30 Apr 2014 18:10pm
WINDHOEK, 30 APR (NAMPA) The National Youth Council (NYC) has started issuing new multi-purpose electronic youth membership cards in the Khomas Region.
Salomon Ilovu, the chairperson of the Khomas Regional Youth Forum, told Nampa on Tuesday at the launch of the NYCs campaign on gender-based violence (GBV) for the Khomas Region at least 2 000 new electronic cards have been issued since Saturday.
The youth membership card is being introduced as a way of collecting the data of the youth in Namibia, as well as providing services on discounts to youth members, he explained.
The first cards currently in distribution are being viewed as trial cards to see how effectively the system works.
According to Ilovu, the membership card could be used as a medical aid card, a bursary card for students, and a shopping card through which NYC members will be given discount. Negotiations are also underway to use the same card as a banking card which can be used withdraw money from any banking facility.
The cards were issued on Saturday at the Windhoek Show Grounds during the celebration of Youth Day. The event was also used to celebrate the National Youth Councils 20th anniversary.
The first batch of cards will be active until the end of June this year, whereafter new cards will be issued to members who are still within the prescribed youth age limit as set by the African Youth Charter.
A youth is said to be a person who is between the age of 16 and 35 years old.
Ilovu said at the moment, five businesses have agreed to give youth members in possession of the new cards discounts. These are Edgars, Intercape, Xwama Cultural Village, Waga-Waga sports shop and TN Mobile.
He noted that the only challenge they face with the new cards is the de-activation of members who go beyond the age limit of 35 years old.
Ilovu said consultations with technical consultants are however underway to develop a system which would automatically de-activate members and remove them from the system when they reach the maximum age.