Embracing sustainability: Namdeb's transformation of Oranjemund

October 28, 2015, 12:09pm

 

Namdeb has been working with the Oranjemund Town Council (OTC) in the handover of municipal infrastructure and services in order to embrace sustainability.

Through a town transformation plan, Namdeb will help ensure the handover of land and property by early 2017. This will also help propel Oranjemund to be operational, self-funding and sustainable.

“We are receiving the necessary support from all stakeholders to fast track the transformation process in a responsible and sustainable manner. The community is excited and is looking forward to the exciting developments and private property ownership in Oranjemund,” says Tony Bessinger, Namdeb’s Head of Town Transformation and Sustainability.

Namdeb will also create an investor friendly environment that will help the town beyond just the diamond mining sector. This includes looking into a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) that will help create large scale sustainability projects. Namdeb will also focus on town development, accommodation, tourism, desert agriculture and manufacturing.

Namdeb’s General Manager, Riaan Burger cited the importance of Namdeb’s continuous contribution to the economy by focusing on mining whilst ensuring a sustainable future, “I commend the Oranjemund Town Council for their commitment to the town transformation process as I believe that through exploring diverse opportunities, Oranjemund can exist beyond diamond mining.”

During this transition, Namdeb says that it will maintain infrastructure and services within the Town Council. Also since the town is in Sperrgebiet, a diamond mining protected area, the town is subjected to the Diamond Act, the Local Authorities Act and legislation by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism due to its location in a National Park.