23 Feb 2015 09:50am
ARANDIS, 23 FEB (NAMPA) The lack of funds to establish the first mining museum in Namibia at Arandis will soon be a thing of the past, town mayor Daniel Utapi Muhuura says.
He was approached by Nampa on Monday for an update on the museum idea, which has been idling on his table for the past six years.
The mayor said efforts to secure funds paid off last year when the Social Security Commission (SSC) promised to avail about N.dollars 500 000to kick-start the first phase in the middle of this year.
Despite the struggle to get the money, we did not give up on the museum. This year, the project is fresh on our table again. This time, we are hopeful it will work out, said Muhuura.
Rössing Uranium Mine supports the project, together with the Arandis Town Council.
The first phase includes the information centre where old and new mining materials and equipment collected from mines around Arandis and Swakopmund will be displayed for tourists and Namibians to understand the history and current mining industry.
Other mining equipment will be collected from mining towns such as Rosh Pinah, Oranjemund and Tsumeb.
Though the mayor could not reveal the total cost of the project, it is estimated to be N.dollars 31 million.
Our vision is to establish a national mining museum, where we can exhibit all mines in Namibia to international visitors and our own people, Muhuura said.
The museum will be situated at the T-junction near the main road from Swakopmund to Usakos.
At this site, there is already a large water-truck and a bulldozer previously used for mining at the Rössing Uranium Mine around 1978.
Other historic equipment to be included in the museum include an old haul-truck, which has been standing in the town for about a decade now.
Arandis is located some 60 kilometres north of Swakopmund in the Erongo Region.