Town Transformation

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.


Oranjemund Transform

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

News & Announcements

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

Joint SME development project kicks off in Oranjemund

OMDis Town Transform Agency, Uconomy Namibia and Nedbank Namibia this week announced a collaboration that will boost the SME development...
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ART CAN TRANSFORM Project kicks off at Ambrosius Amutenya Primary School (AAPS) in Oranjemund.

Windhoek based artist Nicky Marais and Oranjemund based artist Aurelia Sieberhagen was contracted by OMDis to coordinate a school mural...
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OMDis open up SMEs Centre on their premises

On Thursday, 19 August 2021, OMDis officially opened up the new SMEs Centre in Oranjemund, located at the OMDis Offices...
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Benches donated and installed at the East Gate Courtyard

Three wooden picnic benches have been built by a local carpenter as part of the support local businesses initiative. East...
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Property Development project kicks off in Oranjemund

On the 10th of August a team of town planners, architects and engineers from the AIJ consortium had an inception...
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Agricultural Project Pamwe doing big things

Mara Beukes, the principal of Ambrosius Amutenya Primary School in Oranjemund, says their school prides itself on its school garden....
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