KEETMANSHOOP, 15 MAY – The first phase of the University of Namibia (UNAM) Southern Campus (SC)’s new building in Noordhoek at Keetmanshoop is expected to be completed at the end of September this year.
This was said by Gachiku Kamau, the architect and principal agent in the project, during a presentation conducted to brief UNAM Chancellor, Nangolo Mbumba here on Monday.
Kamau, however, said that the project has been plagued by challenges such as lack of finances.
“We are all aware of the economic challenges we face as a country, this is a huge problem as it slows down the construction process,” she said, adding that “hopefully, the building will be completed by end September.”
Mbumba said he was impressed by the progress made and urged those involved in the construction to take it seriously.
“I am very proud and impressed by what you have done in a short period, you have done tremendous work, keep it up,” he said.
The chancellor also congratulated the campus for the increase in students over the past four years and for the impact it has made economically and socially in Keetmanshoop and the //Kharas Region at large.
The UNAM SC was established in 2014 and the UNAM Senate in 2017 approved the transformation of the Department of Geology into the School of Geoscience to start operating at the SC from 2019.
The first phase of the campus will house four lecture halls, four Geoscience laboratories, one classroom, administration offices, a disability access ramp, concourse and students’ lobbies, lecturers’ offices, a boardroom, ablution facilities and study areas.
Construction started in August 2016 and the main contractors are Babyface Civils and China Jiangxi International.