Brick-making project for the vulnerable opens in Kunene

22 Dec 2014 11:40am
OPUWO, 22 DEC (NAMPA) – Deputy Prime Minister, Marco Hausiku officially launched the Okangwati Brick-Making joint venture at the Otjandjasemo village on Wednesday.
The brick-making project was established in June this year to produce bricks for the construction of schools, houses, clinics and other structures at different settlements of vulnerable people in the Kunene Region.
Speaking at the event, Hausiku told the 10 community members who had been employed at the project to take their jobs serious, and commit themselves to the work.
The 10 workers are from the four settlements of Otjikojo, Otjomuru, Ohaiua and Otjandjasemo. They will be paid by the San Special Programme run by the Office of the Prime Minister.
Some of these marginalised communities of Ovatwe, Ovatjimba and San had been living in the mountains until their discovery some eight years ago.
“This is now a commercial entity of the San Special Programme in Kunene, where every person who would need bricks can come and buy these super bricks. The San Special Project will also buy bricks from here for all its structures that would be constructed at the different settlements,” noted Hausiku.
Since June this year, the brick-making project had made and sold 34 000 bricks at N.dollars 3 per brick.
According to Hausiku, the aim of the San Special Programme is to save lives through transformation, create knowledge and a skills-based society, educate and alleviate poverty.