Businesspeople continue to support Etunda clinic, school

24 Jan 2016 13:10pm
OTAVI, 24 JAN (NAMPA) – More donations of money and building materials have been made by businesspeople and private individuals towards the completion of a clinic and primary school at Farm Etunda.
Farm Etunda belongs to founding President Dr Sam Nujoma, and is situated approximately 30 kilometres south of Otavi in the Otjozondjupa Region.
On Saturday, two Namibian-owned companies in steel work and roofing handed over money and announced their donation of zinc roof sheets to the projects.
Many other Namibian and foreign companies have donated money and building materials and have pledged equipment to the Etunda clinic and primary school.
The actual building on the two projects commenced in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
The sales manager of Okavu Roofing and Manufacturing, Festus Nuunyango on Saturday announced his company’s donation of over 800 square metres of zinc sheets, which have already been handed over and used for the roof of the nearly completed clinic at the farm.
Another businessman, chief executive officer (CEO) of Niingo Steel and Carpentry based in Tsumeb, Melkisedek Iileka donated N.dollars 50 000 for the completion of the two projects.
Speaking here on Saturday, the two businessmen stated that Nujoma’s vision to construct a clinic and primary school needs to be supported as the majority of the beneficiaries will be the children of farmworkers in the area.
On his part, Nujoma said as soon as the clinic and school buildings are completed, he will donate it to the line ministries.
He said the clinic will be donated to the Ministry of Health and Social Services to provide medical services to the general public, while the school building will be handed over to the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture.
The former President said the construction work on the clinic, primary school building and accommodation facilities for teachers, nurses and doctors are in the last stages.
He however did not say when the facilities will be open to the public.
Nujoma furthermore said education is the key to knowledge and power, and that is why he donated a piece of land on his private farm for the facilities to be constructed.
He explained that the school will cater for the children of farm labourers in the area and clinic to provide health services to school children, road accident victims travelling on the B1 main road between Otavi and Otjiwarongo, as well as to members of the general public.
The school will cater for pre-primary to Grade Seven learners.
The donated piece of land is situated 300 metres behind the Etunda Petrol Station alongside the B1 main road.
A well-known local businessman, Ben Hauwanga of BH Construction is the main contractor working on the two projects.