24 Aug 2015 13:00pm
KOSIS, 24 AUG (NAMPA) President Hage Geingobs promise of town hall meetings as a lead activity during his tenure became real when a high-level government contingent conferred with residents of tiny village Kosis on Saturday.
Leading the team, Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said the visit was a directive by the Head of State aimed at getting wholly acquainted with the people and happenings on the ground.
Nandi-Ndaitwah, who also occupies the portfolio of Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, said government hoped to find solutions in partnership with the communities themselves.
The team consisted of minister of Mines and Energy, Obeth Kandjoze; Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare Zephania Kameeta; Minister of Information And Technology Tjekero Tweya; Deputy Minister of Sport, Youth And National Service Agnes Tjongarero; Deputy Minister of Land Reform Bernadus Swartbooi and Deputy Permanent Secretary of Education, Arts and Culture: Lifelong Learning Department Claudia Tjikuua.
Kosis is a rural place with an undeclared status 121 kilometres west of Keetmanshoop in the Bethanie district. It was identified by //Karas Governor Lucia Basson as an underserviced area in the region on request of the Deputy PM. In Hardap, Schlip was identified as underserviced with possible developments to follow.
Kosis does not have village or settlement status, but has a primary school and hostel with nearly 250 learners and an unknown number of unemployed residents. The only money in circulation at Kosis is the grant of its pensioners. It does not have a clinic, police station, or village council. It has one shebeen and no shop. The place comprises brick infrastructure from the pre-independence era when it had a town administration office, clinic, high school and post office. The majority of the houses are old, but well-kept, brick structures left over from the previous administration.
The meeting on Saturday took place in the large town hall and was attended by about 200 people.
A spirited Nandi-Ndaitwah urged the residents to help eradicate poverty through cooperation, positivity, perseverance and hard work.
She said the core element in defeating poverty was peace.
It starts with the individual. If you have peace in you, that radiates as positive energy into your family. From there, it spills into the community, and then further into the nation, she explained.
She said in the presence of peace, people will refrain from hurting themselves and others, but instead will think positively and progress to prosperity with the actions and decisions they take.
She emphasised that government was willing and ready to tackle the problems of the country, but that it required the assistance of all citizens on all levels to do so.
Nandi-Ndaitwah said the immediate plan will be to look into the possibility of food production in the south.
We think of Zambezi as the breadbasket of Namibia, but I have seen water even here in Kosis and I think this place similarly can be a breadbasket, she said.
She added that due to climate change, the country could no longer depend on rain-fed crops only, but had to urgently develop its green-scheme production.
Other countries are struggling with cereal and food production as well, therefore we have to become self-sustainable as far as possible, she said.
The Kosis inhabitants raised their problems during the discussions, with each addressed by a relevant delegation member.
Nandi-Ndaitwah said a report would be produced in the shortest of time, and that tangible action would be taken on the issues highlighted.