15 March 2021 | Infrastructure
The deputy minister of urban and rural development, Derek Klazen, officiated at the ground-breaking of a project that will see the servicing of land and result in the construction of 350 low-cost houses at Arandis.
Klazen said the aim of the project, to be executed by South Haven Holdings and that runs over two years, will expand the town’s homes by almost 30%.
Rössing Uranium initially constructed 1 000 houses and since 1994, council managed to build another 219 dwellings.
Klazen emphasised the project should not only provide shelter, but affordable housing that the entire community can benefit from.
“In the same vein, this project should use Arandis-based resources to eradicate unemployment and to boost the local economy.”
He hailed the single largest housing development as a historic event, saying efforts by town council to alleviate the housing backlog were appreciated.
“The progress made here is of particular importance especially given that development of the town was stagnant for a long time. Projects like these will ensure that the town’s growth will be realised.”
Klazen expressed the hope the execution of the housing project will run like clockwork within established quality standards and mine workers and residents will be able to buy houses in the town.
The deputy minister praised the former and current councillors of the mining town, saying: “I visited and launched the Strategic Plan for 2019-2024 in August 2019. I’ve been informed that town council achieved almost 67% of its five-year plan within a year and three months.”
Arandis mayor, Erastus Kandenge, said the housing dilemma does not only affect the town, but is a nationwide issue.
“[Therefore] I am grateful to everyone involved in this project aimed at reducing the housing backlog in our town and who is contributing towards employment creation.”
South Haven Investments’ Nick Mwanandimayi thanked Arandis’ leadership for formulating a recovery plan that will benefit the whole community.
“The credit for developing Extension Four should go to the Erongo Regional Council and the Arandis Local Authority. Thank you for entrusting us with the hundreds of people that will be employed and for allowing the town to have a development of this magnitude that will also empower women.”
Arandis also recently welcomed the establishment and prospects of various projects coupled with employment creation. These include a charcoal processing plant, a gypsum factory, a safety boot and gumboot factory, and a garment factory. Also, the town’s Traffic Emergency Response Centre is expected to be launched at Easter.