Promoting rural access and mobility in Northern Namibia: an integrated approach

13. Sep. 2017 Paul Starkey, Ernst-Benedikt Riehle

The Namibian Government, with support from Germany through its agency GIZ, is developing an integrated transport master plan for Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana and Oshikoto Regions in Northern Namibia. Planning studies considered all urban, inter-urban and rural transport modes. Please refer to documents to read more about rural access issues and reviews options for improving rural mobility. It draws on international experiences and discussions with rural residents, transport operators, private-sector suppliers and national, regional and local authorities.

Training and Curriculum development on Advanced Traffic Policing – Namibia

18. Jul. 2017 Eli-zette Nangolo

From 12th to 23rd of June, a Training on Advanced Traffic Policing was held in Windhoek, Namibia, conducted by two officers from the Saarland State Police, Germany. Twenty-four (24) participants from the City Police Windhoek, Namibian Police Force (NAMPOL) and other municipal policies, took part in the two-week training and curriculum development exercise.

Improving the living conditions of Namibia’s rural settlers

Namibia's Population Density (left) and Roadless Areas (right)
19. Jun. 2017 Niklas Arnet

Seeking for employment and an improved quality of life, more and more people in Namibia are moving from rural to urban areas. Even though the capital Windhoek attracts the largest influx of rural migrants, the most densely populated areas are situated in the North of the country, where 40% of Namibia's population live on only 10.4% of the total land area (see left figure).

Sustainable Transport Master Plan for the Northern Regions has been presented to the media

15. Jun. 2017 Eli-zette Nangolo

The Master Plan for Sustainable Transport for Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana and Oshikoto which has been developed by the Ministry of Works and Transport (MWT) in collaboration with the Ministry of Rural Development (MURD) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has been presented to the media. The presentation of the master plan for the northern regions took place on the 5th of June in Oshikango in the Ohangwena Region where regional and local authority leaders as well as representatives from transport sector SOEs attended.

Rural Transport in Namibia

14. Dec. 2016 Trudie Muleke

“Rural Transport is a vital 'enabling' component of a developing country economy that will contribute substantially to the achievement of the high profile social and economic Millennium Development Goals.” (gTKP 2013).

Transport in general, is important, when it comes to economic growth and service delivery. Access to rural areas depends on appropriate transport infrastructure such as roads, bridges, rails and paths and transport services. People from rural areas require access to health facilities, schools and other services, which tend to be of greater distance in remote areas. They also need access to economic opportunities, including markets, employment and opportunities that generate income to help families. Mobility may involve walking and carrying, which are suitable for short distances and where other means of transport are inappropriate or unavailable.

NUST develops a solar electric taxi

30. Nov. 2016 ku Trudie Muleke Without the ubiquitous shared taxi fleet, life in Windhoek would, for many residents, grind to a halt.  Buses do currently do not serve all parts of the city; taxis allow non-car owners to access the farthest-flung corners of the city while providing employment for 6,000+ Windhoek residents, many of them new arrivals from the rural regions.  Unfortunately, taxis, as gasoline-powered vehicles, also cause local air pollution and increase carbon emissions, and that’s why the

Transport 4 People Fact Sheet now available

30. Nov. 2016 ku Trudie Muleke

What is Transport4People, who is managing the project, and what are the long term goals?  Check out the project fact sheet to learn more about how and why we’re developing a Sustainable Transport Master Plan.  In the long run, the Master Plan will help regional and local authorities to create an affordable, accessible, efficient, equitable and safe transport system with the support of the Ministry of Works and Transport and the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development.

Stakeholders give input to Sustainable Transport Master Plan in four northern Regions of Namibia

23. Sep. 2016 Lucas Conwell

While comprehensive transportation master planning is not new to urban Africa, rural transportation investment has to date been sparse and heavily auto-oriented. The Transport4People project is breaking new ground by drawing up a Sustainable Transport Master Plan for Namibia’s northern regions: Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana, and Oshikoto.

