WINDHOEK, JUNE 5 – Phase 4 of Namibia’s oldest mall, Wernhil Park, was officially launched by President Hage Geingob on Tuesday evening, with the expansion raising the total number of shops in the mall to 130.
With an area of over 55 000m² of prime retail space, Wernhil Park’s inviting atmosphere is symbolic of a Namibian experience, while shopping convenience has significantly been enhanced by the addition of more parking and food offerings; a second public transport facility as well as a fully-fledged medical facility and overall easier pedestrian access into the mall from particularly the southern part of the center.
During the construction of the Phase 4 project, some 1100 job opportunities were created on-site at the mall that was opened back in 1990, coinciding with Namibia’s independence.
“With a total investment of just over half-a-billion Namibian Dollars in Phase 4 of Wernhil Park, O&L has once again proven its commitment and dedication to creating a sustainable Namibian economy and a dignified future for its people,” said Geingob.
Broll Namibia Managing Director, Marco Wenk said the mall is also environmentally friendly.
“From an environmental point of view and in line with one of our vision metrics which is to reduce our carbon footprint, I am happy to state that significant focus was placed on ensuring our power and water consumption is kept to a minimum.”
O&L Executive Chairperson, Sven Thieme added that “The opening of Wernhil’s fourth extension today is demonstrative of how we can create opportunity by being bold and purposeful. We are so excited to provide our valued customers a world-class retail/shopping experience that gives them choice and convenience. And, we remain committed to keeping the CBD alive by igniting the pulse of the City.”
Dr. Geingob further stressed the importance of the contributions of all stakeholders in the success of this project.
“Developments such as the one we are celebrating today, needed the commitment from relevant role-players, not only within the O&L Group, but on a larger scale inclusive of government support, local authorities, the construction sector, and the Namibian public at large. And I don’t believe we would have stood here today and witnessed this beautiful result, had the necessary commitment not been in place and executed. WELL DONE, O&L GROUP! WELL DONE, NAMIBIA!”
According to Thieme, O&L has invested in more than N$1 billion in capital projects this year alone, “ranging from Hangana’s N$300 million investment in the expansion of its processing facility; upgrades to our leisure portfolio to the tune of N$140 million; and of course, the Wernhil Park’s Phase 4 development among others.”