Namibia’s infrastructure boasts a highly developed energy and water network and an advanced post and telecom system that can seamlessly link often isolated centres with each other and the world at large.
NamPower is responsible for the generation, transmission and bulk supply with a grid network linking all major urban centres in the region – only small villages in remote locations and with very small populations are not yet comprehensively served. Due to the diverse nature of the regional economy, bulk supply, off-grid electricity and renewable energy plays an important role in economic growth.
Though always a precious commodity in Namibia, Karas has access to reliable surface water resources, overseen by NamWater, who supply bulk water to local authorities and most settlements. The Naute Dam, the country’s second largest, has a capacity of 83,58 million m² and there is abundant water from the Orange River in the south, supplying large agricultural developments.
Post, telecoms, media & banking
Namibia has one of the most advanced telecom infrastructures in Africa, providing digital/direct dialing facilities for all communications needs, from internet, fax, telex and PABX, to ISDN and video conferencing.
MTC is currently Namibia’s sole cellular service provider, with a network that covers most urban centres and national roadways.
Nampost boasts the largest physical infrastructure network in the country, offering full postal services, savings bank facilities and money transfers, with a new counter automation project.
Media access in Namibia is provided by the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), which provides national TV and Radio coverage in English and in various local languages. DSTV’s satellite network is also available.
Besides Namibia’s central bank, five major commercial banks operate within the region, all with the SWIFT international fund transfer system available.
Retail, industrial & administrative hubs
Keetmanshoop, seat of the Karas Regional Council and agricultural capital of the region boasts a well-developed administrative, financial and commercial sector. Strategically located with good air, rail and road links, it offers many opportunities for retail and service industry development, with highly affordable land, access to essential services and stable, affordable labour. Retail opportunities include the potential for a high-visibility one-stop shopping and entertainment centre on the main B2 roadway from Windhoek to Cape Town.
Lüderitz, the region’s blossoming coastal trade hub, also with extensive infrastructural and commercial facilities, offers many business possibilities – from portside processing and manufacturing operations, to tourism and hospitality ventures at the town’s new Waterfront development and surrounds.