Development for Arandis
Groundbreaking for three projects
11 November 2019 | Infrastructure
Cleophas Mutjavikua; Erongo governor; “The projects support the core mandate of the Ministry of Works and Transport…”
The Arandis logistics hub, truck port and prepaid water meter projects were launched by the governor of the Erongo region Cleophas Mutjavikua on Friday.
The project, which belongs to Arandis B2 Truck Port, Total Namibia and Bena Capital and is funded by the Development Bank of Namibia to the tune of N$23 million, is adjacent to the B2 highway near the town. Services available at the port include refuelling, maintenance, ablution facilities, food and beverage, recuperation as well as waiting areas. The hub also provides support services like banking, postal, warehousing, a container terminal, cold storage and mid-production facilities.
The Arandis prepaid water meter project is a collaboration between the Arandis town council, Item Engineering and the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development.
Speaking at the occasion, Mutjavikua said that the projects are milestones that signify Namibia’s commitment to the Ministry of Works and Transport’s strategic plan that seeks to capitalize on growth opportunities in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) logistics sector, targeting the importing and exporting of goods in particular.
“The projects support the core mandate of the Ministry of Works and Transport to better serve the Namibian business sector, its people and the entire SADC region with an enabling environment for business to flourish,” Mutjavikua said.
In 2018, SADC’s import and exports of goods stood at about N$4.4 trillion. According to Mutjavikua, this movement volume requires the support of well-planned and designed terminal ports, road networks, railway infrastructure and support systems.
The strategic plan was developed by the works ministry with its core responsibility towards sectoral policy and regulation. The ministry is mandated to ensure infrastructure development and maintenance on transport and state asset management through operational excellence and prudent management of resources.
According to the mayor of Arandis, Risto Kapendah, the Arandis prepaid water meter project is a social ring-fenced project funded by the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development.
“The project’s uniqueness lies in the fact that it is geared towards addressing the plight of the most vulnerable members of society. This project will connect disconnected members of society and households within the communities, affording them the ability to take control of the consumption of the most basic of human need, which is water. Hence, no single resident of Arandis will remain without water and sanitation again,” he said.