Ongwediva — The Governor of the Oshana Region Clemens Kashuupulwa helped developers cut the ceremonial ribbon last Friday to officially unveil the Maroela Mall at Ongwediva.
The mall that cost N$115 million is a stone's throw from the state-of-the-art Ongwediva Private Medipark Hospital and is strategically located close to the main road linking the towns of Oshakati, Ongwediva and Ondangwa.
It is believed that the mall will create 1000 direct jobs and 500 indirect jobs. Strategically located, the mall was developed by Tuhumeko Trust and built by Schmidt Property Developer Company, with financing from Standard Bank Namibia.
Hyped as "the first of its kind in the Oshana Region," the mall welcomed its first customers who enjoyed a variety of special offers in more than 45 shops on the ground floor.
The second floor is still under construction and is expected to be ready by next year and will boast an additional 45 shops. As a result, the mall will also be the first shopping mall in the northern regions which will have a top floor equipped with a lift, something only found in bigger cities, such as Windhoek.
The two-storey complex, owned by Amalia and Gerome Schmidt, covers 17 000 square metres and accommodates Standard Bank, Woermann Brock, Samsung, Crazy Store, Spur, Scooter's Pizza, Fish & Chips outlets and the Silver Wolf Spur.
It also houses clothing boutiques, computer service stores, cellphone retailers and many other business outlets.
Explaining how the new mall will become a beacon for employment creation and economic development, Governor Kashuupulwa said the new mall has the advantage of being relatively close to the country's most important region.
Kashuupulwa said the Maroela Mall will not only add value to existing building infrastructure at Ongwediva, but will also contribute to the economic growth of the well-managed town.
Calling on more local business people to invest in the region, the governor boasted that his region has strong purchasing power for business activities compared to other regions.
He called on the town councils of Ongwediva, Oshakati and Ondangwa to make available more land to local business people to address the unemployment challenges among the youth.
"With man this is impossible, but with God on your side all things are possible. We should all remember to take time during the hustle and bustle of our busy lives to remember what is important and give thanks to our God," said Gerome Schmidt.
"The construction of this mall is a clear testimony that there is space for growth in Ongwediva," he added.
According to Amalia Schmidt, while Gerome is responsible for the construction of the mall, she is responsible for the administration of the mall.
"We are trying to bring much-needed services closer to our clients, who used to travel to Oshakati and other towns to get what they need," Amalia said.
Those who visited the mall expressed excitement about the new facility and were mostly astonished at the huge investment.