06 Aug 2015 10:00am
WITVLEI, 06 AUG (NAMPA) - The Witvlei Village Council has encouraged Namibian companies to set up shop at the town in a bid to curtail the high unemployment rate amongst residents here.
The majority of residents, most notably youths at the town, are unemployed and have no established sources of income.
The town's one-time largest employer, Witvlei Meat closed down its abattoir here in February this year, after providing employment to the town's residents since August 2006.
Close to 200 people lost their jobs, while many others who relied on them as breadwinners were also indirectly affected by the closure.
Witvlei Village Council Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Chris Murangi told Nampa in an interview on Thursday the village council has received intentions of setting up businesses at the town from various companies and institutions.
A garment making factory is set to open its doors in less than a month (on 01 September 2015) after getting the green light from council.
The factory is expected to employ some 120 people, largely unemployed youth and women, from Witvlei.
Everything is in place for the opening of this factory. They have brought their first set of equipment and machinery to be used in the factory and the building in which they will be operating is currently under renovation. We are pleased with the progress they have been making, he said.
Other businesses set to open at the town include a free-range chicken farming initiative, which would sell live chicken and much sought-after free range eggs.
Murangi said a pig farm, which was once set up at the town, could also be revived soon.
We are happy that companies are responding to our call for business, and hope that more companies come on board to assist the majority of our residents who are unemployed, he said.
The CEO extended the call for businesses to set up shop at Witvlei to all companies across the country that would find the investment climate at the town feasible for their undertakings.