Arandis hosts Uranium Festival

ARANDIS: The first ever Uranium Festival took place at the mining town of Arandis on Friday and ends on Saturday.

The festival is combined with the third Arandis Investment Conference and was attended by town mayors, councillors, ministers and representatives of different businesses especially from the mining industry.

Speaking at the official opening on Friday, Arandis Town Council Chief Executive Office (CEO) Florida Husselmann said the festival and conference is meant to showcase what Arandis can offer in terms of business.

The event held under the theme ‘Arandis the Gateway to Industrialisation Excellence’, also aims to market the town to local and international potential investors

It is further, a platform for stakeholders in the Uranium mining industry to network and discuss ways to develop the town with the aim to achieve Vision 2030.

“Council is ready to provide a conducive environment for investors. We are also ready to take on the challenge of industrialisation,” she said.

Husselmann added that the town will expand its boundary with an extra 8 000 hectares in order to be able to accommodate more investors.

“We plan to add a total of 3 222 erven, of which 2 783 are for residential purposes and the rest is industrial erven,” said the CEO

Husselman highlighted the development projects currently in progress and the ones to start early next year such as the brick factory, textile factory, solar power plant, gas production plant and the tyre recycling factory.

“The time to invest in Arandis is now, the wagon is on the move and I invite you to jump in,” she said.

On his part, Minister of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Tjekero Tweya who is the patron of the event said achieving industrialisation is not easy but it is possible with improved human capacity.

“To achieve industrial development and Vision 2030, we need skills development. Institutions of education must provide the skills required by the industries,” Tweya said.

Tweya, the former employee of Rössing Uranium Mine advised that there should be diversity in terms of businesses conducted here to avoid dependency in Uranium mining alone.

Erongo regional governor Cleophas Mutjavikua who was also at the event said Arandis has a high potential for investment as it is surrounded by Uranium mines such as Husab and Rössing.

“I assure you that Arandis Town Council takes quick decisions when it comes to investment requests, they are very fast, so if you need to invest come to Arandis,” said the governor.