Minister of Labour appoints Employment Service Board

31 Oct 2014 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 31 OCT (NAMPA) – The Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Alpheus Muheua on Friday officially appointed the members of the Employment Service Board in Windhoek.
The Board was appointed in accordance with the National Employment Policy, which was launched by President Hifikepunye Pohamba last year. The policy outlines key priority areas that have the potential to create employment.
The members of the Board are appointed on a three-year contract. They are Lingani Sibalatani, Albius Mwiya, Calvin Muchila, Elizabeth Negumbo, Loide Shaanika, Victor Kazonyati, Ambrosius Iipinge, Wilhencia Uiras, Ben Shikolalye, Germano Musili, Job Muniaro and Johannes Kantana.
The deputy minister said the Employment Services Act was enacted in 2011 and forms part of the Employment Creation Commission Bill, which is still to be introduced to Parliament.
Muheua said he is aware that unemployment in Namibia has reached unacceptable levels, and it is for this reason that the ministry has decided to come up with new policies and legislation such as the National Employment Policy, the Employment Services Act and the Employment Creation Commission Bill to address the issue of unemployment.
“I would like to urge all of you on the Board to dedicate your efforts towards finding workable solutions to the high unemployment in our country,” he said.
The Chairperson of the Employment Services Board, Lingani Sibalatani in her acceptance speech said they will perform their duties to the best of their abilities. She called for support from all stakeholders to enable them to execute their functions effectively and efficiently.
Some of the functions of the appointed members include investigating and advising the minister on the provisions and the attainment of objectives of the Employment Services Act, and assisting the minister in monitoring and analysing the labour market.
The objectives of the Employment Services Act are to promote productive and freely chosen employment and self-employment, and to promote human resource and skills development according to the occupational training needs and competencies and interest of the present and future labour market.