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Foreign investors eye maturing Okahandja

by Honorine Kaze
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The town of Okahandja is fast becoming one of Windhoek’s top vibrant feeder towns with numerous development projects lined up to enhance competitiveness and all-inclusive sustainable growth.
Speaking at the Okahandja expo on Friday, acting CEO of the Okahandja Municipality, Ripanda Meroro, noted the increase in doctors, dentists and land surveyors setting base, 60km north of the capital, Windhoek.
“Contrary to other reports, SAB Miller is still coming to Okahandja. The water and sewer systems have already been set up. It is a matter of time,” he said.
Besides the arrival of Woolworth in Okahandja, the Omumbonde Business Park is almost complete, he said.
He also said Wimpy will be setting up base in the garden town at the soon-to-be-constructed service station off Gross Barman Road.
“Of course, we already have a roof sheets manufacturing company that has begun construction. However, there is an increase in housing needs for senior people. We have begun seeing more retirement villages being constructed. Soon the new double-storey military school along the main road will be standing.
“Truck-port is also under construction. Nonetheless, despite all this, we see a strong need for an exposure to the outside world. We, therefore, appeal to the Ministry of Regional and Local Government to introduce business people coming to Namibia to Okahandja. Industrial land is affordable compared to our competitor Windhoek and our rates and taxes are cheap besides our proximity to the central government,” Meroro said.
The Okahandja Expo was largely a success graced by numerous exhibitors from Windhoek, SMEs, top corporate like MTC, SSC, among others, with Local Government Minister Jerry Ekandjo as the main speaker.
In his keynote address Ekandjo noted that the fact foreign investors are showing interest to such a great town is a good sign of development.
“Local authorities bear the responsibility of Government at its lower tier for allocating resources. Government should now facilitate business opportunity.  All crucial features of development should, therefore, be synchronised,” Ekandjo said further revealing that Okahandja has since received N$16m from Central Government for the construction of water and sewer systems, some of which has started in the residential areas like Five Rand.