Oranjemund open for business

The town of Oranjemund is ready to do business with those who require land for commercial, industrial, housing and other projects of their choice, its Mayor Henry Coetzee said.

Speaking at the inauguration of the FlyWestair flights for the Windhoek - Oranjemund route on Wednesday, Coetzee called for investment at the town because development is not a one-man show and needs partners.

He indicated that the town has received a lot of business interests from Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg, in the areas of tourism, industrial manufacturing, solar and wind energy, commercial and agricultural activities, vocational education, and land and housing development within the town

'Our vision is to ensure that Oranjemund thrives on new possibilities, but our mission is to ensure citizen participation on a sustainable and prosperous future.'

He noted that Oranjemund was ready to do business with those who require land for commercial, industrial, housing and any other project of their choice, because development is not a one-man show and needs partners.

'We realised that we cannot build our local economy on one commodity which is a finite resource and that is diamonds. So we need to diversify the local economy,' he said.

Speaking to Nampa on the side-lines of the event, Coetzee told Nampa that economic activities in the town have mainly been driven by tourism, however, it also has potential for a retirement village because of its weather.

The council is also looking at the possibility of opening a higher learning institution in Oranjemund.

'After 81 years (of being closed off to the general public) everyone wants to come and see

We are looking into housing development because accommodation is a huge problem for us as we are battling with accommodation, therefore, there is such an investment opportunity available,' he said.

He noted that the town is strategically located next to one of the biggest economies (South Africa) in Africa in order to accommodate investments in land and housing developments.

Source: Namibia Press Agency