Job creation prioritised at SORA


11 May 2018 | Local News

Adolf Kaure - The state of the region address (SORA) was delivered by the governor of the Erongo region, Cleophas Mutjavikua, at the Mondesa Multi-Purpose Centre on Tuesday.

Mutjavikua highlighted the importance of job creation and SME development saying that there are various projects which will increase employment across the region.

MDL international is planning to establish a fuel and gas storage terminal with the capacity of over 200 million litres in Usakos for distribution to Angola, Botswana, DRC, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

“We can confirm that the MDL international has already commenced with phase 1 which is the establishment of the logistics centre. Phase 2, which will involve the construction of the actual terminal, will commence this year. The investment will amount to over N$43 billion after completion.”

The Usakos town council will employ around 1 600 people directly and indirectly with the establishment of the envisaged fuel and gas storage,” Mutjavikua said.

He added that through TransNamib, the upgrade of the Walvis Bay to Kranzberg railway will create an estimated 4 000 indirect jobs, while Desert Lion Energy (a lithium mine), the Karibib Marble factory and Dreamland will recruit 500, 200 and 50 people respectively.

In the previous financial year there were 3 339 permanent jobs and 2 128 temporary jobs created.

The governor also emphasised that adequate land delivery and provision of housing is allocated to citizens of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay.

“We want to get people out of backyard squatting in Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. As leadership, our task is service delivery. Land delivery and decent shelter that citizen can call home should be our co-competence,” he said.

The municipalities of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay managed to acquire brick making machines last year which helped residents to shorten the process of building their houses. Mutjavikua said that a panel making machine should also be considered by both municipalities in order to build houses which are not fire prone and being constructed in Henties Bay currently.

“These type of shelters should be able to give dignity to our people, but citizens must be prepared to work themselves rather than passing the buck. We must accelerate land delivery at the administration and should not look for reasons why it can’t be done. This must be our value proposition which is the promise our people to deliver land and shelter,” he said.

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