Foreign investors must develop Erongo towns: Swapo’s Heita

06 Jul 2014 15:10pm
OMARURU, 06 JUL (NAMPA) - The Swapo Party leadership in the Erongo Region is calling on all foreign investors in the region to plough back into the communities in which they operate.
Swapo’s regional coordinator, Phillipus Heita made this appeal on Saturday during the official opening of the party’s third regional executive committee meeting in Omaruru, situated 62 kilometres north of Karibib.
“All foreign investors in the mining and fishing sectors must put money into developing the towns they operate in, such as building houses and schools for people is such towns. This will mostly reduce the housing burden faced by local authorities,” he said.
Heita noted that there are indeed foreign companies who do that, and thanked them for that.
“Our region has adequate amounts of resources, therefore, as Swapo-Party leaders at regional level, we must focus on economic development by assisting our government with proper ideas, plans, strategies and methods on how to share such resources. This will reduce poverty and hunger,” he said.
Heita also expressed concern over the little percentage shares Government has in some of the mines in the country, saying Government is supposed to have a bigger stake.
He cited the Swakop Uranium Husab Mine near Arandis, where state-owned Epangelo Mining Company only has a 10-per cent share, while the remaining 90 per cent belongs to China Guangdong Nuclear Power Company.
Some other mines in Erongo are the Navachab Gold Mine, Rossing Uranium as well as LangerHeinrich Uranium.
On a different point, Heita discouraged alcohol abuse as well as violence against women and children in the region.
“Let us do away with personal problems and focus on economic development for the sake of the people who elect us into power. I want to advise all Swapo members to stay away from provocation during campaigns and elections this year,” the Swapo regional leader advised.
The one-day meeting selected six candidates for possible participation in the party’s Electoral College due to take place soon. These names could, however, not be made public, as the selection is still to be scrutinised by the Swapo Politburo.
From the six, only two members will then be selected by the regional executive committee to participate in the Electoral College on a date yet to be announced.
Heita added that the region’s new 50/50 gender representation structure will only be announced after 19 July 2014 at Arandis.
Members of the Swapo Central Committee and leaders assigned to Erongo such as Ben Amadhila, Utoni Nujoma, Asser Kapere, Loide Kasingo and Alpheus Muheua attended the meeting.