30 Aug 2013 08:00
ONGWEDIVA, 30 AUG (NAMPA) - Standard Bank Namibia has sponsored the construction of a second gate for the Ongwediva Trade Fair Centre.
This came to light when the Oshana Regional Governor Clemens Kashuupulwa conducted the groundbreaking for the construction of the N.dollars 2 million gate here on Thursday.
The planned gate will be established along the northern boundary fence of the trade centre, while the current gate is located along the centres southern boundary fence.
Kashuupulwa told the groundbreaking gathering that the construction of the new entrance is one of the major investments which is being ploughed back into the Oshana Region community.
It gives me great pleasure to express my appreciation to Standard Bank Namibia for investing N.dollars 2 million in the entrance gate for the Ongwediva Trade Fair Centre, he said.
According to Kashuupulwa, the new gate also indirectly means a positive facelift for the Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair (OATF), which is held at the centre on an annual basis, as the new entrance will be the first visible structure for people who enter the centre.
The Standard Bank Ongwediva Trade Fair Centre Gate will include enclosed structures for cashiers where people can make their entrance payments, ablution facilities, two lockable steel sliding gates and an overhead roof structure of about five metres high.
The gate will be able to accommodate two vehicles simultaneously, the governor stated.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Standard Bank Namibia, Mpumzi Pupuma also addressed the groundbreaking event and noted that one of advantages of the planned gate will be a paved walkway from the gate all the way to the centres exhibition facilities. In addition, a first of its kind taxi zone area will also be constructed near the gate for the convenience of members of the public.
I am delighted to announce that, as a bank, we are keen to be contributing positively towards the success of the trade fair, as well as towards the development of the town (Ongwediva) and the Oshana Region as a whole, Pupuma narrated.
Standard Bank Namibia is one of the sponsors of the 2013 OATF, which kicked off last Friday and runs until this Saturday.