Unemployed Arandis clothing workers to get jobs back

02 Aug 2015 10:40am
ARANDIS, 02 AUG (NAMPA) - The employees who lost their jobs at Dantago clothing factory in Arandis last year, will soon be employed again when the factory reopens this year.
The 427 employees, of which only two are men, found themselves on the streets with no money to support their families when the factory closed in February 2014.
The closure was caused by the termination of the contract between Dantago and the factory’s sole client, the Woolworths Group.
Speaking to Nampa on the sidelines of the official opening of the third Arandis Investment Conference and Uranium Festival on Friday, Arandis Town Council Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Florida Husselmann said the garment factory will reopen soon.
“We are excited that they will get their jobs back. Within two weeks we will be able to have a definite answer that the factory will be operational again,” said Husselmann.
Husselmann said after the closure, the town council, Government, Erongo regional governor Cleophas Mutjavikua and business people in the region discussed the matter and found a solution to it.
She said the idea is to bring in different partners to financially support the project and ensure that people have jobs.
Husselmann noted that it is too soon to reveal who will be involved in the running of the factory as such information will only be made public once everything is ready.
She could also not reveal where and how the clothes will be sold.
“We want everyone to benefit from this factory when it opens again, we do not want only one person or a few individuals to benefit like when it was owned by one company. Even the workers will have direct benefits this time,” said the CEO.
Husselmann noted that the former workers have tailoring skills and will be ready to work anytime.
She further said the closure has had a negative effect on the revenue collection of the town, as the affected people struggle to pay for water and electricity.
Dantago sewed the garments at Arandis and transported it to Woolworths in South Africa for distribution amongst various retailers throughout Africa.
The Arandis Investment Conference and Uranium Festival, held under the theme ‘Arandis, the gateway to industrialisation excellence', aims to market the town to local and international potential investors, as well as provide a networking platform.
The two-day event was attended by mayors, councillors, ministers and representatives of various businesses, especially from the uranium mining industry.