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Tsumeb copper fest is here

Mon, 28 October 2013 02:50
by Michael Uugwanga

For the 11th year running, the popular Annual Tsumeb Copper Festival will, this year, take place from the 30th of this month to the 2nd of November in the business district of the Oshikoto Region.
As in the past, the Namibia Custom Smelters’ Dundee Precious Metals (DPM)  Tsumeb has been at the heart of the event.
DPM vice president and general manager, Hans Nolte, says there has been lots of progress in the town since the inauguration of the copper festival.
 “The copper festival is supposed to be a sounding board of the success of Tsumeb. As well known, the economic growth of Tsumeb experienced a bumpy ride during the first 10 years of the new millennium and logically, the festival was affected by this. At some stage, the copper festival committee probably feared this festival, which had been created to showcase not only to the local community but also to the whole country, would not really showcase what Tsumeb has to offer. I congratulate the Copper festival committee for organising this annual event with limited funds. Therefore, we agreed to continue supporting the annual copper festival, because it is the ideal platform to inform the Tsumeb community of our activities in the smelter,” says Nolte, adding, the festival will eventually regain its importance in the calendar of Tsumeb.
Chairperson of the festival’s organising committee, Julius Gaseb says it has grown into significant leaps and bounds over the years.
“We have seen the festival transform from a regional event into a major national event that attracts exhibition from all four corners of the country. The growth of the festival has also seen a growth in business for the hospitality, tourism and the food production sectors in and around Tsumeb,” says Gaseb. This year’s event will be officiated by Prime Minister Dr Hage Geingob and will provide Small and medium enterprises (SMEs), as well as aspiring business personalities who will be exhibiting at the festival, the opportunity to conduct presentations at the opening ceremony.
A music show on Saturday, 3rd of November will feature Mushe, Fishman and Brumelda, among others.