//Karas community eager for Neckartal project to start

18 Sep 2013 02:10
KEETMANSHOOP, 18 SEP (NAMPA) – Keetmanshoop residents in the //Karas Region are all set for the commencement of construction work on the Neckartal Dam project, which is expected to create various job opportunities and economically empower the region’s inhabitants.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the project is set to take place here on Friday.
Community activist Ernst Jash, who has been vocal about the project since 2010 when he called on Government to speed up the process and ensure that it provides employment for the people of the //Karas Region, told Nampa on Wednesday that the community is thankful that the project will finally commence.
“We, the community, thank Government and specifically our governor Bernardus Swartbooi for the effort they put in to ensure that the project commences.
All we want now is for our people to get the first opportunities when it comes to employment,” he noted.
Jash then gave his assurance that the community will not do anything to delay the progress of the project, and said the main contractor, Salini Costruttori S.p.A, should come forth with their requirements in the way of employees and sub-contractors needed.
“If they approach us through the office of the governor, we will be able to recommend qualified sub-contractors and other skilled personnel.
The Directorate of Agriculture here also has a database of people who can be recommended for employment,” he noted.
He further warned locals who might be lucky enough to be employed on the project to ensure that they are committed, and that they do not neglect their jobs because when they lose such an employment opportunity, there will be someone else to take advantage of it.
The N.dollars 2,8 billion dam, to be built close to the Fish River in the Berseba Constituency’s Snyfontein area near Keetmanshoop, is expected to be the biggest in the country.
It will collect water from the Fish River for Green Scheme projects, which will result in increased employment opportunities and food sustainability for people of the region and the country at large.
Over 12 000 permanent jobs are expected to be created when the Neckartal Dam project kicks off.