14 Dec 2017 16:30pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 14 DEC (NAMPA) The Office of the //Kharas Governor in partnership with Catering & Contracts Management (CCM) on Thursday handed over equipment valued at N.dollars 43 065.18 to beneficiaries of micro-businesses in the region.
The equipment was donated to entities in the Keetmanshoop Rural and Karasburg East constituencies.
The governors office bought the equipment with the N.dollars 50 000 donation it received from CCM for the purpose of supporting small businesses in rural areas.
The equipment include a laptop computer, printer and camera for a young man running a designing project in Koës.
Other items handed over include welding equipment, school chairs and needlework materials for projects in Aroab and Keetmanshoop.
A project in rural Karasburg East received a 10 litre water tank and water pipes.
The councillors of the two constituencies, Elias !Kharuxab for Keetmanshoop Rural and Dennis Coetzee for Karasburg East, received the donations on behalf of the beneficiaries from Governor Lucia Basson.
Due to budget cuts, the rural areas were overlooked, but thanks to CCM who came on board as part of their social responsibility, we are now able to give them something, said Basson in her speech.
Basson said her focus was on assisting registered entrepreneurs, but cautioned that those who fail to appropriately utilise the sponsored items, might forfeit them.
I am aware that some beneficiaries of products from the Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development have left the equipment to gather dust. I will take back what is not being worked with, she said.
Basson encouraged especially the youth to be serious and to make use of the opportunities granted to them.
She mentioned that 10 young people were sent to CCM for catering training in 2014 and that some did not perform satisfactorily.
The governor further explained that the remaining funds from the CCM donation would be spent on equipment for the Krönlein Pre-Primary School in Keetmanshoop.
Titus Haihambo, CCM services manager, said despite the financial strain faced by the company, they still felt compelled to meet the government halfway in its developmental endeavours.