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New fence to keep Oshapapa Combined secure against vandals

New fence to keep Oshapapa Combined secure against vandals

Johannes Nekongo (left in blue shirt), Sanlam’s Branch Manager in Ondangwa had reason to smile when he presented the Principal of Oshapapa Combined School, Mr Asser Petrus with all the material needed to renovate the school’s entire fence. The donation was celebrated during a ceremony held in the school yard, attended by teachers and learners.

The school’s fence has fallen in disrepair following the very wet rainy season. Located in Onathinge near Ondangwa, the school master approached Sanlam requesting assistance to renovate the fence. The existing fence had deteriorated to such an extent that the school became vulnerable to vandalism. Sanlam agreed and purchased all the material required on behalf of the school.

Speaking at the ceremony where the school’s staff and learners received the fencing material, Nekongo emphasised Sanlam’s commitment to support the government to educate the Namibian child, saying “As Sanlam we understand that the government can not do everything on their own and this is where we as stakeholders in education come in to lend a helping hand.”

Reflecting on the current economic distress, Nekongo said the current situation is hard and everyone including schools are feeling the pinch “but we must still try to assist when and where we can. A little bit goes a long way.”

Headmaster Petrus thanked the insurer for its generous contribution and assistance. “We are very happy to receive the equipment. [We will do] the work to fence off the school as quickly as possible to avoid the equipment standing idle at the school,” he said.



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Mandisa Rasmeni

Mandisa Rasmeni has worked as reporter at the Economist for the past five years, first on the entertainment beat but now focussing more on community, social and health reporting. She is a born writer and she believes education is the greatest equalizer. She received her degree in Journalism at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) in June 2021. . She is the epitome of perseverance, having started as the newspaper's receptionist in 2013.

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