By Elvis Muraranganda
THE mining town of Arandis has prioritised the revival of a textile factory, the launching of a three megawatt solar energy power plant, a tyre recycling factory and an electric cabling manufacturing plant in the current financial year.
The Arandis Town Council has further approved the setting up of fish farm, a fodder production plant, a crop production plant, a butchery, a university hospital and a hospitality training centre, together with the Office Erongo Governor and the regional council.
This was revealed by Arandis Chief Executive Officer, Florida Husselmann, in a wide-ranging interview with Confidente on the developments at the town.
According to her, the town council has also prioritised the construction of an emergency response and traffic management centre.
Husselmann further confirmed that another priority for the current financial year is the hosting of the fourth Arandis Investment Conference and Mining Festival.
“All strategies developed by the council are focused on attaining sustainability within the three focus areas, namely industrialisation, education and tourism,” Husselmann noted.
“The Arandis Town Council is thus far planning for three new townships to accommodate the high demand for residential, commercial and industrial land, by potential investors,” she said.
Husselmann indicated that the town council is also focusing on the promotion of vocational training institutes, to complement the existing Namibia Institute for Mining and Technology and the AIMS Hospitality Training Institute, based at the town.
Although faced with some challenges, in respect of land delivery, the town has had some successes in availing land for mixed erven, including 3 000 erven at Extension 2.
About 344 mixed erven and 234 mostly residential erven were formalised at Extensions 4 and 5, respectively, while Extension 6 saw the formalisation of 47 agricultural and other erven.
In Extension 7, the town council formalised 101 residential erven, of which seven blocks have been subdivided into 38 smaller plots, and has been allocated to the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia.
“This project is well on track and the installation of services and the construction will commence before the end of this year.
“This will not only reduce the housing backlog and promote economic growth for Arandis, but will also improve the revenue base of the council,” Husselmann said.
She stressed that the council has availed land to potential housing developers, to erect show houses at their own risk. These houses are offered to customers, and based on the demand, the council will consider additional land applications.
The aim, Husselmann explained, is to ensure the affordability of land.
She said the houses have been completed, and are already occupied.
“In terms of industrialisation, the council has created a large number of industrial plots along the B2 road, for the purpose of promoting logistics.
“The Arandis Logistics Park will be promoted to interested developers, in respect of storage/warehousing facilities, logistics service providers and commercial business entities.”
The town further urbanised and implemented its Local Economic Development Strategy, by creating a concept design of what will be known as the Arandis Emergency Response and Traffic Management Centre, among many other successful strategies.
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