By Confidente Reporter
ERONGO Marine Enterprises has made a donation of N$210 000 towards an initiative launched by Erongo Regional Governor, Cleophas Mutjavikua, which is aimed at raising funds for the renovation of Swakopmund’s public school hostels.
The initiative was launched at the recently held Namibian Newspaper Cup gala dinner, where a target of N$1 million was set. A total of N$850 000 in corporate pledges have been received so far.
This initiative has put renewed focus on the state of Swakopmund’s public school hostels, and comes hot on the heels of an announcement by the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture about the possible closure of the Hofmeyr hostel in Swakopmund, due to its dilapidated state. The funds will be utilised to do the most urgent repairs at Hofmeyr hostel, as well as other hostels at the coastal town, which are in need of crucial renovations.During major sporting events hosted in Swakopmund, including this past weekend’s Namibian Newspaper Cup, school hostels are used to accommodate visitors. The state of disrepair of some of the hostels makes them unfit for occupation.
Governor Mutjavikua thanked Erongo Marine Enterprises for its contribution at a cheque handover ceremony last Friday.
“The financial contributions not only provide a short-term solution for the Namibian Newspaper Cup visitors, but are a long-term human capital investment in the future of the learners of the Erongo region.”
“As one of the major players in the Namibian horse mackerel industry, our focus is to turn our fishing rights into value for the communities in which we operate. Erongo Marine therefore cannot stand idly by and not make a significant investment into the future of of our youth,” Erongo Marine Enterprise Managing Director, Dr Martha Uumati said.
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