As the month of April slowly draws to a close it has become apparent that the N$2 billion Goreangab Waterfront project will once again miss its ground-breaking ceremony date – which was slated for the first quarter of this year – after initially failing to honour the 2016 date.
Bureaucratic processes within government have been fingered as the primary source of delay in the construction of the proposed Goreangab Waterfront project in Windhoek.
This after the project’s proponents refuted claims that financial difficulty from their side was the cause of the delays.
The development has been on the cards for the past six years, sparking questions relating to the feasibility of the venture.
This after the City of Windhoek resolved to approve land that was earmarked for the proposed development – albeit with set conditions – at a special council meeting on July 22, 2014. Following this council meeting the construction of the development was set to commence in 2016, with the date of completion envisaged for some time in 2020.
Responding to prior queries by this writer, Samicor managing director Kombadayedu Kapwanga, who is the project director, laid the blame on the lacklustre approach to business that has become the order of the day in some government offices, further maintaining that if these lethargic tendencies are not kept in check, many developmental initiatives in the country might be derailed.
“I hope that the government will realise that unless something drastically is done to the bureaucratic legal approval procedures in place it will find it hard to address the housing backlog,” he said.
The project was perceived as the development that would change the fortunes of the unemployed masses in Katutura, while breathing fresh air into the decaying nature of the Goreangab dam.
Kapwanga told this writer, in a previous interview, that the project received all approvals from the City of Windhoek as well as from the minister of urban and rural development for the sale of the land. However, following lengthy approval procedures from NamPAB and the Town Board, it was decided that the project should be constructed as a township.
As such, according to Kapwanga, the protracted processes had to be re-started again to ensure that the project met all the procedures in line with the construction of a township.
“As we talk now approvals have been received from NamPAB and the minister for the establishment of a township – Goreangab Extension 5,” Kapwanga maintained, adding that the project is now waiting for the gazetting of the new township, the Town Board’s approval of subdivisions, opening of a township register as well as the approval by the surveyor general’s registrar of deeds.
“The situation is therefore frustrating to us in light of our contribution towards housing provision, employment creation and poverty eradication,” Kapwanga stressed.
The initiative is spearheaded by Green Building Council, which is a subsidiary of Sakawe Mining Corporation (Samicor), with 76 percent ownership by Lev Leviev Group of Companies. The project is expected to create over
4 000 jobs – some permanent and others temporary – over a period of four years. Upon completion, the proposed waterfront will have a total business area of 76 370 square metres. It is also expected to include an upmarket residential suburb with a projected price of N$1.5 million per unit.