Brakwater

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Coordinates: 22°27′54″S 17°4′37″E / 22.46500°S 17.07694°E / -22.46500; 17.07694Coordinates: 22°27′54″S 17°4′37″E / 22.46500°S 17.07694°E / -22.46500; 17.07694
Country  Namibia
Time zone SAST (UTC+1)

Brakwater (Afrikaans: brackish water) is a settlement 20 km north of Windhoek in the Khomas Region of Namibia. It belongs to the Windhoek Rural electoral constituency.

Brakwater was the end point of the first 17 km of non-gravel road in South West Africa, when Windhoek's main road to the North was tarred in 1957.[1] This road today is part of the B1 national road.

Brakwater is not a village or town in the classical sense. It rather consist of a large area of plots of at least 1 hectare each that in the past have been used for residential and business purposes. It includes the smaller areas of Emmarentia, Döbra, and Nubuamis, as well as the Mix informal settlement,[2] and it is sometimes referred to as Greater Brakwater Area.[3] Due to the geographical location of the nearby capital of Windhoek which is almost completely enclosed by a rocky, mountainous area the vast, flat Brakwater area is the most feasible place for Windhoek's expansion.[4] It is therefore planned to expand municipality services in this area, including access roads, water and electricity supply as well as sewerage.[3] This process has influenced property prices and sales volumes; sometimes Brakwater is already listed as suburb of Windhoek.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dr. Klaus Dierks Index of first occurrences in Namibia
  2. ^ The Namibian Legal Assistance Centre to represent squatters, by Christof Maletzky
  3. ^ a b Aloe Monthly Newsletter, Municipality of Windhoek, Issue 6 June 2009
  4. ^ New Era, 10 Feb 2010: Windhoek’s battle for land, by Desie Heita
  5. ^ [1] FNB Namibia Housing Index, third quarter 2006, p2