Okahandja mayor welcomes donkey abattoir

16 March 2017 | Business

Okahandja mayor Johannes Hindjou has welcomed a proposal for the establishment of a donkey abattoir at the town.

The proposed abattoir would slaughter donkeys and process the meat. The applicants have promised to create about 100 jobs.

Hindjou told Nampa that Okahandja needed investment to boost the town's economy and create jobs.

The applicants are Chinese business people who had submitted the same application to the Outjo town council earlier this year.

These applications face stiff resistance from citizens on several grounds.

“We support the Chinese company as long as it follows the right procedures then there is nothing wrong with a donkey abattoir in Okahandja,” said Hindjou.

He emphasised that the public should note the municipality had not sold any land for the proposed abattoir.

He said the Chinese business people had applied to set up the abattoir on a plot that had been sold to another company about five years ago.

According to Hindjou, Erf 780 was first registered to a Chinese company called Everlasting Iron Sheet Investment.

The plot is now registered in the name of a company called AgriNature Investment Trade, which wants to establish the donkey abattoir there.

Hindjou said the company had done an environmental impact assessment and the town council had published a notice inviting objections to be lodged within 14 days from Tuesday, 14

March.

The mayor said a few Namibians had shares in the proposed donkey abattoir, but he had no mandate to disclose the shareholders of the company.

NAMPA

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