Technical expertise is only one piece of the puzzle, however; unless local stakeholders such as public authorities, local businesses, and citizens play a role in every step of the process, planners risk misreading local needs. After a one year inception phase with stakeholder meetings and public hearings in 2015, the Transport4People project began developing the master plan in March 2016 and arranged a series of four Technical Committee meetings, one in each region, over the course of July and August in order to give the regions a platform for discussion and true ownership of the plan.

Technical Committee Meeting – Oshakati

20. Sep. 2016 Transport 4 People

The third Technical Committee Meeting in our 4-event-series was held at Oshandira Lodge at Oshakati, Oshana Region on August 9th, 2016.

The meeting was officially opened by Ms Nathinge of Ministry of Urban and Rural Development (MURD). She welcomed all Local Authorities, GOPA consultants, GIZ, CRO, NABTA, TransNamib, Burmeister Consulting Engineers, as well as Law Enforcement. The Ministry of Works & Transport also welcomed all the present stakeholders of the project “Transport 4 People”, the 2-phased Scoping Study and Sustainable Transport Master Plan for Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana and Oshikoto. After the usual presentation of the draft Master Plan and important topics on the transport situation specifically for the Oshana Region, the floor was opened for debate.

Technical Committee Meeting – Outapi

20. Sep. 2016 Transport 4 People

The third meeting in our Technical Committee Meeting series was held at Outapi, Omusati region on August 11th, 2016. The Outapi meeting was attended by different regional, local and traditional authorities, as well as representatives from NAMPOL, Road Authority (RA) and the manager of the Okathitu Bike Shop.

Representatives from Ministry of Urban and Rural Development (MURD) as well as Ministry of Works and Transport welcomed the participants and expressed their support for the draft Sustainable Transport Master Plan for Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana and Oshikoto. The representative from MURD advised people to provide their inputs in the presentation as it is very important to make sure that all the respective regional issues are reflected in the draft Master Plan.

Technical Committee Meeting - Omuthiya

20. Sep. 2016 Transport 4 People

Following the last meeting at Eenhana, our series of Technical Committee meetings was continued with the Technical Committee Meeting at Omuthiya, Oshikoto on August 4th, 2016.

Similar to our last meeting, participants with a variety of professions and technical expertise were present, adding their understanding, knowledge and opinions to the draft Master Plan. Ranging from UNAM students, Town Engineers from Tsumeb over the Oshikoto Nampol Chief Inspector to representatives from Ministry of Works and Transport, Ministry of Urban and Rural Development as well as the Oshikoto RC, TransNamib and NABTA, the participants were quite diverse with different positions as stakeholders in the T4P project.

In the first part of the meetings, the participants listened to a presentation given by the consultants on travel within, to and from the regions, and the situational analysis of non-motorized transport. Moreover, the presentation included the transport challenges of the remote rural areas. Rail and strategic corridor issues were presented, as well as road safety proposals. The presentation was concluded by the environmental issues as part of the future transport Master Plan.

Technical Committee Meeting - Eenhana

11. Aug. 2016 Transport 4 People

The 4th Technical Committee Meeting was held at Monte Carlo Guesthouse in Eenhana on July 28th, 2016.

At the meeting, which was attended by representatives of Ministry of Works and Transport, Ministry of Finance, various public sector officials, as well as many Town Council representatives, the draft of the Sustainable Transport Master Plan for Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana and Oshikoto was presented.

The outcome of the previous phase of the project, which was completed last year, was a Scoping Study. This Scoping Study serves as the research background for the draft Master Plan. The Master Plan will include guidelines, suggestions and ideas in order to streamline all transportation related planning for the next 20 years. With help of the Transport Master Plan a sustainable transport system is possible. The master plan will enable authorities to create an affordable, accessible, efficient, equitable and safe transport system in the long term.

