Pensioners continue lobby for grant increase

05 Mar 2015 08:00am
WALVIS BAY, 04 MAR (NAMPA) – Pensioners at the coast are continuing the nationwide call for Government to increase their monthly pension grants.
They request an increase from N.dollars 600 to N.dollars 1 200, saying urban life has become so expensive that they cannot afford to buy food for themselves.
A third meeting on the matter took place at Walvis Bay on Wednesday, and 220 pensioners from Swakopmund and Walvis Bay attended.
Elders stated that they need an increment because costs for services such as water, electricity and land have skyrocketed.
Another request is that Government subsidise such services by 50 per cent.
“We are facing a humanitarian crisis. Our elders are starving, they need relief from Government. We are therefore planning to meet with Prime Minister Hage Geingob to present the elders’ problems,” said Jade McClune, one of the event organisers.
He said the idea is to meet Geingob before his term as Namibian president starts on 21 March this year.
“We want the increment to be part of the 2015/16 budget,” said the activist.
John Izaacs who represented Swakopmund elders at the meeting, said pensioners need assistance with transport to hospitals.
“This is not a political or racial issue. All of us - blacks, coloureds and whites - are into this together to make sure that our lives are improved,” he said whilst urging elders to unite.
The coastal pensioners aim to mobilise the whole country by establishing committees in different towns to show the urgency of the matter.
The next meeting is expected to take place at the Kuisebmund Community Hall in Walvis Bay on 25 March 2015.