15 Dec 2015 20:20pm
WINDHOEK, 15 DEC (NAMPA) - Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, Zephania Kameeta has urged employers to remunerate their employees appropriately in the fight against poverty.
Speaking at a gala dinner held in acknowledgement of the relationship between the Namsov Community Trust (NCT) and regional governors offices on Friday, Kameeta said remunerating employees appropriately will ensure that they are able to provide the basic necessities for themselves and their families.
This will go a long way in assisting Government in the war on poverty, he said, adding that according to statistics by the Labour Resource and Research Institute (LaRRI), for a decent life in Windhoek, a household must earn at least N.dollars 9 000 per month.
He said there are however households with an income of N.dollars 1 000 or less per month.
A pilot survey done by LaRRI on household income in a selection of not affluent neighbourhoods this year, states that over 80 per cent of Namibian households earn below the national mean wage, which is estimated at N.dollars 6 802 monthly.
Kameeta noted that Namibia is facing a crisis of unequal wealth distribution and that is why President Hage Geingob has urged the nation to be well positioned to fight poverty for the next five years.
We are fighting against poverty not to one day overcome it, but we are fighting poverty to overcome it now, as much as we possibly can, said Kameeta.
He further said that he might not be in the best position at the moment to give an overview of poverty in Namibia, adding the aim to reduce poverty and inequality in Namibia has been on Government's agenda since independence 25 years ago. A multi-sectoral approach involving both the public and private sector in the fight against poverty has been of the prelude to President Hage Geingob officially declaring a war against poverty in his State of the Nation Address in March this year and thereby encouraging private business entities as well as the general public to join forces in support of Government efforts towards eradicating poverty.
The NCT, a 10 per cent shareholder in Namsov Fishing Enterprises, has over the past few months been on tour of the 14 regions donating N.dollars 500 000 to each regional council. The funds will be used to fund developmental projects run by the people of the respective regions and to improve the livelihoods of people.
The event was attended by the First Lady, Monica Geingos, regional governors and some of the beneficiaries that received the NCT funds through their regional office.