ONDANGWA: The construction of the N.dollars 140 million Gwashamba Shopping Mall is well underway at the northern town of Ondangwa in the Oshana Region.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held here on Thursday to mark the official commencement of construction work on the mall.
Ondangwa Constituency Councillor Kaushiweni Abraham, the Chairperson of the Management Committee of the Ondangwa Town Council Christian Iitope, the Managing Director of Safland Property Group Namibia Kallie van der Merwe and the Group’s Chairperson Ranga Haikali were all present at the groundbreaking ceremony.
The Gwashamba Shopping Mall, which is 11,300 square metres in size, is being developed by the Safland Property Group and it will cater for about 40 shops.
It is situated along Ondangwa’s main road near the offices of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration.
Oshana Regional Governor Clemens Kashuupulwa, in a speech delivered on his behalf by Abraham, said the construction of the Gwashamba Shopping Mall will provide accommodation to companies that are currently struggling to find business spaces at the town.
Also speaking at the occasion, Iitope stated that the shopping centre will change the face of Ondangwa completely.
He described it as an important business development of international standards, in the same league as the Nehale lyaMpinga Railway Station and the Ondangwa airport.
Van der Merwe told people at the groundbreaking ceremony that the shopping mall will contribute some N.dollars 2 billion to the local economy through the payment of taxes and job creation.
He explained that the construction of the Gwashamba Shopping Mall has already created 320 job opportunities for people who are currently working on the site, and it will further create some 500 retail jobs upon completion.
“More than 80 per cent of workers here are local people,” he added.
The construction of the Gwashamba Shopping Mall commenced in May this year and it will be completed towards the end of April next year.