Town Transformation

In the life-cycle of towns an event, or the absence thereof, can cause a threat to the future sustainability of the town.

In the case of mining towns, especially mine-managed towns such as Oranjemund, business activities can create a critical reliance between the mine and a town or its community.

Critical reliance means that when the mine materially closes, the community’s social and socio-economic structures, and in particularly its economic livelihood, are at risk of collapse, which challenges the town’s reason for existence post mining.

Town Transformation is therefore a specialised programme, directed by one or several town stakeholders, targeted at severing this critical dependency in a responsible manner to ensure a stable, sustainable town post mine closure, albeit at different levels of socio-economic or economic activity.

The main objective is specifically to diversify the town’s economy alongside a single, reliant industry before a sudden shock occurs. Such transformations take on average 15 years to achieve.


Oranjemund Transform

A Town Transformation programme was launched in Oranjemund in 2014 between the local mine, the town council and the community.

A vision for a future sustainable town by 2030 was co-created amongst all affected parties, including the community. The objectives of the programme are threefold:

  • Transfer town management from the mine to the town’s council and privatise property ownership
  • Transition socio-economic services such as education and healthcare into a normalised state
  • Transform the economy by diversifying its composition through new industries and SME development

News & Announcements

Through our news and announcements, we hope to keep you engaged yet inspired as we share Oranjemunds transform journey with you.


Ambrosius Amutenya Primary School’s (AAPS) Agriculture school project under the name Project Pamwe (“together” in Herero) is back and breaking...
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OMDis shining a new light on Oranjemund’s Tourism

The iconic National Geographic yellow frame can be found at the edge of our picturesque Orange River mouth.
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OMDis supports Futree Community Garden

Situated on the northern edge of Oranjemund, Frutee Community Garden Project, is an exemplary community project that plays an important...
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Oranjemund’s agriculture project thrives

OMDis Town Transform Agency “OMDis” was established in August of 2019 as an S21 Company by NAMDEB Diamond Corporation with...
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Oranjemund’s museum, Jasper House, gets a revamp.

A town like Oranjemund, situated in the renowned Sperrgebiet and with all its rich history and secluded ambiance, has an...
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Pitching for recovery with SMEs Compete and OMDis

The Pitching for Recovery (P4R) programme is conceptualized by SMEs Compete and enabled by the support of GIZ. It is...
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