Arandis is a town on the rise as it swims against tide of criticism, It has ambitious plans aimed at positioning the town as a “town of choice”, is already bearing fruits, given the visible developments.
There seems to be no turning back as the Town Council puts shoulder to wheel to revive the fortune of the town, whose lifespan almost came to a halt, but the discovery of new uranium deposits has given the town a new lease of life.
The Town Council is currently busy with the development of its second Five Year Strategic Plan. Providing cxcellent Services is part of its core values and will form a critical focus area.
As part of its development projects, the town welcomed its first ever fully fledged bank when the First National Bank (FNB) opened its doors in Arandis 13September 2013, thus bringing long awaited banking services to the people in and around the town, who often have to travel to Swakopmund and Walvis Bay to make transactions.
This positive development comes hard on the heels of an investment conference held earlier this year, which encouraged financial institutions to set up shop in Arandis. FNB has certainly heeded that call, it is comes as no surprise that FNB has been selected as the leading bank in Namibia five years in a row. The bank is located at the new shopping complex.
The Council is currently busy with the providing municipal services to 101 low income ervens, as well as to some commercial properties.
The Council believes that fast tracking the provision of housing in the town, as well as business development, will further stimulate economic growth.
In taking this initiative the town is taking into consideration that fostering good relations with the surrounding mines such as Husab Mine is of paramount importance to the town, as it is one of the long term plans of the council as far as employment and housing opportunities are concerned.
To this end the Council is vigorously working at creating an enabling environment that will make Arandis a Town of Choice to the workforce of Husab Mine.
The National Housing Enterprises (NHE) will soon be commencing the construction of 20 houses, which will total 100 houses constructed through the enterprise. According to the Town Council, a number of financial institutions have already indicated their preparedness to finance property development in the town as investor confidence picks up.
The Council is calling upon Namibians to see Arandis as a destination and use this as an investment opportunity to be grabbed and optimised.
However, not all is smooth sailing as there are certain challenges. One of the main challenges the Council is facing is the provision of bulk infrastructure which is said to be extremely costly.
This challenge, however, was partly alleviated through the Targeted Intervention Programme for Employment and Economic Growth (TIPEEG) project, whereby funding was made available to the town of Arandis for the provision of services. The TIPEEG programme has enabled the Council to partly service some priority areas.
According to the Council, Investing in Arandis, is investing in the future. Arandis is the growth point in the Erongo Region and with its strategic location offers all the advantages to industrial service providers. The Town Council is also working hard to ensure Small to Medium Enterprise (SMEs) have their fair share in the ongoing developments.
In addition to this, the Council is encouraging the establishment of Vocational Institutions in order to contribute to skills development, not only for Arandis or the Erongo Region, but to the entire Namibian nation. The Town Council says that land is available at affordable prices and the Council is keen to accommodate serious investors. PF