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The Vergenoeg community and surrounding areas are now connected to the telecommunication network, with the commissioning of a new network tower on August 07, 2019. Vergenoeg is a farm located some 115 kilometres northeast of Gobabis.
The Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Honourable Stanley Simataa, officially switched on the tower in the presence of the Omaheke regional leadership and the Vergenoeg community. The network tower is equipped with third-generation (3G) cellular service, which has voice, data and video capabilities.
The tower was commissioned as part of Mobile Telecommunication (MTC)’s 081Every1 project, which aims for 100 per cent network coverage of the Namibian population by constructing 524 network towers countrywide. Eight towers have been earmarked for Omaheke region during the first phase, with the first two commissioned in Vergenoeg and Helena in the Otjombinde Constituency – some 60 kilometres from Vergenoeg.
Honourable Simataa, said by the end of the first phase of the project, over 80 per cent of Omaheke region’s population should be covered.
According to Honourable Simataa, telecommunication is one critical element of development. “The mode of delivering services to citizens will no longer be through papers, but through digital means,” he said.
It is, therefore a right for Namibian citizens to have access to telecommunication services, without having to travel long distances to access either public services or telecommunication services, Honourable Simataa said.
The Minister further urged MTC to ensure that the telecommunication services they provide to the public should be affordable, although they are a commercial company.
He also urged the Vergenoeg community to look after the tower and report any cases of vandalism and theft to the Namibian Police, as it was constructed for their benefit.
Omaheke regional Governor, Honourable Festus Ueitele, commended MTC for rolling out the 081Every1 project to Omaheke region. “It is heart-warming to know that the benefit of the 081Every1 project has reached our region, which will see our people experiencing quality and faster network connectivity,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of the Vergenoeg resident, member of the Kalahari Constituency Development Committee, Anna-Martha Ganes, said the days of climbing on trees to access network are gone.
She expressed their gratitude to Omaheke Governor and the Regional Councillor for Kalahari Constituency, Honourable Ignatius Kariseb, for bearing the pressure from community members to ensure they receive the network tower.