Tses now bets on tourism
After being abandoned in 2014, the envisaged Tses Tourist Information Centre and camp site now looks set to become a reality, following financial assistance from the German Federal Government. Earlier this year, the Karas Regional Council submitted a funding request on behalf of the Tses community which resulted in a grant of just over N$1.8 million.
The forelorn Tses community who had high hopes for a proposed glass factory was disappointed when this scheme collapsed but have found new hope in reviving the idea for a Tourist Information Centre. A camp site forms part of the project to attract some of the many tourists who pass close by Tses on the B1 main road between Keetmanshoop and Mariental, without even realising that the town exists. Future plans also include a truck port.
Tses Village Chief Executive Officer, Silas Amulungu said he was happy that the project got off the ground as it will tap into the growing tourism market in the region adding that he hopes the centre would satisfy the hunger for a “real Nama cultural experience” and attract more tourists to the dusty village of Tses.
The proposed centre, which is located close to the main road, is still under construction and upon completion will comprise a Tourist Information Centre, a craft centre, chalets, a museum and a traditional centre resembling a Nama village.
According Amulungu provisions have also been made for an internet café and recreational projects and skills training for the youth.
“This project is different. Visitors and tourist would come here to learn about cultural practices such as Nama dancing and even be given information on medicinal plants,” Amulungu said during a recent visit by the Deputy Minister of Economic Planning and the National Planning Commission, Hon. Lucia Iipumbu.
With all the plans and funding in place for the integrated development of the community, Tses Village Council Chairperson, Hon. Diana Matheys, urged the community members not to let the moment pass them without fully owning the development.
“It is time to step up. I want Tses Town to take up this opportunity and deal with the issues of attracting tourist and potential investors,” she said.