16 Sep 2016 11:00am
KEETMANSHOOP, 16 SEP (NAMPA) Over 3 000 job opportunities were created in Keetmanshoop for the 2015-2017 period, senior local economic development manager Jegg Christiaan of the Keetmanshoop Municipality said on Thursday.
The municipality hosted a stakeholder business seminar alongside the Keetmanshoop Agricultural and Industrial Show currently underway, to identify local and regional resources for future economic development.
Christiaan said the jobs were created mainly through the Neckartal Dam construction project, the Mass Housing development, the opening of the University of Namibia (UNAM) Southern Campus and the construction of the Presidents Office.
Present economic activities in the //Kharas Region are mostly in agriculture, mining and tourism, Christiaan said.
Prevailing activities are small-stock and game farming, irrigation alongside the Orange River and Naute Dam, fishing in Lüderitz, mining in Rosh Pinah and Oranjemund and tourism through Ai-Ais and the Fish River Canyon.
The existing transport network provided excellent opportunities for value-addition to agricultural products, manufacturing for local industries, real estate, hospitality and expansion of the service sector, Christiaan added.
The municipality expects an influx of over 6 000 people to the southern capital over the next two years, largely for job opportunities at the Neckartal Dam upon its completion in 2017.
Christiaan said the municipality is hard at work to deliver serviced land, but would require assistance from Government and the private sector to develop the infrastructure for a growing populace.
UNAM Southern Campus Pro-Vice Chancellor Erold Naomab pledged the support of the academic institution to the economic development of the regional community.
Huge financial investments are made through the construction of a new campus and the presence of students and staff in Keetmanshoop. Our aim is to position our institution as a valuable partner that can offer research and provide quality programmes and graduates to the region.
Namibian Ports Authority marketing specialist Cecil Kamupingene said plans were underway to investigate the possibility of developing a port at Angra Bay in Lüderitz through a public-private partnership basis.
The purpose is to target Namibian cargo and some South African cargo that are currently shipped through the Northern Cape.
Roads Authority senior specialist Richard Milinga said the upgrade of the 100 kilometre Oranjemund-Rosh Pinah road would advance economic development efforts for the region.
Namwater regional manager Andries Kock pronounced the general outlook for water in the //Kharas Region as promising thereby upping the chance for development of new industry.