Arandis, Namibia is a town in Erongo Region, Namibia. It has been called the Uranium Capital of the World as it is located just 15 km outside the world's largest open-pit uranium mine, the Rössing Uranium Mine.
Established for the workers of Rössing Uranium in 1978, Arandis was granted self–administration and "town" status in 1994. Currently[update] it has 7,600 inhabitants, most of whom are somehow connected to the mine, and owns 29 square kilometres (11 sq mi) of land.
It is the home of the Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology, a technical institute focusing on training skilled industrial workers.
The 2000s saw a resurgence in economic growth in Arandis. With the global energy crisis, a significant rise in demand occurred for nuclear energy, increasing demand for Arandis' Uranium. Banks, which had previously closed and youth who had previously left the town seeking employment elsewhere, returned. In 2008, negotiations were at an advanced stage for a Chinese company, Namibia Industrial Mining (NIM) Limited to build a factory for making building materials in Arandis.
After an investment conference was held in 2011, investors have decided to erect a shopping mall in town. Construction of the mall started soon afterwards, the anticipated completion date is May 2013.
- "Table 4.2.2 Urban population by Census years (2001 and 2011)". Namibia 2011 - Population and Housing Census Main Report. Namibia Statistics Agency. p. 39. Retrieved 10 September 2013.
- Hartman, Adam (8 November 2011). "Investment conference promotes Arandis". The Namibian.
- "ELECTIONS 2010: Erongo regional profile". New Era. 16 November 2010.
- Rising Interest in Nuclear Power Brings New Life to Uranium Mining Washington Post, 6 December 2006
- Chinese firm plans Arandis factory The Namibian, 23 July 2008
- de Klerk, Eveline (21 August 2012). "Arandis mall takes shape". New Era.
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