14 Feb 2018 14:40pm
SWAKOPMUND, 14 FEB (NAMPA) The brick-making academy started by Ohorongo Cement and Build It last year has so far trained 132 unemployed and low income citizens.
It aims to empower people across all 14 regions by transferring brick-making skills which will translate into better housing, job creation and economic empowerment.
Speaking to Nampa at the Erongo Region training held in Swakopmund on Wednesday, Ohorongos Marketing Manager Carina Sowden said the 132 participants were from the Erongo, Omusati, Oshana, Oshikoto, Otjozondjupa and Khomas regions.
This is not about money, it is about the transfer of knowledge. Our dream is to have a qualified brick-maker in every village. The brick-makers will train others and the numbers will increase across the country, said Sowden.
Training will take place in Kavango West and East, as well as Zambezi, over the next three months. The companies plan to complete training in the rest of the regions by July this year.
Sixteen participants benefited from the Erongo training.
Speaking at the event, Regional Governor Cleophas Mutjavikua encouraged the participants to use the knowledge to create employment and earn an income.
Mutjavikua said they have two brick-making machines donated by the Turkish Embassy and the participants are welcome to use the machines.
The machines are idling, we want them to be utilised so please use them to empower yourself and make a change, he said.
He further said they can use their skills to reduce costs when building their own houses.
We can easily cut costs and reduce the housing deficit in the region and country, he said.
Participant Piet Hoaeb from Spitzkoppe said he has amongst others learned what quantities of sand, water and cement to use to produce good quality bricks.
I will start making quality bricks next week already. I am also going to start training people in my area so that most of us can obtain good skills, said Hoaeb.
Build It committed itself to buying the bricks made by the trainees provided they meet the required standard.