Awards |


  • 2003: Trophy for Best Town
  • 2000,2001,2003: Merit Award OATF
  • 2000: 3rd Prize Overall Exihibition - Africities Conference
Ongwediva Town Council :: About Us

Ongwediva the Town

Centre for the future Metropolitan area for Northern Namibia

Ongwediva is strategically located along the main traffic road connecting it to the two neighbor towns of Ondangwa and Oshakati. Ongwediva stands out as a town with emerging high quality of life indicators on which the town can build.The town has attractive natural surroundings which are well protected and will be developed further.

The town has plenty of open spaces, high quality residential areas and the opportunity to become the centre for the future metropolitan area for Northern Namibia.

Vision Targets

Ongwediva offers all essential professional services to make it the service hub of northern Namibia by 2007 and in particular, creates investment opportunities for :  

  • Private Hospitals
  • Research institutions
  • Private and public educational institutions
  • Professional services such as Architects, Engineers, Quantity Surveyors, Medical Doctors, Auditors, Lawyers, Estate Agents, etc.
  • Financial institutions and banks
  • Non-governmental organisations for providing business services 

Ongwediva is well known for its business and service promotion activities and events and attracts increasing numbers of exhibitors and goods and services. In line with Ongwediva Strategic Plan 2002 - 2007, we strive to enhance opportunities for the growth of businesses and service provision across board for the betterment of the lives of residents.

Ongwediva has an unemployment rate well below the national average. This is achieved by promoting and supporting small business development in the service and other industries.

Ongwediva has a superior reputation as a provider of excellent business opportunities with readily available land, infrastructure and services and lives up to a customer and service charter. 

Historical Background

Ongwediva as a modern settlement was started in the sixties, in the area of headman Mr. Nandjembo Mengela, by the South African Government dispensation. It was developed as a residential and institutional settlement. The settlement offered accommodation to persons employed in government and commerce in Oshakati and Ondangwa. All the main educational institutions in northern Namibia were located in Ongwediva.On the dissolution of the South African dispensation, upon the passing of the new Local Authorities Act 1992, Ongwediva was proclaimed as a town with a Town Council. The Town Council was elected at the end of 1992.

Since its inception in early 1993, the Town Council has made huge progress in:

  1. establishing its administrative structure and systems
  2. acquiring its own administrative and technical know-how to run its own affairs.

Its capabilities have increased to an extent that in July 1998, the MRLGH and the town mutually agreed to discontinue the Agency Agreement. Ongwediva thus is now a fully autonomous Town Council fulfilling all its obligations as per the Local Authority's Act. Meanwhile elections for new councillors were held successfully in February 1998.

Development Prospects

Generally there is a big demand of serviced development land for commerce and industry. In response to this demand the Town Council has embarked on big capital projects to provide basic urban services to large commercial and industrial areas of the Town.

The Town Council on the 10 th May 2004 inaugurated its N$ 7-million dollar TOWN HOUSE a Two Storey Building which accommodates administration and council chambers capital investment in infrastructure development is a key ingredient for economic growth in order to attract major capital investments in the housing, service and industrial sectors of the town’s economy