29 May 2013 11:30
OMATJETE, 29 MAY (NAMPA) - The Zeraeua Traditional Authority embarked on a clean-up campaign last Saturday, to make the settlement of Omatjete more attractive for investment.
The settlement is situated some 54 kilometres northwest of Omaruru in the Erongo Region, and the cleaning campaign was conducted with the assistance of community members.
Speaking to Nampa during the cleaning operation, Chief Manasse Zeraeua of the Zeraeua Traditional Authority explained that the community found it necessary to launch the cleaning operation because the village has become terribly dirty.
?A clean area will attract foreign investors. If visitors see a clean place, that is the image which they take back to their countries of origin. An untidy place gives a very wrong impression of a country and her people,? he said.
He indicated that the settlement is the centre of activity in the Otjihorongo (Omatjete) communal area, and the hub for most economic activities in that area.
The gravel road which passes through the settlement is frequented tourists and foreign visitors.
?Omatjete is the gateway to the coast, using the road to the West and also to the northern parts of Namibia. As community leaders of our traditional authority, we found it necessary to clean this place,? Zeraeua said.
He added that an information centre is currently being set up, a few kilometres outside Omatjete, and the area around that centre must be cleaned and kept tidy to give a good impression of the Omatjete communal area.
The chief further mentioned that this clean-up campaign is only the start of the tidying-up process, which will be extended to other nearby villages.
?Depending on the time schedule, this cleaning campaign will be extended early next month or towards the end of this year. This will not be a once-off exercise,? Zereaua noted.