Namibian-German Special Initiative

for community-driven development in specific regions

Four community driven projects handed over in Omaheke Region

Omaheke3At a combined cost of N$34,022,685 funded by the German Government community driven projects were recently completed and handed-over in Corridor 17 and 13 in the Aminuis Constituency, Okorukambe constituency and Witvlei of Omaheke Region. These projects were implemented through the Namibia-German Special Initiative (NGSIP), aimed at improving the living conditions of communities that suffered during the German colonial period. These projects include the construction of a N$9,887,001 new school at Corridor 17, renovation of a hostel, kitchen, dining hall and building new class rooms, library and kindergarten at Motsomi Primary School at a cost of N$10,859,684, built hostels, classrooms, Admin block within the budget of N$9,265,883 for the Otjivero Primary school in Omitara and the construction of an N$4,010,117 Multi-Purpose Youth Centre at Witvlei.

Attending the handing over events at different locations in the Regions, the Deputy Minister Ministry of Economic Planning and National Planning Commission, Lucia Iipumbu shed light on the new vision of her Ministry and development objectives of the Government. Iipumbu expressed her deep appreciation for the German grant. She mentioned Germany had placed great importance on education, especially among the San community. She announced that in view of completing the outstanding projects under the NGSIP and in anticipation of the closure of the programme in September 2016, the authorities negotiated an increase grant of N$75.79 million Euros (5 million Euros). Since 2006, the German government has provided more than N$300 million in aid for this effort through its German Development Bank (The KfW). According to her during the negotiations in October Germany committed over N$1 billion (71.9 million euros) in developmental aid through their different government and Nongovernmental institutions operating in Namibia.

Deputy Minister Iipumbu: “That the German Government has again made an extra million available for the completion of these projects is appreciated. This is another extension of the programme and it is our hope that all the outstanding projects will be completed by then.” Iipumbu further thanked the Government of Germany for the assistance rendered to date through various projects under NGSIP. “We are grateful to this assistance not only under the NGSIP but to other projects as well,” she added. “The GRN is committed to making sure that such assistance is put to good use in an effort to make a difference in the livelihoods of the community members in this region,” she said.

Omaheke Governor, Hon. Festus Uitele, said he was honored to receive the projects on behalf of community and urged the people to participate in developmental projects. As Uitele put it, "you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink." I therefore would like to make use of this opportunity to invite and encourage the parents of the students from these communities that their children attend school. Uitele warns again vandalism, property damage and graffiti on school property, saying that any damage to property should be repaired without delay. Meanwhile, the Witvlei Village Council welcomed the opening new Multi-Purpose Youth Centre branding it “the best thing to happen to the youth of Witvlei” following the closure of the Abattoir, which employed hundreds.

The handing over was done by the Deputy Minister Ministry of Economic Planning and National Planning Commission, Lucia Iipumbu. Witvlei Village Council Chairperson, Jo-ann Van Wyk: “This type of facility has been put here by the people of Witvlei and they should be congratulated for their hard work in giving the area’s youth a place like this.” It has accommodation facilities, a conference room, and a netball field and kitchen area. The NGSIP programme, valued at a cost of about N.dollars 300 million, started in 2006 with increased funding over the years. The programme aims to improve the lives of communities that had suffered during Germany colonial occupation of Namibia. A rural development project, which led to the identification of more than 200 small and medium-scale projects, was created. These projects are located in 24 constituencies in the Erongo, Hardap, Karas, Khomas, Kunene, Omaheke and Otjozondjupa regions. The programme includes borehole rehabilitation projects, building of cultural centres, and the distribution of goats to previously disadvantaged communities.