GOBABIS: The Governor of the Omaheke Region, Laura McLeod-Katjirua has set the record straight on the reasons behind the staging of the envisaged Omaheke Trade Fair, quashing reports that the event’s organisation was in disarray.
The Omaheke Trade Fair is billed as a unification platform for all trade and agricultural shows in the region, as per the initiative of the Regional Council.
During a gala dinner held on Saturday, which officially launched the trade fair, McLeod-Katjirua said the event will go on as planned, and nothing will stand in its way.
The governor said those who had been against the staging of the event ‘for all the wrong reasons’ are in for a rude awakening, as the event will not fail as per their expectations.
“Let me send a reminder to all those prophets of doom who want to see the failure of this trade fair that our motto is ‘forwards ever, backwards never’. This trade fair will take place with or without your involvement,” she stressed.
Planning for the maiden showing of the Omaheke Trade Fair has seen a number of teething problems, as the untimely withdrawal of some committee members who were representing various show societies also threatened to throw such plans off the rails.
One of them, prominent livestock auctioneer Floris van Niekerk, has opted to go on his own and host the annual Gobabis Agricultural Show under the auspices of the Gobabis Show Society.
It also emerged that many of the white commercial farmers in the region did not buy into the idea of the trade fair, but rather preferred the annual agricultural show hosted by the Gobabis Show Society, which they have been participating in since its inception close to 50 years ago.
The regional governor has however stood by the initiative to host the trade fair, and has confirmed that the withdrawal of the Gobabis Show Society will not deter the hosting of the trade fair.
“The year 2012 will be remembered as a very special and historic year of remarkable transformation of our fairs, expos and show activities in the region. It will be remembered as a year in which we have bravely realised our dreams of unifying and integrating these activities into practical action, and refrained from talking,” she noted.
Topping the list of entertainment billed for the trade fair will be the crowing of Miss Omaheke Trade Fair, while cultural and musical performances will round up the entertainment side of the trade fair.
Top-class riders are also expected in Gobabis for the trade fair, where they will compete for top honours in a horse-racing tournament. Boxing enthusiasts will be thrilled with a boxing bonanza, which will feature yet-to-be-named boxers.
The Omaheke Trade Fair will be hosted from 21 to 26 September, while the Gobabis Agricultural Show is slated for 24 to 26 September 2012.