Keetmanshoop mayor lauds show event
KEETMANSHOOP, 13 SEP (NAMPA) – Keetmanshoop Mayor Gaudentia Krohne highlighted the transformation of the Keetmanshoop Agricultural and Industrial Show from an agricultural event spearheaded by the white community to an inclusive, diverse event.
Delivering her address at the opening of the show on Wednesday, Krohne lauded the foresight of the drivers of the event to turn it into a collaborative community spectacle.
“Since the inception of the show in 1955, it has grown in strength over the years into what is today a display of wider participation in business and cultural backgrounds.”
Krohne said the show has developed from being an exhibition of farming products to a presentation of information hubs and businesses of all sizes.
“There is a large inclusion of small and medium enterprises and institutions that bring valuable information to the public.”
Krohne further put emphasis on the partnership between the Keetmanshoop Show Society and the Keetmanshoop Municipality, in which the latter provides the show venue free of charge.
In the agreement, the local authority is also responsible for the water and electricity and the provision of staff for cleaning services during the duration of the show.
Krohne urged the wider community to become part of the national poverty reduction agenda by grabbing business opportunities to help grow the local economy.
She mentioned as an example the opportunities in value addition to existing products in the region for the purpose of wealth creation.
New president of the Keetmanshoop Show Society, Charles Josob, extended an invitation to the public to visit the show.
Van Wyk retired after more than two decades at the helm of the society.
The four-day annual show ends on Saturday.