SWAKOPMUND, 22 June 2017 - Erongo Regional Governor Cleophas Mutjavikua delivering the annual state of the region addresses. (Photo by: Paulus Kiiyala Shiku) NAMPA
By Confidente Reporter
ERONGO Governor, Cleophas Mutjavikua said that his region has made considerable progress in the fight against unemployment and poverty. He said this was done through the implementation of policies targeting the acceleration of job creation, thereby improving the quality of life of inhabitants.
Mutjavikua made the remarks during his State of the Region Address (SORA) in Swakopmund recently adding that despite challenges facing the region, they have high ambitions for inclusive growth and sustainable development.
“As a nation we have to understand that the future looks very challenging and our current mindset will ensure that the blame game will be the order of the day,” Mutjavikua said.
“To compound the employment problem, governments everywhere are likewise rationalizing their civil services and are no longer the employers of last resort.
“All these challenges demand fundamental transformation in attitude or mindset. We are at a crossroad of being a nation to either play a game or to take each other by the hand. The latter is the only way to go, let us take each by hand if we do not want to perish together.”
He continued: “We must enhance our potential and grow our SME’s to become employers of our people According to Mutjavikua, the government and the region provided more opportunities and programs like the micro financing through the Ministry of Gender and Child Welfare and the GECW, the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development and the and Erongo Development Foundation’s SME interest free loan scheme.
He added that his region has a sustainable competitive advantage to ensure more employment creation as well as value addition to other national initiative.
Highlighting progress made in job creation and SME development, Mutjavikua stressed that Erongo Red has employed more than 50 locals on a fixed-term basis while the Ministry of Health and Social Services recruited 39 staff members last year.
The governor also said that the Directorate of Youth Development established a Youth Employment/Job Searching Programme to assist job-seekers with comprehensive employment services to find suitable jobs, training and educational opportunities of their choice. It has so far assisted 789 young people during the 2016/17 fiscal year.
Mutjavikua also noted that the Namibian Uranium Institute created 3 200 permanent jobs and 1 700 contractor jobs through its uranium mining and exploration companies.
On progress made in Arandis, Mutjavikua indicated that while the town is still dependent on direct and in-direct employment opportunities from uranium mines, the town’s Husab mine appointed many of its residents since 2016.
He also added that various activities such as municipal services, road maintenance, fishing, construction and clothing factory amongst others contributed 285 permanent and temporary job opportunities in Arandis during 2017.
The governor also noted that TransNamib’s upgrade of the Walvis Bay-Kranzberg railway will create an estimated 4 000 indirect jobs while the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry created temporary employment to 32 workers during the construction of the Tubusis Agricultural Development Centre.
According to Mutjavikua, the Karibib Town Council through its Marble Factory created about 200 jobs, the Desert Lion Energy (Lithium Mine) created about 500 while 50 jobs were created through the Dream Land project.
The Usakos Town Council, Mutjavikua said will employ around 1 600 people with the establishment of the envisaged Fuel and Gas Storage, the Erongo Regional Council created 20 temporary jobs under the Decentralized Build-Together houses in three constituencies while about 111 jobs were created under the construction of rural toilets that benefited 153 households in Karibib, Daures and Walvis Bay rural.
Mutjavikua also said that the Walvis Bay Municipality awarded long-term contracts to nine different BEE Groups to undertake cleaning services in Kuisebmond and Narraville areas that created employment to various families and individual groups.
Meanwhile, the Swakopmund Municipality created around 180 unemployed residents through its new Ward Cleaning System while a qualified 110 applicants are listed for future appointment. Ultimately 440 residents will benefit from the establishment of this project aimed at improved solid waste management strategies.
Mutjavikua also noted that 11 local projects received a combined N$183,301.17 funding through the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare’s income generating activities. The projects in Arandis, Daures, Omaruru, Karibib and Walvis Bay urban range from shoe repair, construction, poultry, printing, events management, welding, catering and sewing.
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