Namibian-German Special Initiative

for community-driven development in specific regions

Hai//om camping site now open to visitors

Outjo, Campsite

by Deon Schlechter, New Era, 12/04/2016


The Namibian German Special Initiative Programme (NGSIP) is geared to responding to community demand and as such, it has proven highly effective since its inception in 2007.

The programme strives to successfully implement infrastructure, transfer productive assets to the needy and enhance socio-cultural and historical appreciation of some of the most disadvantaged communities in the country. One such an example is the tented campsite recently completed under the programme at the cost of some N$2.3 million in the Hai//om San Traditional Authority of Outjo Constituency.

The campsite, with six immaculate camping spots, ablution blocks, as well as braai and washing facilities, is situated some 110 km south of the Okaukuejo gate of Etosha National Park-ideally located to serve as an overnight camp for tourists and visitors to the area. Gerson Immanuel and Marina Thamises of the -project coordinating committee say the site has now been completed and will soon throw its doors open to travellers and members of the local community who want to experience an unforgettable camping weekend - with all the luxuries - in the African bush.

All six camping spots have been equipped with luxury tents that can accommodate between six and eight people. Each spot has its own braai area and wash facilities, as well as ablution block.

Programme manager Matthew Goagoseb says the NGSIP budgeted more than N$ 70 million for the category of multi-purpose cultural centres, commercial centres and housing projects, which the campsite fits into. The campsite is the property of the San community. The programme's modus operandi is that project proposals presented by beneficiary communities - such' as the campsite - are planned in detail and are managed by the beneficiaries, together with local technical consultants, whose services are procured through open tenders. ''The primary beneficiaries of the NGSIP are selected rural communities in 24 constituencies in the Erongo, Omaheke, Otjozondupa, Karas, Khomas, Kunene and Hardap regions. ''The NGSIP is intended to benefit all Namibians in these areas and is thus meant to actively support government's policy on national reconciliation and to contribute to poverty reduction and economic development," he noted. He says the small-scale projects being financed aim to improve living conditions and the standard of living in these areas and tend to pursue economic, social and cultural goals.

The NGSIP was designed and implemented by the National Planning Commission (NPC), as the implementing agency responsible for its management. He expressed his satisfaction with the newly completed camping site, saying it serves as an example of the community-driven approach and methods of the NGSIP, whereby projects are defined and owned by communities.

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