Getting ready for Husab

The new N$20 million shopping complex being developed by Old Mutual in partnership with a private developer in Arandis is nearing completion. The shopping complex will house retail giant Shoprite, FNB, Pep, among others, is set to be completed by the end of this month.Also under construction in the town, is a new health center being built by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare under the government’s Tipeeg programme. Construction of the health facility, which will also house medical personnel, started in January. (Photographs by Lorato Khobetsi)The Arandis-based company, Namibia Sheet Metal Manufacturers was one of the many non-mining companies which participated in the Mineral, Mining and Energy Expo which was hosted in conjunction with the Arandis Investment Conference. The company was represented by its owner, Daniel Amaambo.The sleepy town of Arandis is currently positioning itself for the opening of the N$20 billion Husab mine expected to be operational in 2015.
Arandis, established in 1978 as a dormitory town of the Rossing Uranium mine is slowly turning into a proper town after years of fearing that the town will become a ghost town. When the Economist visited Arandis last week, several new construction projects were taking shape in the town which is heavily reliant on mining.
A new N$20 million shopping complex being developed by Old Mutual in partnership with a private developer, is nearing completion. The shopping complex, which will house retail giant Shoprite, FNB and Pep among others, is set to be completed by the end of this month according to the town’s Chief Executive Officer, Florida Husselmann.
A few meters from the Shopping complex is a new health centre being built by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare under the government’s Tipeeg programme. Construction of the health facility, which will also house medical personnel, started in January.