Milestone for MoveWindhoek – official handing over ceremony of first new bus

19 Nov. 2015
by Lea Frank-Gretic

On Wednesday 18 November 2015  in Katutura, a great milestone for the urban transport system in Windhoek was reached by officially launching MoveWindhoek, the brand for the implementation of the Sustainable Urban Transport Master Plan (SUTMP) for City of Windhoek, including Rehoboth, Okahandja and Hosea Kutako International Airport. The Master Plan aims at enabling decision-makers in the transport sector to develop an affordable, accessible, attractive and efficient public transport and non-motorised transport system for the next 20 years.  Therefore, the SUTMP recommends a range of suitable measures to improve public transport and non-motorised transport in the City of Windhoek.  However, private taxis and cars are used by the majority of the population in preference to the bus service, this should be changed by the implementation of a high-level bus service as part of the new public transport system for the City of Windhoek.

As a first step of the implementation, 26 buses for the new and improved public transport system of Windhoek have been ordered, half of which were financed by the City of Windhoek and the other half by the German government.  At the launch the first new bus was officially handed over to the City of Windhoek. In addition, the three new bus lines, running every week from Monday to Saturday, were promoted. Preliminary to that event, the Sustainable Urban Transport Steering Committee has held its first fruitful meeting which added to the successful steps of the implementation process.

The City of Windhoek and the Ministry of Works and Transport in cooperation with the German Government through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) had organised that far reaching event, which follows up the success of the SUTMP to improve accessibility and safety on Namibia’s roads.

The event was attended by many high ranking guests such as the Honorable Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sophia Shaningwa, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development, Mr Nghindinua Daniel, the Honorable Deputy Minister of Works and Transport, Kilus Nguvauva, the Mayor of the City of Windhoek, Muesee Kazapua and the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, Christian Matthias Schlaga, who congratulated on the progress achieved so far.

Highlight was the official handing over ceremony, followed by the introduction of the Information Bus, a promotion campaign to raise awareness for the bus network.

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