Cheese making factory planned for Okombahe

22 Jun 2017 17:40pm
SWAKOPMUND, 22 JUN (NAMPA) – A cheese making factory is expected to be set up in the Okombahe settlement of the Erongo Region in the next financial year, regional Governor Cleophas Mutjavikua said on Thursday.
Delivering his annual State of the Region Address, Mutjavikua said this will be done by international investors in conjunction with Namibian entrepreneurs.
He said imported goat cheese is very expensive in local shops and that situation can only be turned around by producing the same product at home.
“We have goat farmers in Otjimbingwe and Okombahe who can benefit from supplying the factory with milk for cheese making. So, we will make this a reality,” he said.
The governor said investors visited his office and toured the region to explore investment opportunities after which they chose some.
Okombahe is also expected to see a nurses training institution through the same investors, which will mostly focus on training young people from the area.
Other projects are hospitals planned for Arandis and Henties Bay, and a desert green scheme project which will be irrigated with desalinated water.
“We have to bring agriculture to our desert, we can and we will.”
A factory to assemble calculators and radios is envisaged in Walvis Bay, as well as a kitchen utensil production factory financed by Seaflower Whitefish Corporation.
“All forks and spoons we use come from other countries, we are about to manufacture our own very soon.”
Mutjavikua said these tenders were already advertised and the regional council is just waiting for those with interest to respond.
On youth empowerment, the politician reported that 72 unemployed youth were trained in entrepreneurship under the National Youth Service and given soft loans to start their businesses and create jobs.
“Ten of these young people started a bakery in Okombahe which is doing very well,” said the governor.
Under the Erongo Development Foundation, more than 65 women and young people from across the region received soft financial loans as start-up capital.
On completed projects, Mutjavikua said he is proud of the investment in the region, which involves the N.dollars 70 million matangara factory at Walvis Bay.
The Dunes Mall, which is under construction at Walvis Bay, and the just opened Platz Am Meer Mall in Swakopmund are some other highlights.
Mutjavikua said such projects provide employment to a number of people – something a region should be proud of.
“Our interest and preoccupation should be focused on employment creation.”
On education, Mutjavikua said classrooms and teachers accommodation was completed at the villages of Okongue, Otjohorongo and Ozondati.