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Namaqualand Development Agency. Namaqua is an arid region, with harsh climatic conditions The closing down of copper mines and the downscaling of diamond mines caused job losses and contributed to poverty. BACKGROUND.

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Namaqualand Development Agency

  • Namaqua is an arid region, with harsh climatic conditions

  • The closing down of copper mines and

  • the downscaling of diamond mines caused job losses and contributed to poverty


The Namakwa District stretches from Alexanderbay in the northwest to Sutherland and Fraserburg in the south and southeast. It is shares its borders with Namibia and the Atlantic Ocean.


A population of approximately 110 000 people

An average density of roughly two persons per square kilometer

Afrikaans is the language of choice (English, Nama and Xhosa are spoken to a lesser extent)

Demographic profile

Namda was officially launched on the 22nd October 2004 by the Premier of the Northern Cape Province (Ms E. D. Peters)

Launching of Namda

The Namaqualand Diamond Fund Trust (NDFT) donated R1Om to the Namaqualand Development Agency (NAMDA).

The cheque was handed over during the launching function of 22 October 2004

Donation from NDFT

NDFT Board of Trustees, Mrs P. Williams and

Mr Boeboe van Wyk

The donation had been handed over to NAMDA by the Chairperson of the NDFT (Mr M. van Zyl).

It was received by the chairperson of NAMDA (Mr J. Cardinal). See next slide

Donation from NDFT

Handing over of cheque (Mr M. van Zyl to Mr J. Cardinal)

Ensure a sustainable economy for the Namaqua region

Co-ordinate economic activities and

To ensure that PDI businessess actively participate in the economic mainstream of the Namakwa District


  • to develop the Namaqua region economically

  • to promote sustainable development and capacity building of PDI entrepreneurs

  • to co-ordinate the co-operation of economical initiatives

  • to form partnerships between the private sector and the public sector


Mr J. Cardinal - Chairperson (Alexkor rep) deceased

Mr B. Vass - Vice chairperson (Youth Commission)(Resigned)

Mr J. Losper - (Alexkor rep)

Ms B. Vries - (Alexkor rep)

Ms A. Witbooi - (NGO rep)(Not resigned)

Board of Trustees

Ms. A. Delie - (Namakwa DM)

Ms. B. Links - (NDFT)

Mr. L. H. van Rooi - (Namakwa DM)

Mr. G. Maarman - (Alexkor rep)

Mr. G. De Wet - (NDFT) deceased

Board of Trustees

NAMDA Board of Trustees and Mr M. van Zyl

Chief Executive OfficerMr J S Strauss

Chief Financial ManagerMr H W Raymond

Head: AdministrationMrs E S Hayes

Financial OfficerMr E E Wilson

Administration OfficerMs M K Magerman

ReceptionMs A G Louw

Office AssistantMs P W Martinus

InternMr F. Van den Heever

Staff (The staff had been retrenched in April 2010)

Calvinia Internet Café 91 000,00

Groenkloof Pleasure Resort 250 000,00

Sugar Daddy (Music Band) 109 390,95

Marvir Chicken Farms 50 000,00

Nakanas Diamonds 12 680,00

Masibambasani Crushers 248 798,13

NTP Manufacturers CC 76 192,00

Sandveld Holdings 25 000,00

Loans to businesses

Loans to businesses

JRB Upholsters CC 79 200,00

Namaqua Press 80 000,00

!Homiai Game Shop & Party land 150 000,00

MelkbosrandLandbouKoöperasie 100 000,00

Distinctive Choice 92 857,92

One Way Shopping Complex 200 000,00

Namaqua Security 25 000,00

New Generation Development 200 000,00

Namaqua Health & Fitness Club 200 000,00

Loans to businesses

SZDD Engineering Services CC 195 000,00

Namaqua Style and Auto 50 000,00

Kuboes Distributors 89 319,20

Sibantu Cash /Nollothville Who) 150 000,00

Witbank (Nam) 70 000,00

Riaan’s Motor Repairs & GearboxC 166 462,35

Nama Desert 150 000,00

Gibel Transport 60 000,00

XYZ 150 000,00

Rembed 150 000,00

Loans to businesses

Arno’s 34 748,97

P.E. De Wet VervoerDienste 85 000,00

Mayenzeke Magic Service

and Service Foundation 100 000,00

Sutherland Tyre & Fitment Centre185 000,00

Fashion and Variety(klaarbetaal) 35 000,00

Techno Shop 10 000,00

EAJ Entertainment 70 470,45

Top Spares 150 000,00


Retrenchment of staff

The full staff had been retrenched in April 2010 due to the following:

The vast majority of loaners could not repay loans

Promised funding from the province for Small Mining development did not arrive

The senior staff received reduced salaries and some benefits were not paid anymore like full transport allowances, no food and accommodation allowances

Retrenchment of staff

The sitting allowances of Trustees were reduced and most of the time not paid

Appointment as Service Provider for the Tourism Hub were not honoured

The above resulted in a situation where salaries could not be paid anymore and the staff had been retrenched at the end of April 2010

Thank you

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