Blankets for Snyfontein elders from Neckartal Dam

11 Aug 2016 14:00pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 11 AUG (NAMPA) – Engineering company Knight Piésold Consulting and Italian construction company Salini Namibia donated 80 blankets worth N.dollars 20 000 to elderly and disabled people at Snyfontein last week.
Salini Namibia is presently contracted by Government to build the N.dollars 2.4 billion Neckartal Dam in the Berseba Constituency outside Keetmanshoop. Knight Piésold oversees the project.
Snyfontein is the nearest village to the dam in that constituency and manager of Knight Piésold Dawid Eigub said the companies wish to do something for the community in that area.
“In the near future, we hope to host the elderly people of Snyfontein at the Neckartal Dam so that the community can witness and feel part of this engineered artwork.”
The Neckartal Dam is expected to be the largest in the country with a capacity of about 880 million cubic metres upon completion in May 2017. It is anticipated to be three times the size of the Hardap Dam near Mariental in the Hardap Region.
Eigub said the two companies decided to heed the call of President Hage Geingob, to contribute positively to the lives of the less fortunate.
“We operate in these communities and we decided to provide these blankets as a gesture of care in the prevailing winter season.”
Knight Piésold recently handed over 60 grocery and blanket hampers to pensioners at Gibeon after the completion of a 900-metre tar road in that village.
The Neckartal Dam project by Salini Namibia is notorious for constant labour disputes between management and locally contracted construction workers and subcontracted companies, who have on numerous occasions accused the Italian company of favouring their interests and delaying payments to the locals. There have been a total of three strikes at the site since construction began in 2013.
Traditional leaders at the end of June supported striking workers’ lockdown of the site and called for Government’s intervention.