By Berio Mbala
Construction of the proposed multi-million dollar Zambezi Waterfront project is underway on the banks of the Zambezi River. The Waterfront project could unlock the Caprivi Region’s massive tourism potential and kick-start its moribund economy.
The project, a joint venture between the Government and the private sector, is intended to uplift the socio-economic development of the people of the Caprivi.
According to the Public Relations Officer of the Zambezi Waterfront, Joseph Simataa, the Zambezi Waterfront held an official ceremony to hand the site over to the Endelela Bona Joint Venture Consultancy to pave the way for the implementation of phase one of the project.
Phase one comprises three activities – clearing (de-bushing) of the Waterfront site which started on January 4, 2007 and is already completed; the second is bulk earthworks and the third will be servicing of the site.
Simataa said the bulk earthworks started on Thursday, March 8, 2007 and is being done by Namib Beton, a Windhoek-based civil engineering contractor who was awarded the tender for Bulk Earthworks, stated an upbeat Simataa.
Bulk earthworks include preparation of the waterfront site, whereby low-lying areas will be filled up in order to block off flood waters which normally affect the site, he said.
Floods have been a threat to Bulk Earthworks, but prompt precautionary measures were put in place to prevent this natural disaster. The earthworks are expected to be completed in 120 days, after which servicing will start in June, according to Simataa.
Servicing of the site will include laying down of a water network, sewerage network, installation of power lines and telephone lines and construction of roads, said Simataa.
Servicing of the Waterfront sitehe said, is expected to be completed in October this year.
Simataa noted that after the construction, various components will start right away, and the waterfront project itself is expected to be completed in 2009.
He said the Waterfront project is to be constructed on the banks of the Zambezi River, on a 21,6-hectare piece of land.
Infrastructure to be developed will be as follows:
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