Concrete batching plant eyed for Rundu

RUNDU: Residents, businesspeople and construction companies at Rundu will no longer have to travel outside the two Kavango regions to purchase concrete, should plans to establish a concrete batching plant here are realised.

There is currently no concrete batching plant at the Kavango East and West regions, and those involved in construction with concrete currently have to travel over 300km to Tsumeb in the Oshikoto Region to purchase ready-mixed concrete – a costly exercise.

A civil engineering and mining company intends to establish a concrete batching plant at the Cuma village, situated on the southern periphery of Rundu, where ready-mixed concrete will be manufactured to be used in different types of construction purposes.

Gecko Mining Company Project Manager Gary Ives told Nampa on Tuesday the company is currently in advanced negotiations with the Rundu Town Council to purchase land at the Cuma village and put up a concrete batching plant to supply the town with ready-mix concrete.

The company also plans to manufacture long bricks.

Once operational, the plant is expected to also serve the Zambezi Region.

“We intend to invest heavily in the town of Rundu with this upcoming project,” Ives said, adding that massive employment of both skilled and unskilled jobs will be created for the local people.

The Gecko Mining Company is currently constructing the first and second phases of the multi-million dollar Uvhungu-Vhungu dairy farm on the eastern outskirts of Rundu.