The Multi-Purpose Centre that was constructed and handed over two years ago at Kamanjab, with the assistance of the Namibian-German Special Initiative Programme (NGSIP), has helped to re-invigorate the town’s economy.
Christabella Mbarandonga, an owner of a successful restaurant at the Centre said before the Multi-Purpose Centre was build tourists would simply drive through the town on their way to either Etosha National Park or the northern regions. “We requested the Germans to assist with funds to build this community Centre and today we are overwhelmed and very happy that we are seeing this come to reality as we are fully operational,” she added.
Mbarandonga who employs two local girls emphasized that the development formed part of an extended mandate to promote a sense of community where people live, work, play and interact. “Today we are very excited for the residents and we look forward to following up with the community to see how this well needed community Centre is assisting them in their efforts,” she said.
Albertina Garises, who also fast food business at the Centre said the Centre is welcomed by most people because it broke the monopoly of the white owned restaurants that have been there for years without any competition.
“At least people and especially locals and visitors have a place where they can now buy cheaper local food before they proceed on their journey, and our children and young adults have a place to meed and enjoy themselves together which is a big win for our young people,” she added.
Kamanjab Village Clerk Nicko Somaeb said that the new multi-purpose facility is an example of collaboration, partnership and strategic investment in their communities. “Led by the Community of Kamanjab, this project demonstrates the mutual commitment that all orders of government, and industry have towards investing in infrastructure to strengthen the community for the residents of Kamanjab, and the Kunene Region,” he said.
Meanwhile other locals said that the centre will not only support upcoming business entrepreneurs, but also provides an alternative and active and healthy lifestyles of over 3,000 surrounding communities.