Why should we transform?
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 imperatives result in a critical reliance being established 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 particularly its economic livelihood are at risk of collapse, challenging the town’s sustainable reason for being 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 socioeconomic or economic activity.
The main objective is specifically to diversify the town’s economy alongside a single, reliant industry before an economic collapse occurs. Such transformations take on average 15 years to achieve.
A Town Transformation programme was launched in Oranjemund in 2014 between Namdeb, 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
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