The sulfur packaging warehouse being constructed in Arandis will soon be completed and ready to store about 60 000 tonnes of sulfur imported from Russia to be used by local mines and other African markets.In an interview with Nampa recently, site manag…
The sulfur packaging warehouse being constructed in Arandis will soon be completed and ready to store about 60 000 tonnes of sulfur imported from Russia to be used by local mines and other African markets.
In an interview with Nampa recently, site manager Leon van Eck said the process of constructing the 210 square meter warehouse facility started in March 2020 and will be completed by May following delays caused by the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Construction of the facility was set for completion in November 2020, however, due to COVID-19, some components could not be shipped from South Africa.
“The facility will store sulfur that arrives at the port of Walvis Bay and mining reagents that we will transport to mines. The storage facility is strategically placed here because Arandis is closer to Walvis Bay and the uranium mines,” he said.
Van Eck further stated that the facility will create employment for residents of Arandis, which will in turn ensure the town’s sustainability.
“When it comes to employment, we will give preference to people from Arandis because for any town to be sustainable, there needs to be things which can be done from that town. Residents also have to be involved,” he said.
Van Eck also added that more investments in Arandis will help develop the town and make life easier for residents.
Arandis Chief Executive Officer, Stanley Norris, said the construction of the facility aligns with the five-year strategic plan for the town.
“We need to always align with our strategy because we do not want unequal development,” he said.
Norris added that as the new storage facility falls under the industrial sector, it will add to the revenue of the council.
“We really need to evolve. The evolution of the council needs to continue with the times. This is an industrial sector and what it means is that there will be employment created because approximately 40 staff members will be employed. We are also increasing our exports nationally,” said Norris.