ONGWEDIVA: Prime Minister Nahas Angula has described businessman Erastus ‘Chico’ Shapumba as a reflective person who is socially conscious and a true business person.
Angula was speaking at the launch of the Erastus Shapumba Foundation which took place at the Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair (OATF) on Monday. He is the patron of the foundation, which was launched by President Hifikepunye Pohamba.
The foundation will support less privileged students in ‘crucial’ fields such as accounting, sport and engineering.
Angula said when he first met Shapumba, he was under the impression that he was a quiet and reserved man, but he later realised that the businessman is a “caring and valuable” person.
“I was touched when he chose me as patron of this foundation. The foundation will contribute to the advancement of education for our students,” he stated, adding that Shapumba wants to make a difference in the lives of his fellow Namibians in his own way.
He urged local people to emulate the businessman’s example by ploughing back into their communities.
“When we achieve a certain degree of achievement, we have to look back to help others. If we think that way, Namibia will remain a caring and sharing nation forever,” Angula stated.
Meanwhile, President Pohamba commended Shapumba for starting the fund. He also thanked everyone running businesses in Namibia.
“It is not easy to run a business, but they manage,” he stated.
Meanwhile, in a speech read on his behalf by well-known local lawyer Sisa Namandje, Shapumba said he decided to ask the Premier to be the patron of the foundation and to ask President Pohamba to officially launch the foundation because education is “close to their hearts”.
“President Pohamba has been calling on the private sector to join hands with the government to better our education system, and the name Angula has been associated with education from years before Independence,” he said, adding that he has always dreamt of giving back to the community in which he does business and paying back Government for creating a peaceful environment for the conducting of business in Namibia.
He then donated N.dollars 200 000 to the foundation, and availed land to the value of N.dollars 2,8 million for the construction of offices for the foundation.
“I will keep working hard to make funds available (to the foundation) on an annual basis,” he promised.
Shapumba owns a business which supplies building materials.