ARANDIS, 18 SEP – The Arandis Roofing Project on Tuesday announced the completion of roof replacements for 20 houses from asbestos to aluminium-zinc coated steel sheet (Alu-zinc).
The project, which was launched in June this year, is a partnership between the Arandis Town Council and Rössing Uranium Limited, who sponsored over N.dollars 28 million over a five-year period to replace roofs of over 800 houses and schools.
The aim of the project is to have old asbestos roofs of houses and other buildings in the town replaced with Alu-zinc roofing, which is environmentally friendly. Asbestos carry health hazards. When disturbed or somehow eroded, asbestos releases microscopic fibre that can cause fatal illnesses, including lung cancer and lung disease when inhaled.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Rössing Uranium Managing Director, Werner Duvenhage highlighted the company’s involvement to the town’s development.
“We consider it a sound investment that would greatly benefit the town and its residents in years to come,” Duvenhage noted.
Arandis Mayor, Risto Kapenda expressed joy over the fact that Arandis was taking a lead as the first town in Namibia to undertake such a roofing upgrade programme for houses and other buildings.
He also articulated courtesy to the volunteering Zone Leaders within the community, who committed themselves to working as consultants between the home owners and the contractors replacing the roofs.
The old asbestos sheets are cautiously transported to Walvis Bay, where they are carefully destroyed in a secluded area.