Transport master plan stuck in Windhoek


Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 08:00

The transport master plan of the City of Windhoek (CoW) was supposed to be in motion by now to serve as a remedy to traffic congestion, make roads user-friendly to passengers, cyclists, bikers and motorists alike, and most importantly smoothen the economic activities of the capital and making the city’s roads eco-friendly.
The current road renovations could be the first phase to introduce some of the reforms needed, for example redesign roads, widen some to single and double lanes with bicycle passages, create more detours, but ah ah. Traffic jams and accidents do slow traffic during rush hours in the capital which account for a loss in production just in those few minutes or hours. If it can be done, it could turn the wheel of a developing economy from humble beginnings to what she really needs to be by 2030 and beyond.
The inhabitants of the city need to be sensitised that CoW’s plan is not just an illusion but an adapted, practical and successive transportation mode that needs to make a headstart for possible replication anywhere in the country. Everywhere in the country, fragile local economies are disrupted by an illogical transportation network glitch.
For a developing country, efficiency is inseparable from the development of markets, human resources and creating a financial hub for a knowledge-based economy. Just like capital investment is for gaining higher returns in business, innovation is the pinnacle of communication and transport networks to drive economic activities.
Motorists are unable to spend reasonable time on the road to get to work or drop kids at school since vehicles have increased considerably in less than two decades in the country. So the city better start the walk of the transportation plan rather than dwelling on the talk of just an idea, and we dare not say it’s the norm everywhere else in the world.
A new country like Namibia needs to be a trailblazer, or else she will be stuck with the syndrome of a seemingly dark Africa that will not step out of a neo-colonial mentality of disowning her own and looking elsewhere for salvation. The movement of human capital and goods will go a long way to guarantee economic development in the fight against poverty.