15 Sep 2015 16:50pm
CORRECTION: SECOND PARA - CAMPAIGN NOT LED BY AR MOVEMENT. INITIATIVE LED BY UNIVERSITY OF NAMIBIA (UNAM).
SIXTH PARA: CLARITY: INITIATIVE FOLLOWED AR MOVEMENT AND THREATS TO GOVERNMENT.
WINDHOEK, 15 SEP (NAMPA) The Land-A-Dollar campaign, which was set to come to an end on Monday this week, has been extended until 25 January 2016.
The initiative, led by the University of Namibia (UNAM) Student Representative Council (SRC) is a charitable and non-profit driven programme with the target to collect a minimum of N.dollars 1 million to be used towards servicing 200 000 plots in the country for landless youth.
At a media conference on Tuesday, President of the UNAM SRC, Vincent Shimutwikeni said the biggest reason behind the postponement was to get more stakeholders and members of the public on board.
The rationale behind this proposed time is to allow the public to have a fresh and smooth roll-out period, giving more opportunity to the public to associate with the project so that they have enough time to participate in it, he noted.
About 160 drums were placed in shopping malls, Government ministries, airports, banks, and supermarkets countrywide on 14 August 2015.
No drums were opened yet, according to Shimutwikeni. The drums will only be opened after the campaign comes to a close next year. Campaigners appointed auditing firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers, to collect donations under strict security and take charge in establishing the total revenue collected.
The initiative followed the Affirmative Reposition (AR) movement that threatened to occupy land if the government did not allocate plots to landless young Namibians by 31 July this year. Government responded favourably in this regard, as President Hage Geingob met with the leaders of the AR movement to avert the purported land occupation by promising 200 000 countrywide plots for landless Namibians.
Shimutwikeni emphasised that a report was handed over to the Office of the President on Monday to notify Geingob about the postponement of the Land-A-Dollar campaign. The head of state is currently out of the country on a three-week official visit to Cuba, and the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) in New York, United States of America (USA).
He said other factors of delay included that suppliers have not been able to obtain the bulk of project resource materials locally. The processing of drums that incorporates the branding and the installation of security features will require some considerable time to ensure consistency with the security demands of the project.
The distribution process to the stakeholders at large (not limited to Windhoek) incorporates more time, which elongates the process.
He praised Government ministries where the drums are stationed on their premises. These include Home Affairs; Health and Social Services; Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation; and Veterans Affairs.
New partners are Telecom Namibia; Namibia Airports Company (NAC); Fruit and Vegetables City; Agra; UNAM; Polytechnic of Namibia; Engen France Indongo; Hot Dog Palace; TransNamib; Shoprite; USave; Rubicon Security; Hungry Lion; National Theatre of Namibia; International University of Management (IUM); Corner Pharmacy; Namdeb; Fashion World; Khomas Grove Mall; and Meatco.
Campaigners will also organise weekly activities at the various outlets and locations where drums are stationed.