|Students and Community members|
|Happy about collecting data|
The Community indicated there is a need to increase the number of high mast lights within the settlement since the current lights do not give enough coverage for the whole settlement, most areas are too dark. Additionally, they elaborated on the need for a mobile clinic in the settlement, the elderly people with disability and women are finding it difficult to go to the clinic as it is faraway. Additionally some community members felt that it would be good if the settlement had a mobile police station, as police response takes more than an hour, “when we call for help it takes time for the police to come to the settlement, we do not feel safe” said a concerned community member. Proper roads were also identified as a need, due to the haphazard formation of the settlement, it is a challenge for emergency vehicles to drive in the settlement or find a way.
Environment impact assessment team
|Open water source used by the community|
The structure-counting group, counted all the structures in the entire settlement regardless of the use or the ownership. This was aimed at giving the community and students an idea of the total structures and population.
|Clarifying the challenges|
|Charisma Town and Regional Planning student giving feedback from field activities|
A place called home
Gardens in the settlement
- · no popper roads in the settlement, hence poor movements or access to some areas
- · Too many churches and shebeens in the settlement.
- · Dispersal of household units making it difficult to take points to the borders of the settlement (exact boundaries).
- · No toilets
- · only one community tap and it hardly opens
- · un equal access to community facilities
- · no demarcation of clear boundaries per land use such as dumping site
- · Unsanitary water source (open rainwater).
- Reflection of the data
|Student giving feedback|
|Advice for the Residents|
Ms Mbaeva a community member expressed her gratitude, she feels happy to understand and know that they are being recognized, as they are finally given numbers on their structures and planning for services, which they have been requesting from council for a long time. She therefore encouraged her fellow community members to work together for development of their settlement; she gave thanks to NUST, NHAG, and SDFN for helping them in the process and further urged them to continue showing their support.
|Meme Inga , federation member from Windhoek , advising the community to work together|
TheHonourable Councillor of Gobabis said he owes community members feedback; he further shared some of the progress that council have for the settlement. The Councillor informed the community members that the council was busy with upgrading the water reticulation network. The main pipeline will pump water for the whole Gobabis town and the distribution of water for the settlement and in the end, public toilets will also come and he further informed the community members that the Councillors would give feedback on their concerns to the community.
- · Community members to complete the mapping, counting, and the numbering of all the structures in the settlement, and with the enumeration process.
- · students will be working on a draft proposal for a settlement layout after all the data is collected and return to work with the community on the final layout to be proposed to the Town Council
- · Community workshop involving all representatives for the informal and formal areas to look at an inclusive Citywide plan once all the concerns of the residents in Kanaan C have been responded to by the Gobabis Municipality.