Rare earth explorers build #Aodaman head office
According to Christofine Claassen, acting Chief of the #Aoadaman Traditional Authority, the initial construction of the building started in 2006 but due to a lack of financial resources and being unsuccessful in soliciting a donor the construction could not be completed.
“The community was suppose to contribute to the construction of the office building on their own but could not manage it. However, we finally found safe haven in Namibia Rare Earths, exploring in the area of our jurisdiction that willingly came to our rescue,” she said.
Phase 1 of the construction which comprised the erection of the steel roof was completed towards the end of 2011 while phase 2 was completed early this year and the office was subsequently completed last month. The building which was handed over to the community on 27 June was constructed at a total cost of N$500,000.
During the handing-over ceremony, Gerry McConnell, CEO of Namibia Rare Earths presented the keys of the new head office to the Aodaman Traditional Authority, as a kind gesture of his company’s social responsibility.
He said that Namibia Rare Earths is extremely impressed by the opportunity rendered to them by the government to explore the resources of Namibia on behalf of the Namibian people. As such, they believe that Namibia Rare Earths should also demonstrate its commitment to the local communities as it has done in West Africa and South Africa, during previous operations in those areas.
Claassen on behalf of the Traditional Authority expressed their gratitude and appreciation and thanked the company for its generous and uncompromising support for the completion of the office building.
“Without their help, our dreams of having a building of our own as an office would never have been realised or would have taken ages to complete. We value their contribution to this end very highly. We also express our thanks to the Khorixas Constituency office, Khorixas Town Council and other respective Traditional Authorities for their contribution towards this end in completing our offices,” she said.
She thanked the community of Khorixas and asked for assistance from the government to provide the Authority with the necessary office furniture as the offices are still empty.
The offices will be used by the #Aodaman Traditional Authority to exercise its customary laws, explore tourism projects and attend to development projects in the region.