02 Jun 2013 09:00
LÜDERITZ, 02 JUN (NAMPA) - The Patron of the Lüderitz Annual Crayfish Festival Tim Ekandjo says local businesses should start giving back to their clients and pump money towards the hosting of the festival.
Ekandjo said this during the festival?s official opening on Saturday, and took a swipe at local retailers such as PEP and STYLE, telling them to support the event.
He explained that the festival ultimately benefits local businesses, and they should thus stand up and make their contributions, especially when approached by the organisers.
?The retail chains, hospitality industry, rental companies and others must come to the party. I am embarrassed when I hear that certain big businesses only sponsored the festival with N.dollars 500, while the economic benefits channelled to them far exceeds their shameless contribution,? said Ekandjo.
The patron noted that the youth of this town must take up their rightful places and start showing interest in what goes on in their town, and those who flood the town with drugs should watch out for the police.
?Our parents have worked hard in the fishing factories for many years. It is their wish that their children get a good education and break this cycle of poverty in their families by becoming successful. Most of their dreams are squashed by individuals who want to enrich themselves; this is totally unacceptable,? said Ekandjo.
Furthermore, he encouraged the festival to create more business opportunities and jobs, or it will lose focus.
Karas Regional Governor Bernardus Swartbooi echoed Ekandjo?s call, saying local retailers never come forth when asked to support, and must start doing so.
The 6th Lüderitz Crayfish Festival ended on Saturday. It attracted more than 12 000 people from across the country.
Lack of exhibiting space during the festival this year was a challenge for the town council and businesspeople, as more than 20 exhibitors were turned down.
It is for this reason that the town council and stakeholders promise to find more space, so that the same situation does not repeat itself again next year.