Sunday, 4 January 2015

Namibia: Reho Spa Resort to reopen in 2015

Once popular Reho Spa Recreation Resort will soon be reopened as the Rehoboth Community Trust signed a twelve year lease agreement with the Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR) in December 2014.

Reho Spa's facilities include an indoor thermal bath, bungalows and conference facilities, large swimming pool, a cafeteria and also offers picnic facilities is situated in the town of Rehoboth in the Hardap Region, about 90 kilometres south of Windhoek.

The ownership of Reho Spa is still legally vested with the NWR.

Reho Spa first closed its doors to the public on 1 November 2008. The NWR was left with huge liabilities after the failure of a Public Private Partnership (PPP) in which the NWR, a state-owned company, leased Reho Spa to private investors in 2008.

The deal fell through after the investors of Reho Spa Limited allegedly failed to honour their agreement with the NWR, causing the venture to incur huge water and electricity debts of more than N$1 million owned to the Rehoboth Municipality and the Namibia Water Corporation (NamWater).

Former National Youth Council (NYC) acting Secretary-General, Ralph Blaauw and Polytechnic of Namibia Registrar Corneels Japhta were partners in the company, according to media reports.

Reho Spa then shut its doors again in April 2011. Since the close down, the condition of the once popular community recreational venue has been deteriorating at alarming speed.

The Trust is expecting to spend close to N$10 million in upgrading the Spa.

The first phase of the upgrading work, at a cost of around N$3.5 million, starts in January 2015 and scheduled to end in April 2015. The second phase will commence shortly thereafter and it is budgeted to cost N$6.5 million.