Dunes Mall construction to create 1 450 jobs

16 Apr 2015 17:40pm
WALVIS BAY, 16 APR (NAMPA) – The construction of the Dunes Mall at Walvis Bay will provide temporary employment to 450 people, most of them from the Erongo Region, Safland Property Group Chief Executive Officer, (CEO) Kallie van der Merwe says.
Speaking at a groundbreaking ceremony for the mall here on Thursday, he said Safland and other partners invested N.dollars 480 million in the development of this project.
“This is a huge development for Walvis Bay and Namibia. One thousand more jobs will be created upon the completion of the project. We will make sure we keep the money in Walvis Bay,” said the CEO.
The completion of the 28 000 square metre development situated next to the Diaz circle is expected to be achieved by May 2017.
A total of 80 tenants will be accommodated, while motorists can look forward to 1 000 parking bays.
It will also be the first property that brings escalators to the harbour town and initially obtaining the land was not easy.
“It took us nine years to secure space for this mall but we are happy to have acquired it. People question our investment in Walvis Bay but I tell them that Walvis Bay is a functional and fast growing town with a lot of untapped resources. Soon it will develop into an industrial hub and this proves that our investment is not in vain,” said van der Merwe.
Minister of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) Tjekero Tweya broke the ground to signal the beginning of work on the project.
Tweya welcomed the development and urged contractors to work hard and deliver quality work.
“Sloppy jobs will not be accepted. Those Namibian contractors who do not deliver quality work should be given a second chance and if they fail again they must be removed from the job,” he instructed.
The minister also advised all foreign tenants of the mall to ensure that products available should from Namibia and are sourced locally instead of importing products.
“If you do not respect us as the authority and source products from outside or don't send our products to be sold in other countries, we will send you back home fast. We invited you to do business and not to give us charity,” said an outspoken Tweya.
On her part, Walvis Bay Mayor, Uilika Nambahu applauded the developers for the investment, saying the mall will change the face of Walvis Bay.
“This investment is a clear indication that the developers are committed to grow Walvis Bay and Namibia as a whole. From the side of the council, we are ready to work with all investors to take our town further,” said the mayor.
She added that such investments should be a good example that can be emulated by all who have the ability and money to develop this country.