The sleepy village of Tses could soon undergo a major facelift that would eventually ensure that it grows to the size of towns such as Walvis Bay and Swakopmund elevating it to a municipality status in the long run.
In a statement issued to the media on Thursday Tses Glass (Pty) Ltd noted that the Tses village council has selected and appointed Winplan CC town and regional planning consultants to re-plan and re-design Tses.
The exercise follows in anticipation of the establishment of Tses Glass (Pty) Ltd glass manufacturing factory in the southern village that would created over 47 000 jobs in the village alone with more than 230 000 indirect job opportunities throughout Namibia.
The statement quoted the CEO of Tses village council Ivan Vries as saying that the establishment of the factory would mean an influx of 240 000 new residents that will need more basic services, supplies and infrastructure for their daily living.
The managing director of Winplan Town and Regional Planning Consultants Gerhard van der Merwe is of the opinion that the new development will mean that the village will need more than 40 000 erven which translates to a total need of 100 000 extensions over the years.
This, he said, will put Tses on par with first class municipalities such as Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.
Tses Glass is being developed to have all four separate manufacturing plants in a single location Tses; to constitute 7m net ton of Flat Glass, 7m net ton of Container Glass, 1m net ton of Fiber Glass, and 5m net ton of Ultrathin Glass; for a gross annual total of 20m net ton capacity, making it the largest dynamic glass manufacturing plant in the world.
The re-planning and re-designing of Tses and the subsequent upgrading to a higher status will mean a better living environment for the inhabitants while providing opportunities for the influx of other investors, the statement noted.
Although the Tses village council chairperson who was also recently appointed the chairman of the Board of Directors of Tses Glass, Brian !Gaoseb welcomed the new initiative he did not explain at what cost the new developments will come to the residents of the town that are mostly living in corrugated iron zinc structures at the village that has a very high unemployment rate.
Tses is situated some 80 kilometres north of Keetmanshoop in the Karas Region.
The actual re-planning of the new face of Tses will be based and determined on the outcome of the Tses Glass Feasibility Study and the Environmental Impact Assessment Study, the statement said.