Okahandja Shopping Centre to Open in September

THE Okahandja Shopping Centre is nearing completion and is expected to be officially opened in September, project managers have said. The project will cost N$180 million and will be one of the biggest investments in the town, employing several hundred people.

“The store design of the retail stores is attractive and modern and an integral part of creating a cohesive shopping centre,” a statement said on Friday.

Popular retail giants such as Edgars Active, Legit, Pep, Pep Home, Jet, Dunns, Waltons, Mr Price, Sheet Street and Ackermans are some of the stores that will operator at the centre. Retailer. Shoprite is also part of the tenants.

The centre’s tenant mix is meant to appeal and attract a broad customer spectrum, diverting the need for residents to conclude all their shopping in Windhoek, the statement said.

Construction commenced in February last year and the centre is now going through final finishing touches. The centre makes up 18 300 square meters.

“Anticipating the needs of retailers, we made additions, which we expect to complete by September” said the development’s project manager Garth Mouton.

The development is being spearheaded by Namib Housing (Pty) Ltd, a subsidiary of Germou Holdings.

Another major investment at the town is the SABMiller’s Namibian Brewery currently under construction, which is expected to begin brewing its first products next month, almost a year earlier than previously anticipated.

The construction began in July last year. This is SABMiller’s first brewery to be constructed in Namibia.

While SABMiller will fully fund the projects, SABMiller Namibia will be 60% owned by SABSA Holdings (Pty) Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of SABMiller, and 40% by local Namibian partners, comprising 20% Onyewu Investments (Pty) Ltd and 20% by three charitable trusts for the benefit of local communities.

The total investment in the brewery is estimated at N$420 million. An estimated 100 full time jobs will be created. The capacity will be 260 000 hectolitres brewery, tipping the capacity of Namibia Breweries.

The brewery site plan accommodates future growth. While the installed capacity of the brewery is 260 000 hl per annum, this is expandable to 400 000 hectolitres. SABMiller also plans to invest in a 750ml returnable bottle packaging line and warehouse facilities.

The manufacturing of quality brewing equipment to be housed within the brewery was sourced from South Africa, Europe and India. Detailed process and design interaction was undertaken by SABMiller to ensure that this equipment meets the group’s stringent and high quality standards expected to brew and bottle its products.

Source : The Namibian