Public schools in Khomas face water cuts over non-payment

10 January 2019 Author  
The City of Windhoek has threatened to disconnect water and electricity supplies to government-run schools within the Khomas Region over non-payment.
The Windhoek Observer is in possession of a letter written by Khomas Regional Director, Gerard Vries, on Tuesday in which he pleads with City of Windhoek Acting Chief Executive Officer, Ludwig Narib, to postpone the planned disconnections until at least end of next month.
Vries said in the letter that the Directorate of Education, Arts and Culture at the Khomas Regional Council is not in a position to make any payment to the City of Windhoek because it has not received any funds from the Ministry of Finance.
“For this reason, it is requested that the entire disconnection exercise is paused until end of February 2019 whereupon this matter can be revisited. It is anticipated that funds will be availed, but no exact date can be communicated at this stage,” Vries said.
He did not say how many schools will be affected by the disconnections and how much in total is owed to the City of Windhoek.


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