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Woodwork workshop to be opened in Omaruru

by Rodney Pienaar

A woodwork workshop will be opened in Omaruru during the course of this year to create employment for out of school youth in the region.

A consignment of wood pellets had been availed by the Swakop Uranium to kick-start the workshop on a date yet to be announced.

According to the governor of Erongo region, Cleophas Mutjavikua, the pellets are earmarked for repair of school chairs, desk and hostel beds in the region as well as manufacturing of other wooden items.

“Workshops have been identified from unused buildings in Omaruru to be used as a training center for out of school youth to repair all wooden equipment that may need to be repaired. Discussions took place at NIMT, the Indian and Indonesia embassies to render vocational training. We are looking forward to this initiative because it will decrease the unemployment rate in the country,” he said.

He added that the higher education ministry was brought “at speed” with this program aimed at equipping at least 200 out of school youths with the woodwork vocational program.

Mutjavikua also said that the plan is to bring all the old scraps of desks and beds of school hostels for re-assembling.

Meanwhile, Marble and Granite processing factory is also expected to be opened in Arandis as discussions are underway with the mines ministry on acquiring the list of existing quarries surrounding the Karibib area for potential partnership or to apply for a permit as required.