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NAMIBIA: Milestone for Move Windhoek – SUT Masterplan launched

20 September 2013-Windhoek, Namibia

The Ministry of Works and Transport together with the Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development and the City of Windhoek, successfully launched the Sustainable Urban Transport Master Plan.  The plan runs under the “Move Windhoek” project and is aimed at improving the Public Transport System & Non-  Motorised Transport provisions in Windhoek, including traffic to and from Rehoboth, Okahandja and Hosea Kutako  International Airport in a 20 years horizon. The development of the plan is supported by the German Federal  Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through its implementing agency GIZ.

 The Minister of Works and Transport Erkki Nghimtina applauded the initiative. He also said that the plan will help combat the road safety fatalities in the study area: “Many people walk on unpaved walkways along many roads. Their travel becomes a dangerous adventure since they are forced to walk in unsafe riverbeds and crossing high-speed highways”.

Cedric Limbo, Deputy Director Transportation Policy in the Ministry of Works and Transport highlighted the importance of an accessible transportation system for all citizens in Namibia. “This Master Plan enables us to make decisions and to have a clear guidance for an improved public transport system. We want to have an integrated public transport system that combines the taxi industry as feeder services and a high quality bus system that connects all parts of the city. The idea is to make sure that you can choose whether you want to take a bus, walk, cycle, take a taxi or your own car”.

More information: http://www.movewindhoek.com.na

MoveWindhoek Video on YouTube: www.youtube.com/movewindhoek

Contact: Frederik.Strompen@giz.de

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