strategic location of the town. Council approved the budget for the previous financial year based on the following concepts:
– Affordable services at a cost recovery basis
– Attracting and promoting investment
– Alleviating poverty by job creation and skills enhancement for local residents
– Creating a crime free and safe environment
– Corporate image and integrity of the town