18 January 2013

Namibia: A Waterfront for Goreangab

Windhoek — Plans to kick-start a N$1 billion waterfront project at the Goreangab Dam in Katutura are well underway, with the signing of a preliminary agreement between the developer and the City of Windhoek this week.

In 2009, Green Building Construction, the company that is responsible for the project, applied to the City of Windhoek to approve the project, under its special projects policy.

In an interview with New Era, Kombadayedu Kapwanga, the director of Green Building Construction said the deposit for the acquired land would soon be made, after which the land will be sub-divided before it is serviced.

The Goreangab waterfront project is expected to take five years to complete, and will include a commercial and residential development component.

"Within the next 18 months, we do not expect to see any physical developments," said Kapwanga. In the next 18 months, he added, most of the work will comprise mainly of concept design and other technical aspects of the project.

"By the time the approval is done the tendering process would also be over," he said. He said affordable housing would be one of the spin-off benefits of the project. "We conducted a demographic study of the area to see how many people needed housing," he said.

"We will not build cheap houses," Kapwanga said. Furthermore, he said people in Katutura would not have to travel to the Central Business District or Maerua Mall for shopping, since there would be a shopping mall to cater for their needs. "Many people can foot (to Goreangab) to do their shopping," remarked Kapwanga.

"In Windhoek, we don't really have recreational areas," he said, explaining that the area surrounding the dam would be turned into a waterfront, which would serve as a spectacular destination with top-class recreational activities.

He says temporary jobs would be created during the construction of the project.

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