Provision of coffins to San communities a burden

07 Apr 2015 14:10pm
WINDHOEK, 07 APR (NAMPA) – The provision of coffins to San communities has become a great burden on the budget of the Division of San Development (DSD), according to the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) 2015/16 to 2017/18 that was tabled in Parliament last week.
The amount for the provisioning of coffins is no less than N.dollars 80 000 per month, it stated, adding that efforts are being intensified to finalise the provision of coffins through tenders.
The DSD is a special programme under the auspices of the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) as mandated by Cabinet to ensure that the marginalised people in Namibia are fully integrated into the mainstream economy of Namibia through various support programmes.
The DSD mainly focuses on resettlement, sustainable livelihood support, education, land and income-generating initiatives for the marginalised communities.
In the current budget, San Development Programmes were allocated N.dollars 48 290 602 for 2015/2016.
In 2014/2015, San Development Programmes received N.dollars 426 303 000, with the bulk of the budget consumed by the San Education Support Programme.
At the beginning of this year, the DSD experienced a high turnout of San students who were admitted to educational institutions and this resulted in the issuance of more funds for that purpose.
“Education under the San Development Programme is regarded as crucial in terms of developing and integrating these communities, and therefore no serious economising could not be sanctioned,” it stated.
The San Education Programme amongst others coordinates the identification of beneficiaries for educational support, facilitate the enrolment of students in tertiary institutions and provide financial support to learners and students.
The programme also coordinates Build Together projects for the construction of permanent buildings for schools and houses for teachers at various settlement centres.