The razed Nomtsoub community open market in Tsumeb is set for a major reconstruction and rehabilitation following a donation of two tonnes of cement from Ohorongo Cement. The reconstruction will be done by the residents of the Nomtsoub community themselves.
Activities at Nomtsoub’s community market came to a standstill after a fire destroyed most of the structures in February this year. The donation of 40 x 50kg bags of cement will enable the community members to rebuild their stalls and start to sell their goods again to sustain their families.
The fire completely destroyed the open market. The cause of the fire has not been determined to date but the destruction of its market left the community without a trading place.
Tsumeb Councillor Lebbius Tobias received the donation on behalf of the Nomtsoub and Omatara Open Market entrepreneurs. He appealed to the private sector and other businesses to follow suit by opening their hearts and wallets to assist with the needs within their community.
“Ohorongo immediately responded positively to our request and was one of the first companies who committed to provide their support through sponsorship,” said Tobias.
The Chairperson of the Omatara Market, Thomas Simon thanked Ohorongo Cement on behalf of the recipients of the donation saying“We could not do business and we are left without an income. Some of us have lost everything we owned.”
“It is a great privilege for Ohorongo to be able to assist the community in need. Some of our employees are from Tsumeb and resides in Tsumeb. Thus we fully support this initiative to rebuild the market and we are thankful for being afforded the opportunity,” said Rudolf Coetzee, General Administration Manager of Ohorongo.