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From left to right, Yvonne Bock, Chairperson of the Gibeon Village Council, Councillor Jeremia Van Neel, Amanda Rooi from the Falkenhorst Community, Councillor Theo Diergaardt and Councillor Jan Janson from Aranos. (Photograph by Lorato Khobetsi)

From left to right, Yvonne Bock, Chairperson of the Gibeon Village Council, Councillor Jeremia Van Neel, Amanda Rooi from the Falkenhorst Community, Councillor Theo Diergaardt and Councillor Jan Janson from Aranos. (Photograph by Lorato Khobetsi)

The Gibeon constituency office through its constituency development fund recently handed over equipment, material and goods worth over N$180,000.00 to micro projects in the Gibeon district. This support was initiated and effected by the Gibeon Councillors.
The 30 beneficiaries are part of groups of people who run various small businesses and project in and near Gibeon.“You see this people standing here in front of you today, but behind these people are other people. Most of the people standing here are representing groups, so we are helping over 100 to 150 people,” said Gibeon Councillor, Jeremia Van Neel.
According to Van Neel, all beneficiaries had to complete a process of application before they were selected for support. The applications are accepted before June every year. “Resources are coming from the government and they are for all Namibians. We didn’t take the equipment from someone and give it to someone else. If you want something follow the correct procedures and you will get help,” he said.
He advised the beneficiaries to use the equipment and material for the intended purposes. “Take your equipment and use it for the intended purpose. We are not police to come to your house and monitor what you do with the equipment. Let us strive for development and let us see how we can work together,” he said.

Also speaking at the handover ceremony, Hon Theo Diergaardt, Deputy Minister of Lands and Resettlement who also serves as a councillor of Rehoboth West thanked the government for establishing this programme through the Ministry of Regional, Local Government and Housing to assist communities to come up with various micro projects that qualify for support.
“It is testimony that the government has the interest of the people at heart and we, the councillors, have the duty to inform you [that you can] benefit from these programmes. This occasion is proof that your councillor is doing his part in this process,” he said.

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