Diversification of a remote, single industry-led town does not happen organically.
OMDis Town Transform Agency (“OMDis”) is a Section 21 Company, or Special Purpose Vehicle. Its sole purpose is to proactively accelerate Town Transformation – the economic diversification of Oranjemund – to ensure the town’s sustainability by 2030 and beyond.
It serves this purpose alongside the efforts of other Town Transformation
stakeholders. OMDis’ focus areas are:
- Support existing businesses to become more sustainable
- Develop new SMEs and a culture of entrepreneurship
- Create new large industry platforms that can support the economy alongside or instead of mining
Governed by a Board, OMDis’ small team of business developers is led by a General Manger. The team’s core activities include: Economic research, industry and business case development, funding and investment facilitation, SME development and business skills and entrepreneurship training.
There is a critical juncture where goals converge with opportunity to achieve the highest ambitions. This is the inspirational moment when vision, competence and passion can combine to set a trajectory for the extraordinary.
To, alongside other accountable town partners, ensure an economically self-sustainable Oranjemund by 2030, irrespective of the future of mining.
Actively and with urgency accelerate Oranjemunds economic development.
Integrity, transparancy, efficiency, passion
What are we working on currently? Well, firstly, we are talking with all the businesses in town to introduce ourselves and understand the economic landscape better. We are engaging with every single Ministry and the regional offices whose mandate intersects with ours, to help carve out opportunities, obtain guidance and hopefully funding for projects. We are partnering with SME Compete to provide business acumen training and registration assistance to existing SMEs and entrepreneurs in Oranjemund. As part of marketing Oranjemund, we have partnered with Tribefire Media in Windhoek to tell the story of Oranjemund, its remarkable people and the transformation activities. And we have already or are in the process of supporting eight (8) existing and new SMEs in town. Of course, not every dream is a viable business reality, but the opportunities and projects are as many as the day is long.
Now, to come back to those things that were provided to Oranjemunders free of charge in the “good old days”. Whilst things continue to change, there is no reason why an entrepreneur could not start delivering food to homes, active citizens can once again emerge as sporting heroes, and producing food locally can once again be a sustainable enterprise for Oranjemund. This, and much more is possible. Citizens and local businesses have the opportunity to build their futures here. And rest assured, OMDis is on this journey with you.
If you have any queries, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or come see us at our offices next to Spar.
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