Arts flourish in smelter town

Stakeholder and Administrative Affairs Manager at Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb, Isai Nekundi (right) breaking the good news to the Managing Director of the Arts Performance Centre, Lis Hidber.

The arts in Tsumeb got a substantial boost last week when the smelter operator, Dundee Precious Metal Tsumeb presented the local arts centre with a N$30,000 contribution. Going under the name of the Arts Performance Centre, it will use the funds for its upcoming annual talent show scheduled for 17 October 2015.

Artistic education is the operative word at Tsumeb’s Arts Performance Centre. It is a place where children are taught the joys of art through instruction in a wide variety of both visual and performing art forms.
The centre offers tuition in music for such instruments as marimba, string and brass. There is also a strong focus on visual arts.
Presenting the donation, Stakeholder and Administrative Affairs Manager at Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb, Isai Nekundi noted that after five years of running the smelter by its new owners, a substantial change is visible in the Tsumeb community.
“Our legacy is to ensure we have assisted the residents in making Tsumeb community a better place than before and attain a lasting imprint on which further generations can benefit and reflect upon” said Nekundi.
The Managing Director at the Arts Performance Centre, Lis Hidber said “there are a lot of expenses involved in managing a non-profit organisation, because we only depended on sponsorships. Thank you for your contribution. Your support will open new opportunities for young people and help to enhance their music and art skills.”
Furthermore Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb has been supportive to various initiatives and is pleased to keep the support for the future, according to Nekundi “We are proud to be part of the Tsumeb community and we will invest in the community, we are going to travel this journey together and we are here to help” he stated.
Children from diverse backgrounds gather at the centre in the afternoons to participate and rehearse various activities. The young artists are invited often to perform at social events.