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Keetmanshoop garment factory completed at a cost of over N$10m

by Rodney Pienaar

Namibia’s first ever garment factory has been completed at a cost of N$10 965 333 in Keetmanshoop.

The factory is expected to employ more than 25 locals once it is commissioned, senior manager of corporate services at Namibia Development Corporation (NDC), Wessel Nanuseb has told The Villager. 

“The project has been fully completed and the facility is fully equipped. This project will definitely help reduce the number of unemployment in the region. This project will also boost the economy of the south of the country. And it will give preference to residents of the region for employment. The factory has been built on land availed by the town council,” he said.

He added that supervisors might be sourced from other regions if the skills are not available in the //Karas region.

Nanuseb also said that project promoters have been identified to run the facility on an economic basis. 

“However, NDC will be responsible for further guidance and supervision. Town and region will benefit from the increased economic activities associated with this factory. The dependency on imports from other regions and South Africa will also be lowered once fully operational,” he said. 

He added that the delay experienced in completion of the garment factory was during the construction stage as the contractor could not proceed with the project with due diligence, and as such his performance on site was substandard. 

This project is expected to attract more investors to the region.