Refurbished building brings joy for Usakos

A community hall has been given a facelift and a new lease on life, much to the appreciation of residents.

11 August 2019 | Society

Dr. Martha Uumati; EME Managing director; “We will fail our less privileged communities and as a nation if we take a backseat and expect government to do everything.”

Erongo Marine Enterprises (EME) facilitated the refurbishment of the Usakos community hall.

Mayor Shuudeni Mwafangeyo received the keys from EME managing director Dr. Martha Uumati. The Avanage Group were the contractors.

The company renovated the Hakhaseb Community Hall and carried the cost of the operation to the tune of N$250 000.

The hall was repainted, damaged bathroom facilities were replaced, and electricity supply facilities and lightning were fixed. The kitchen and kiosk facilities were also refurbished, the doors replaced and the walls tiled.

The second phase of the project started this week, which involves fencing the facility and the planting of trees.

Local philanthropist and entrepreneur Irene Simeon-­Kurtz, who hails from Usakos, approached EME for donations to refurbish the dilapidated and vandalised community hall. She pleaded with the community to preserve and look after the hall and infrastructure with great care.

Mwafangeyo said the community hall is a historically important building, ideally located in the heart of Hakhaseb.

He thanked EME for the direct financial support to the total tune of N$50 000 towards the organising and hosting of the annual Usakos Festival held recently.

He also acknowledged the role Simeon-Kurtz and her annual Usakos Festival organising team played in lobbying and securing the needed funding for the project.

Uumati said there is much pleasure in giving and sharing.

“It is always a great pri­vilege to bring happiness to the hearts of these com­munities throughout the country via projects the company undertake. Poverty and lack of development are real in our societies. But we will fail our less privileged communities and as a nation if we take a backseat and expect government to do everything.”

A retired educator and now social activist, Abius Uirab, said the last time the hall was repainted was more than 25 years ago.

“It is well known that activities and events, like weddings, beauty page­ants, parties and meetings, were often held in halls and venues in town about 2 km from Hakhaseb. This was a safety risk for those that had to walk the distance (to and from those venues) through bushes, especially at night, to attend those events. We can now once again host events in the new looking Hakhaseb Community Hall.”

EME is regarded as one of the largest fishing companies in Namibia, specialising in catching and processing horse mackerel. The company established the Arechanab Community Trust to help it achieve its social responsibility objectives as a responsible corporate citizen.

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