In March 2021, as I launched Namibia’s Second Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPPII), I reflected on the need to emphasize the importance of multilateralism in our efforts to foster an enduring economic recovery.
“This is so that we can stay ahead and can say ‘water is not a problem, we will give you water when you want to invest here’, instead of ‘when you come, we promise to give you water’. Investors do not react on promises, they react to factual situations.
That is why we say the desalination plant is no longer a contention, it is a reality. We will build it,” he said during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kuiseb collector 2– Schwarzekuppe–Swakopmund-pipeline near Walvis Bay on Saturday.T
The plant will be the country’s second to convert seawater to freshwater after the N$3-billion Orano desalination plant at Wlotzkasbaken, constructed for the French uranium mining company Areva and commissioned a decade ago.
Speaking to the Namibia Economist, AR founder Dr Job Amupanda said they plan on expanding the capacity of the plant which is situated 35km north of Swakopmund and work on bringing water to Central Namibia, particularly to Windhoek.
Mbako has been with the company for 10 years, and his new position will enable him to focus on more visionary and external aspects of the business. He continues to serve the Chamber of Mines as first vice president and the Namibia Uranium Association as a trustee and past president.
Originally built by Orano (then Areva Resources Namibia) to supply water to its Trekkopje Mine near Arandis, the desalination plant is now an important contributor to the overall supply of the potable water delivery system managed by Namwater.