Nkurenkuru was declared as a settlement area in 1999. It was later proclaimed as a town in 2006 and the first ever town council members were officially sworn in on the 27th of March 2007 while the second newly elected councilors were sworn in on the 03rd of December 2010 of which all honourable councilors are from one political party which is the ruling party Swapo. This beautiful young emerging town is situated approximately 145 kilometers west of Rundu in the Kavango region in the Republic of Namibia. The name Nkurenkuru is originated from two words or nouns which are Nkure which means endpoint whereas nkuru means old.
Historically, Nkurenkuru is a unique town in itself in terms of historical events that unfolded many years ago. Nkurenkuru was the first colonial administrative seat in the Kavango region before the administrative seat centre was relocated in 1936 to Rundu until today. It was also the first entry point of the two major denominations, Roman Catholicism and Lutheran Protestantism into the Kavango region. Nkurenkuru is indeed the seat of the Vakwangali Traditional Authority and the Permanent Royal Palace of the Kings and Queens.
Nkurenkuru is strategically located alongside the Kavango River linking Kavango region with Ohangwena and Oshikoto regions and via Katwitwi border post to the most densely populated area of Kwando Kubango Province in Angola. Nkurenkuru town is estimated to have a population of more than 7 000 inhabitants. The town has become the residential, business and administrative centre on the western part of the Kavango region with an increasing influx of people into the town everyday.
However, taking into cognisance the fact that all major government institutions and parastatals are and will continue to be located in Nkurenkuru, as part of the Decentralization Policy, the town will continue to record a significant number of people flocking to the town in pursuit of employment or simply to reside in the town. Nkurenkuru has a nearby landing strip at Nepara about 20km south of the town that is accessible by domestic small and medium sized aircraft directly from any departure point in Namibia.
There are two graveyards of European deceased police, soldiers and missionaries who died during the First World War and of Malaria epidemics. The first graveyard is west of the town along the river with five gravestones and the second is situated behind the Lutheran Church building with two gravestones. They are German and Finnish people respectively. One grave of a German Catholic Missionary is missing in the area near the Kahenge Township.
Historical spots in the town. The following spots can be viewed or seen within the town:
The Royal Graveyard of Kings and Queen ship at Mayara.
The Old Hospital Ruins.
The first building house, school and church in the town.
The Native Commissioner`s office (only foundation ruins).
The spot of ash tree used as class room where the current Chief Sitentu Daniel Mpasi of Vakwangali Traditional Authority went to school.
Witch woroa tree on the other side of the river.
Tombstone of Shikongo Shakutunina (King Mandume`s Soldier).
A baptismal memorable stone of the first protestant Christians.
And many other interesting places that can be found in the town.
With the tarring of Rundu Nkurenkuru- Elundu road which has already entered into the town, economic activities of the town will be boosted. Similarly the construction of Tsumeb Tshisabis Nkurenkuru road to Katwitwi will also fast truck the development of Nkurenkuru town. The cost of doing business in Nkurenkuru is reasonable and conducive for various business types. The applicants are required to apply through an application form. Residential plots is only N$24 - 00 m2 while business plots is N$ 45-50 m2. Land which is not planned, surveyed and serviced can be sold subject to negotiation and council approval.
Nkurenkuru has an SME Park constructed by the Ministry of Trade and Industry through its implementing agency Offshore Development Company (ODC) which houses various SMEs which includes Bank Windhoek, Nampost, Hardware, Garage, Bed & Breakfast, Communication Centre, and many others. There are also schools, a police station and a Health Centre within the town. The health centre is run by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN). The Ministry of Health and Social Services has been allocated 20ha for the construction of a modern hospital while the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration has been allocated 6ha for the construction of a border post. The Ministry of Environment and Tourism has completed the construction of their office at Kahenge Township in Nkurenkuru local authority area. Come and see the beauties of Nkurenkuru Town, invest in Nkurenkuru to enjoy it`s conducive environment and for us as a nation to achieve Vision 2030.
Mandate: The Mandate of Nkurenkuru Town Council is derived from the Constitution of the Republic of Namibia and the Local Authority Act of 1992 as amended and is to: Govern, plan and administer local affairs within the Nkurenkuru local authority area.
Mission: To govern, administer and plan socio-economic affairs of Nkurenkuru town in partnership with stakeholders towards improved living standards of the inhabitants while ensuring sustainable development.
Vision: To be a local authority of excellence in managing, leading and coordination towards development of our locality.
Core Values: Commitment, professionalism, teamwork and innovation.
Motto: Unity, development and progress.
2. Organizational Structure.
Nkurenkuru Town Council is run by seven (7) capable elected Honourable Councilors under the leadership of His Worship the Mayor with twenty six (26) staff members lead by the Chief Executive Officer.
3. Main Sources of Income.
Sales of erven
Sales of water
Sale of sand
Assessment rates & other service availability fees
4. Main economic activities.
5. Outsourcing of services
Refuse removal to youth group
Capital projects to private companies
6. Current projects going on in town.
Construction of NHE houses
Construction of building together houses
Construction of Shack Dwellers Federation`s houses
Construction of Community Hall and Warehouses
Decoration of Council`s office
Electrification of street lights
Surveying of new ervens and many others
7. Private Sector Services
FNB plans in pipeline
8. Business opportunities
Establishment of Hotels and Lodges
Establishment of a bakery factory
Establishment of a standard filling station
ITC training centres
Residential properties development to cater for the ever increasing population
Establishment of brick making factories and other industrial properties
General industries such as garages to services vehicles, tyre repairs etc
Establishment of private hospital
Development of Agro-industry
Availability of land for commercial properties development
Construction of a business complex
Establishment of a long distance bus and taxi terminal
And many other opportunities
The population of Kavango Region is 202 694 inhabitants according to the National Population and Housing Census of 2001 of which 6 086 live in Nkurenkuru local authority area as per its survey done in September 2009 and this figure has increased to more than 7,000 inhabitants during the current year.
Basic town land indicators
10. Early supplement message.
Nkurenkuru Town Council would like to thank all peace loving Namibians, tourists, investors and more particular the residents of Nkurenkuru and Kavango region in general for the supporting the council in carrying out its duties and responsibilities. We wish them a productive and rewarding Year 2011. Thanks in advance to all those who will come and enjoy themselves with their families, friends and compatriots at Nkurenkuru Beach and enjoy the beauty of the Kavango river and its nature. May the Almighty God Bless you all.
11. Contact details.
For further details, we can be contacted at Tel (+09264-66 258089 /120 /121) fax (+09264-66 258000/258091) e.mail:email@example.com. Physical Address: Nkurenkuru Town Council, P.O.BOX.6004, Nkurenkuru, Republic of Namibia. For attention: The Chief Executive Officer.