OPUWO: Namibia East China Non-Ferrous Investment’s General Manager Ming Li says an estimated 10,000 jobs would be created through the iron ore mining process at its recently discovered deposit in the Kunene Region.
Ming told Nampa in an interview at the weekend that his company is planning to build an industrial town which will process the iron ore into finished ready-for-use products of all types.
The processing will take place in the Kunene Region, at a place that is yet to be identified.
Ming said the company has reported to the Chinese Government about the discovery, and a three-phase plan has already been proposed to lead to the eventual mining and processing of the iron ore in the Kunene Region.
The first phase, which will precede the actual mining process, would involve the construction of an industrial town on a piece of land that is at least 1,000 hectares in size.
He said their estimates are that to put up the industrial town and start with the mining activities would cost them about US.dollars 3 to US.dollars 5 billion, and it would take up to four years to complete the construction and start being operational.
Hundreds of Outjo residents, mainly from the informal settlements, staged a demonstration here yesterday demanding for the electrification of their houses and shacks.
The unhappy residents came specifically from Herero location, Build Together, Camp Five and Camp Four in the Etoshapoort township of Outjo.
Group spokesperson, Leon /Aib handed over a signed petition to the Technical Area Manager of the Central Northern Regional Electricity Distributor (CENORED), Emil Kuhanga on Tuesday, detailing their grievances and demands.
In the petition, residents complained that they have waited for too long for their houses and shacks to be electrified by CENORED.
The petitioning residents said the education of their children is being compromised as a result of this lack of electricity in their houses, because their children cannot even study at home after school hours.