THIS year’s edition of the annual Tsumeb Copper Festival, which has over the years grown in popularity, will focus on enhancing agriculture and Small and Medium Enterprise development.
The festival has become a formal economical marketing event for the town, with the town displaying its competitive advantages as an investment and tourism destination. Apart from bringing together people, the festival enables the town to market its great potential for economic prosperity and value addition to the local economy.
According to the Chairperson of the Organising Committee, Julius Gaeseb, Tsumeb wants to create employment in the agriculture sector and at the same time to address food security in the country.
“This year’s event has seen us creating more opportunities, not only for our exhibitors, but for all the visitors to the show,” said Gaeseb. The event will run from 31 October to 3 November at the JP Ratledge Stadium under the theme ‘Copper the treasure of Tsumeb’. In addition Gaeseb, said the event creates an economic platform for entrepreneurs to showcase their products and services, as well as provide diverse entertainment to the residents and friends of the town, with an aim of attracting more people in order to stimulate business activities and income generation.
“This year sees the introduction of a farmer’s day on 2 November. This day, generously sponsored by AgriBank, will bring together farmers and buyers so that they can explore the possibilities of mutual cooperation,” he noted.
He explained that a business conference is scheduled to take place on 31 October for all established businesses, SME’s and aspiring entrepreneurs. “This event will provide hands on skills training to our SME’s on how to manage their growing business and to get maximum returns from such businesses,” he said.
The gala dinner for the event was held recently, where close to N$500 000 was pledged and contributed, with the Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb as the main sponsor for the festival after pledging a N$180 000 sponsorship and Standard Bank pledging the second highest amount of N$80 000.
- Title: Copper Festival targets agriculture
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