The government has cleared the feasibility study and Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) for the construction of two Groot Glass Manufacturing factories in Tses earlier month.
Phase one of the long-awaited construction is expected to start early next year the Chief Executive officer of Tses Villager Council Fritz Christian said.
“Finally the EIA has been cleared, and the construction is expected to start next year, but the investors are also busy with fundraising for the project. These projects will have a very positive impact on the livelihood of all the inhabitants as it will create temporary and permanent jobs. We are looking at potentially major development of the town,” he said.
He said Tses Glass is being developed to have all four separate manufacturing plants in a single location.
Christian also said the establishment of the factory would mean an influx of approximately 10 000 – 20 000 new residents who will need basic service supplies.
The construction of the factory was initially going to be a joint venture between Grootgroup; Tses Villager Council SDS and Nissi group but new investors and engineers have come on board from Ukraine, Italy and Germany to kick-start the project.
“The village council sees the project as a way out of the poverty challenges and potential revenue stream for the locals. This project will be a big achievement, and we look forward to it. I am sure once the construction phase starts we will have more activities taking place in the town that will boost the economy of the town and the country as well,” he said.
He further added that the project would be a gateway for many investors to invest in Tses.
Community infrastructures such as the sports fields and a community hall will also be developed by next year he said.
Tses is situated some 80 kilometres north of Keetmanshoop in the Karas region.