VodaNak Project: 2010
POST WORLD WAR I
Union troops took hold of Outjo on 28 June 1915. Most documents of the Bezirksampt Outjo were destroyed. Civil soldiers called on were released and only German soldiers in the permanent force were repatriated. Developments grind to a standstill until 1920.
Outjo has been under military management until 1920 when magistrate L.C.H. Albertyn was send to administrate the town.
1920 also saw farms being bought by people from the South African union. They brought with some capital and business flourished again.The Primarary School was eventually granted and build in 1921 for 18 white children with a hostel for 9. Inhabitants requested the Administrator to allow a town council in December 1923 when magistrate Albertyn's jurisdiction ended. They received the go ahead in 1930.
The town management team consisted of 5 members: The Magistrate ex-officio, Jacobus Johannes Meyer, Ernst Gerhard Schumann, Edwin C. G. KleingŁther and Benjamin Gottlieb Lategan. Their initial agenda focused on: Roads, New water-scheme, mosquito fighting and fencing. The school had a fairly strong agricultural activity with animals and gardens. A swimming pool was built in 1938. This were OK Foods are today (2007).
The Second World War saw new inhabitants arriving and another financial injection. Colonel P.I. Hoogenhout, Administrator of Southwest-Africa endorsed a petition from 1943 and declared Outjo a municipality on 1 April 1944. L.J. Haasbroek, B.G. Lategan and C.H. Rothmann has been elected, while A.G. Oberholzer, A. Swanepoel and M. Goldstein with Magistrate H.B. Erlank has been appointed by the Administrator on the council. By 1950 Outjo had a power plant installed and new inhabitants were flooding in. Corrugated buildings were temporarily allowed to be erected to cope with the demand for housing. The municipality granted 45 building loans between 1952 and 1954 to erect permanent houses. The local hospital was inaugurated in 1950. Word from our older white inhabitants are that this was erected with private funds.
The Secondary School started in 1951 and due to the fast expansion, they soon occupied some rooms in the Magistrates office. The Secondary School and hostels were completed in 1954 and expanded in 1961. German as teaching medium has only been introduced in 1955. During 1955 and 1956 the biggest challenges were to get the existing water and electrical installations upgraded. Etoshapoort, then being labelled a very modern location has been planned and laid out in 1955. The families relocated between 1960 and 1964 from the old area originally allocated by the German "Bezirksmann" in 1906.
The municipality build new offices and rest camp, predominantly for tourist during 1957. The first tarred roads were completed in 1959 when the new power supply has been delivered as well. The abattoir was also upgraded.
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