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Namibian German projects uplift Khorixas community

Namibian German projects uplift Khorixas community

The community in Khorixas recently benefited from various renovations and upgrades to infrastructure which was done through the Namibian German Special Initiative Programme (NGSIP).

Under the N$2.4 million project, the Cornelius Goreseb High School was renovated, an Internet Café was installed, the Traditional Authority offices were furnished, a Festival Centre was constructed for the community and the town’s existing sport facilities were upgraded.

Traditional Authorities office furniture and fit out, Festival Centre and sports facility upgrade

≠Aodaman Traditional Authority Chief, Petrus Ukongo on the developments said, “The work done by the NGSIP during this course enhanced the livelihood of mostly the youth and improved sustainable livelihoods of the community.”

“They have so little, but they always want to say thank you somehow, which really makes you appreciate what you have in Khorixas,” he added.

The Chief confirmed that as a result of the upgrades, the town has introduced computer classes at the Internet Café which is now a very popular place for the youth to do their research after school. He said that since the opening of the centre, many children at the town prefer to frequent it to either read or do research online.

Before the centre was opened, the children only frequented one of the many alcohol outlets in this former capital of the Kunene region.

“There is a huge demand for a internet café especially among the tourist who frequent our town or pass through to other tourist sides,” he said.

On the Festival Centre site at the outskirts of the town, Ukongo, said, “Khorixas is our home. It is a vibrant and dynamic town. Thanks to the NGSIP this cultural development will be the catalyst for further ground-breaking development which will increase the town’s attractiveness as a destination for employment and tourism. The Festival Centre will become a cultural hub, not only for the people of Khorixas and, but for visitors from across Namibia and overseas.”

#Aodaman Traditional Authority, Matheus Hoeseb said, “From the moment they arrived in Khorixas, NGSIP has made a major contribution to the life of the town and its communities and we hope that other businesses and organisations will emulate their example.”

“The project also shows the strength of the local authority’s vision and investment in using education, tourism and culture as a spearhead for this redevelopment of the town of Khorixas,” he added.

The Internet Café Manager, Fritz Nanab, said, “NGSIP’s investment in Khorixas new internet café, festival side, support to the traditional authorities is very welcome and an excellent example of how private/public partnerships can really make a difference in the regeneration of the town.”

According to Nanab, the new hub will help Khorixas increase its appeal as a place to experience great art and culture as well as lead to extra visitors and expenditure in the area.

Currently the new internet café is housed within the complex of the TA in the middle of the location. The programme availed N$1, 872,070 for the fit out and installation of computers.

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