CORRIDOR 17: More than 100 members of the San community here will soon be the proud owners of new brick houses following the launch of a brick-making project here by the office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
The project is expected to mould up to 65 000 bricks in the next two months to be used for the construction of 20 houses at Corridor 17.
Launching the brick-making project on Friday, Deputy Prime Minister Marco Hausiku said the project will provide temporary employment for up to 100 people, while some members of the community will be trained in bricklaying and plastering through a skills transfer mode.
He said such transfer of skill will be vital in the quest to fully reintegrate the San community into the mainstream of the economy and to better their standard of living.
“We believe that each one of us has the capability to change his or her own life for the better with some sort of assistance. As such, the transfer of skills is crucial in a set-up where such skill is in great deficiency. It will not only be an individual achievement, but a huge benefit to the entire community should a local here acquire skills,” he noted.
First on the list of houses to be constructed will be that of Chief Sophia Jacobs of the !Kung traditional authority, who also hails from Corridor 17.
Hausiku said Government deemed it fit to develop the area around Corridor 17, where over half of the !Kung San people of the Omaheke Region live, instead of having to relocate them to an alternative place.
“We found that most of the essential services needed by the San communities to survive are available near Corridor 17 where most of them have lived for years. The nearby settlement of Corridor 13 has a clinic, a police station and schools – both primary and junior secondary,” he said.
The Deputy Prime Minister told those in attendance to “jealously guard” the equipment that will be used for brick-making, as a loss of any of the equipment will negatively impact the project.
The launching of the brick-making project was witnessed by the Governor of the Omaheke Region, Laura McLeod-Katjirua and Aminuis Constituency councillor Erwin Uanguta.
Corridor 17 is located some 220 kilometres south of Gobabis in the Omaheke Region’s Aminuis Constituency.