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Billion dollar Goreangab Waterfront Project delayed

Sun, 27 January 2013 18:24
by Chief Writer

Namibia might have to wait for two years to have the first brick laid at the one of arguably the largest developments in the country by a local company, the N$1b Goreangab Water Front Project The Villager can reveal.
The Goreangab Waterfront Project has potential to create about 1500 part time jobs during the construction phase while upon completion about 400 permanent jobs will be created.
Although the issue of the Gorengab Waterfront has been talked about for a good part of the past three years, investigations by The Villager reveal that the project is still in its infancy and there is a daunting task that needs to be carried out before it comes a reality.
According to the Director of Green Building Construction Company, Kombadaetu Kapwanga, the actual work on the proposed N$1b Goreangab Waterfront Project will start in 18 months’ time if all the prior engagements with the municipality of Windhoek, the Surveyor-General and relevant stake-holders is done.
Kapwanga also said the country might have to be patient before they can start considering relocating to the much publicised development project adding that, “The reality is that there are a lot of engagements that need to be done before the project may come to fruition. We actually have to be patient and follow all the relevant steps all the way because we cannot afford short cuts.”
According to Kapwanga, the most vital part of the project which is still to be done will be the landscaping exercise which is expected to gulp millions in expenditure.
“There is also a vital part of landscaping which is still to be done and that will not come at a cheap cost as that has to be done by an experienced firm,” he said.
Should the Goreangab Waterfront Project come to fruition, it will give a facelift to Katutura since it is expected to come up with an up-market residential set-up and the creation of a state-of-the-art shopping mall thereby reducing over-reliance on the Windhoek Central Business District.
Kapwanga further said the final project plan will be presented to the City of Windhoek soon before other considerations are made.
 “For now, we have done the traffic plan and the demographic studies and there is still need for the surveying of the land to be done.
“After that if all the considerations necessary are completed, servicing of the land will eventually follow and then building. “The demographic study also helps us to come up with a settlement plan and also determine what type of businesses will be relevant for such a setup,” he explained.