Apply to Become Namibia’s Future Transport Planner

2. Aug. 2016 Transport 4 People

In the light of the road safety and transportation situation in Namibia, well-educated civil engineers are of the essence to create sustainable change for the improvement of quality of life for all Namibians. UNAM and NUST application deadlines are around the corner. 31st August 2016 is the deadline for application forms for all candidates who wishes to study at NUST, for UNAM see dates below. Transport4People encourages to start studying or to progress studies in the field of Civil Engineering at the Namibian tertiary institutions.

News from Technical Working Group

5. Jul. 2016 GOPA

On May 31st, the first working group on public transport improvements in the four central northern regions took place at the Mazizi Lodge in Ongwediva. The working groups are one of the pillars of the Transport for People (T4P) Master Plan, developed by the project for the Ministry of Works and Transport of Namibia. Three main topics were discussed: Feasibility of a scheduled bus service in the project region, the use of motorbike taxis for rural transport, as well as a taxi call centre.

Engagement with T4P on Social Media

1. Jul. 2016 Transport 4 People

In order to increase public participation and transparency of transport planning, Transport4People is active on the Social Media platforms Facebook and Twitter. We believe having an open dialogue makes T4P better and we therefore encourage all ideas but also constructive criticism and concerns.

Here are some examples of the engagement of our Twitter followers. People are voicing concerns, opinions and ideas.

Second Project Phase Kicked Off!

18. Apr. 2016 GOPA

With the third steering committee meeting on March 30, 2016 in Eehnana, the second and last phase of the Transport4People project has been officially launched.
The meeting was officially commissioned with an opening address by The Honorable Uusiko Nghaamwa, Governor of the Ohangwena Region.
HE Christian Schlaga, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr Willie Kauaria, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Works and Transport, and Her Worship Julia Shikongo, Mayor of Eehnana welcomed as well the participants to this Steering Committee.
The main topics of this get together were the approval of the Scoping Study Report and the decision on the continuation of the project on to the proceeding Phase 2, which is namely the Masterplan stage.

Road Injuries Is One of the 10 Most Causes of Death for Adolescents in Africa

24. Feb. 2016 Michael Engelskirchen

The World Health Organization currently released an article about the top ten causes of death for adolescents. One of the most causes of death are road traffic injuries, which are even ranked before deaths caused by HIV/ AIDS. In 2013, more ten-to-nineteen-year-olds were killed by road injuries than any other disease on the African continent. Due to the rising motorization in low and middle-income countries and the fact that improvements in road safety are not keeping pace with the increase of traffic, this development is leading to more traffic accidents annually.

Eenhana Hosts the Start of the Second Round of Transport Workshops

23. Aug. 2015 ku Madleen Knauth

The Transport4People project provided a second opportunity for the community of Eenhana, Onhangewna Region, to be involved in the preparation of a sustainable transport system for the region. Representatives from the Eenhana Regional and Town Council and a traditional leader attended the second stakeholder workshop to hear about the progress the project was taking in identifying the transport issues, concerns and challenges local people are facing on a day-to-day basis in getting from here to there.

Eenhana Hosts the First Public Hearing for Locals

23. Aug. 2015 ku Madleen Knauth

The Eenhana Youth Centre was the venue for the first public hearing to enable local people to become involved in the project on August 21st 2015. Notices were placed in the National Press and on local radio. Local people were encouraged to attend in order to have a say in improving the current transport experience for their communities, themselves and their children.
The meeting was attended by councillors and one village headman thanking the Government and MWT, MURD and the GIZ for giving the people of the region and members of the regional and town councils the opportunity to be involved and to take ownership of the project.

Onkatu onkwawo oku uka kuuwananawa: etulomilonga lyewilikongundu.

22. Jul. 2015 ku Madleen Knauth

Onkatu onkwawo ya smana oya li ya adhika meti 26 lya Juni 2015 momapekapeko nomomuthanekwalandu gwiiyenditho mitopolwa yokonooli sha Hangwena, Omusati, Oshana nOshikoto moNamibia: ewilikongundu olya li lya tulwa miilonga kOmupevi Minista mUumisteli wIilonga nIiyenditho Kilus Nguvauva.