Tungeni Africa strengthens MET bond

24 April 2015
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Tungeni Africa’s Managing Director Iyaloo ya Nangolo this week donated a rescue boat to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET). Ya Nangolo handed over the boat to Minister Pohamba Shifeta on Thursday afternoon, and used the opportunity to unveil the company’s new cruise boat.

The utility speedboat will not only assist METs’ conservation officers stationed at Von Bach dam, but also help them access the surrounding areas that are not accessible by road.

Ya Nangolo said the donation was a form of value addition to their resort as it increased the level of protection for their guests and the wildlife around it.

“It is a matter of security and safeguarding the resort. It will also help with rescue for people who do water sports on the dam,” he said.

There are approximately 20 boats on the dam engaged in various water sports on any given weekend.

The boat, which cost about N$100,000, is aluminium-based making it lighter and faster on water so the conservation officers can respond to any rescue calls fast.

Tungeni Africa has invested N$40 million in the seven years that it has been involved in the public-private partnership at Von Bach dam.

Apart from the boats, Ya Nangolo unveiled the Oujere Lifestyle Village, which consist of luxury chalets with a breathtaking view of the dam and the nature reserve.

“The chalets will be a public-private partnership between us and members of the public who are interested in the project.

“Tungeni Africa cannot sell off land on the nature reserve but people can lease the chalets from us as long as we are here, the lease can last up to the next 50 years that we are here,” he explained.

Individuals interested in the lifestyle village are not allowed to build their own chalets, lest they damage the nature reserve.

This means they have to settle for the predetermined housing that the resort has already planned to the letter.

“We are trying to conserver nature so everything is well controlled,” Ya Nangolo emphasised.

So far, only three chalets have been built, but Ya Nangolo said more can be built on request.

The resort has an array of activities to keep guests entertained, from water skiing, angling to scenic game drives, to name a few.

“We want people to come and experience a lifestyle. Before independence the resort was exclusive and only open to certain people,” he said.

However, now his company is working hard to ensure that the reserve is all-inclusive.

In a bid to promote domestic tourism, they offer 70 percent discount to Namibian citizens during weekdays and 40 percent on weekends.

They also have various packages to encourage domestic tourism further and potential clients can visit their website to choose the one that suits them at www.tungeni.com.
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