Arandis, Namibia
Arandis, Namibia is a town in Erongo Region
Erongo Region
Erongo is one of the 13 regions of Namibia. It comprises the Swakopmund magisterial district up to the Ugab River and includes Walvis Bay, Omaruru and Karibib magisterial districts. This region is named after Erongo mountain, a well known landmark in Namibia and in this area...

, Namibia
Namibia, officially the Republic of Namibia , is a country in southern Africa whose western border is the Atlantic Ocean. It shares land borders with Angola and Zambia to the north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south and east. It gained independence from South Africa on 21 March...

. It is also a crossing loop on the Trans-Namib Railway. It has been called the Uranium
Uranium is a silvery-white metallic chemical element in the actinide series of the periodic table, with atomic number 92. It is assigned the chemical symbol U. A uranium atom has 92 protons and 92 electrons, of which 6 are valence electrons...

 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. it has 7,600 inhabitants, most of whom are somehow connected to the mine, and owns 29 square kilometres (11.2 sq mi) of land.

It is the home of the Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology
Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology
The Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology is a technical institute in Arandis, Namibia. It offers courses in mining, manufacturing and engineering. In 2007, De Beers donated N$2.1 million to open a second, northern campus and in November of that year a campus was opened in Tsumeb.In 2006,...

, a technical institute focusing on training skilled industrial workers.

2000s development

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.


It lies between Swakopmund
Swakopmund is a city on the coast of northwestern Namibia, west of Windhoek, Namibia's capital. It is the capital of the Erongo administrative district. As a seaside resort, the weather is cooler here in December to January so the territorial administration moves to Swakopmund for these months...

 and Usakos
Usakos is a city on the banks of river Khan, 140 kilometres north-east of Swakopmund in the Erongo Region of Namibia. It is located on the B2 , the main road between the Walvis Bay and Johannesburg. The town has 3,000 inhabitants and owns of land...

 stations. Arandis Airport
Arandis Airport
Arandis Airport is an airport serving Arandis, a town in the Erongo Region of Namibia. The airport is about south of the center of Arandis. The town and airport also provide service to the Rössing Uranium Mine, one of the world's largest open-pit uranium mines.- Facilities :The airport resides at...

is also nearby.

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