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Tses glass manufacturing, a dream coming true

by Tirivangani Masawi Chief writer



What started off as a project full of potential to buffer the Namibian manufacturing sector has now given birth to Africa’s largest glass manufacturing plant in Namibia’s southern Karas Region.
Only a few years ago, glass manufacturing in the South was nothing more than a well-crafted business plan with potential to make money, but the coming of Groot Group into the project is yet to see Namibia being one of the largest glass manufacturers in the world.
Groot Group is a Namibia-based premier rapid industrial development and foreign direct investment management company, which focuses on implementing applied neuro-economics and systems dynamic to efficiently explore, develop, and manage self-sustained ecosystems for the slow-developing and stagnant economies.
Budgeted at more than US$5b (N$41 billion) for its development and construction, Tses Glass expects to create more than 8 000 of new direct manufacturing jobs in the impoverished dusty village situated some 80km north of Keetmanshoop and more than 40 000 of new indirect jobs throughout Namibia.
According Simon Kapenda, neuro-economist and CEO of Groot Group, the project will boost the country’s manufacturing sector and create employment for the poverty-stricken southern region, “Similar to our steel mill in Otavi, this glass manufacturing plant is also an ecosystem by itself; an interlink-connected industrial project, as more and more suppliers, providers and developers are expected to flock to the Tses area to set-up new businesses to provide services and housing developments for the Tses Glass workers
The project will be a result of a commercial marriage between Groot Group, SDS Group, Nissi and the Tses community on an equal shareholding value to form a joint venture, which will run under the name; Tses Glass (Pty) Ltd.
Tses Glass is expected to become the largest dynamic glass manufacturing factory in Africa, focused on producing industry leading glass products with the type of float glass, hollow glass, glass wool and fibre, cast glass and ultra thin glass for the construction of residential and commercial buildings as well as for automobiles, kitchenware, bottles, touch screen computing and smart phones devices for the markets around the world.
Siemens AG, the Germany-based global powerhouse in electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the industry, energy and healthcare sectors, is to provide and supply the needed glass-making technology, equipment and processes for the successful and efficient development and manufacturing operation flow of the Tses Glass Manufacturing Plant.
Tses Glass also seeks to partner with some of the world’s largest glass manufacturing equipment makers, technology providers and suppliers for its planned dynamic glass manufacturing plant, which aims to help rapidly transform the local and regional economy of the Tses community by making it one of the fastest growing local economies in southern Namibia.
Groot Group will also partner with local entrepreneurs with the local and central Government for the development of the Groot Rapid Industrial Ecosystem in Namibia with more than 60 different planned industrial projects, which includes Groot Group (an industrial hub), Sitentu Power Plant (a 900 MW CCGT Power Plant), Otavi Steel, Wire and Cable Plant, Engineering College, Medical Centre and International Airport.
The development by Groot Group will also see more related industrial projects that would enable a creation of more than 500 000 new direct and indirect sustainable job opportunities within five years.