Make land available for housing to fishing companies - Erongo Governor

Compiled by Otis Daniels
The governor of the Erongo region, Neville Andre, has called on municipalities to make available land to prospective fishing companies that wants to build houses for their staff. “Many fishermen still live in back yard shacks and we want companies to assist their workers with proper and decent accommodation,” Andre said at the ministerial address by minister Derek Klazen to the fishing industry in Walvis Bay.

Andre listed employment creation, value addition, the recognition of Namibian captains and salary disparities of Namibians versus foreign crews as challenges faced by the industry. “The sector has tremendously contributed to the employment and reemployment of fisherman, there is room for improvement with regards to addressing the challenges of employment creation in the sector.”

The governor called on unions to “really” advocate for workers’ rights, provide training and support to workers that are finding themselves at the wrong side of the law.

He further expressed his gratitude to the fishing sector for their response during the difficult days of Covid-19, in terms of adhering to the regulations, support to the regional Covid-19 response and through the provision of food parcels and other valuable equipment. Andre also commended the sector for a superb exposition of the sector and ensuring a successful World Oceans Day.

The annual address of the minister of fisheries, focusses on the Fishing Sector, its achievements in terms of the allocated quota’s, employment creation, value addition and its contribution to the GDP, our National Development Goals as enshrined in the NDP 5, the Harambee Prosperity Plan 2 and Vision 2030.