Preparations for the popular annual Tsumeb copper festival, usually held from late October to early November since its inception 11 years ago, are underway.
This announcement was made during a gala dinner held in that town over the weekend and saw well-known business personalities of the town pledge their financial support towards the event’s operations, including Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb (DPMT) vice president and general manager, Hans Nolte who has been involved in the festival since its inception.
Nolte said there has been lots of progress in the town since the inauguration of the festival despite some doubt regarding the future of the event from the organising committees. He thus thanked the committee of the festival for continuing to organise the event on a strained budget.
“The Copper Festival is supposed to be a sounding board of the success of Tsumeb town. The economic growth of Tsumeb experienced a bumpy ride during the first 10 years of the new millennium and logically, the Copper Festival was affected by this well. This festival was created to showcase what really happens in Tsumeb not only to the local community but also to the whole country,” Nolte said.
Nolte also said the Coppers festival will eventually regain its importance in the Tsumeb calendar: “When DPMT bought the Tsumeb smelter, the company realised it was important to be involved with the Tsumeb community to gain a social licence.”
Chairperson of the organising committee, Julius Gaseb, said the town’s copper festival has grown significantly in leaps and bounds over the years.
“We have seen the festival transform from a regional event to a major national function that attracts exhibitions from all four corners of the country. The growth of the festival has also seen growth in business for the hospitality, tourism and the food production sectors in and around Tsumeb,” said Gaseb