Second Phase of Lüderitz Waterfront At Aanced Stage

The Luumlderitz Waterfront Development Company’s chief executive officer (CEO), Fluksman Samuehl says the construction of the second phase of the project is at an aanced stage.

The second phase that commenced in 2002, includes the renovation and upgrading of the old power station.

Samuehl told Nampa in an interview that construction work on the old power station started in June last year, and is expected to be completed within 26 months at a cost of N$230 million.

Samuehl said handing over of the construction site for a shopping mall, housing component and four star hotel will be done in September.

Samuehl said the shopping mall will be constructed at a cost of N$65 million. The mall will include a coffee shop and restaurant.

The housing component will be built at a cost of N$45 million, and will consist of 18 waterfront apartments all overlooking the harbour, ranging from two to three bedroom units.

The project will also provide three penthouses on top of the building. He said the third project will be the four-star hotel with 70 rooms at a cost of N$120 million.

This will help alleviate the issue of accommodation, especially during the annual Crayfish Festival, Samuehl said.

“We are going to roll out our marketing strategy in terms of attracting more businesses, provide opportunities for investment conferences and attract more international tourists, mainly from Europe, who visit the town mostly because of its German appeal,” he said. The construction of these commercial projects will be done within 18 months.

Samuehl said the bigger plan is to increase the number of tourists, who visit the town. He said the town receives about 75 000 international visitors, mainly from Germany, and 100 000 local tourists annually.

The main challenge facing Luumlderitz is to define its attraction activities for visitors to justify their time of stay, and for the town to benefit from their stay, he added.

On another development, Samuehl said there are plans to set up a satellite campus of the Polytechnic of Namibia.

He said the importance of having the campus is to help Luumlderitz diversify its economic activities as the town is now only known for fishing, mining and tourism.

Upon completion of the campus in 2016, the town will be seen as a ‘student town’, and massive public investments will find their way into the economy in terms of local procurement and services associated with education, he said

Samuehl said the new campus will cater for hotel and hospitality training, as well as entrepreneurship and marine engineering training. The campus is expected to host about 2 500 students. Luumlderitz has a population of 35 000 people.

The campus will also include an indoor sports centre with a swimming pool, netball and volleyball courts, auditoriums as well as gymnasiums.

The building will also accommodate a maritime museum as a drawcard for tourism.

“I cannot image future tourists coming here and not visiting the Luumlderitz Waterfront maritime museum,” he said.

Samuehl added that the museum will promote fishing, trade and mining at sea.

Nampa

Source : The Namibian