By: Justicia Shipena
Grootfontein Mayor Talitha Garises said her town has significant business opportunities for investors and economic potential for the country.
Garises said this when welcoming delegates to the 8th Public Enterprise CEO Forum which took place at the National Youth Service Centre at Rietfontein, situated some 40 kilometres south of Grootfontein in Otjozondjupa region.
“I’m happy to discuss with captains of industry investment opportunities we offer,” she said, and invited the executives to expand their companies’ branches to Grootfontein, the town of the Hoba Meteorite, the largest in the world.
The Mayor emphasised that it is in order to gain new footprints and to stimulate our local economy, adding that in doing so they will be building on the collaborative model in managing responses to render better services to the country’s citizens.
“With your leadership and proactive ways, we can realise more growth, offer more opportunities and create more jobs,” she said.
Garises said the town of about 30,000 residents regards itself to be the greatest fountain in Namibia for socio-economic wealth and possesses the necessary vibrancy for residents, investors and visitors.
She described Grootfontein as a high-energy cosmopolitan hub with a beautiful lush green environment, suitable for cattle and crop farming.
“On top of everything the district is blessed with wildlife and good rainfall. I would like to invite you all to introduce Grootfontein town’s economical potential. Grootfontein is a great place to do business,” she said.
Garises added that the town is also great for the expansion of urban development.
“We have an exclusive zone of over 100 000 km2 of open land which translates to 12.8% of the land coverage in Namibia. The town has a major advantage for being strategically located along the Trans-Zambezi Corridor, Walvis Bay-Ndola road as well as access to the Trans-Kalahari Corridor.”
She stated that the town is in the midst of releasing its five-year strategic plan in an effort to move past delayed development.
“To move from a level of slow development, the town is in the process of launching its five year strategic plan that will embrace Change while the institutional capacity of the Council needs to be strengthened,” she said.