03 Mar 2016 20:30pm
HENTIES BAY, 03 MAR (NAMPA) - The opening of the National Youth Service (NYS) Civic Centre at Henties Bay boost local business, said town Mayor Herman /Honeb at the ninth intake passing-out parade of 489 trainees from the centre on Thursday.
He said there is a visible increase in activity in the town when the trainees are released to do their shopping.
The local business owners I spoke to told me that business improved drastically since the opening of the centre, /Honeb said.
The NYS in April 2014 opened the centre at Henties Bay, located 60 kilometres north of Swakopmund.
It provides civic and skills training such as hospitality; plumbing and pipe fitting; metal fabrication; joinery and cabinet making; bricklaying and plastering; hairdressing and cosmetology; automotive mechanics; and office administration.
/Honeb used the opportunity to invite businesspeople to invest in the town, saying it has potential.
He said apart from the beautiful weather and the fact that it is a holiday town, there are many tourism activities which are not tapped.
With the tarring of the gravel road between Swakopmund and Khorixas, Henties Bay will soon be a gateway to the western and northern regions, so businesses better start investing now.
He also asked President Hage Geingob and Cabinet ministers to consider buying retirement houses and establishing business at Henties Bay.
Some of them (politicians) have already started buying plots and constructing their houses, he said.
Geingob officiated at the event. He also toured the hostel and a vegetable garden at the centre.
The trainees will now be deployed across the country to various ministries and regional councils to complete the second phase of their training (voluntary work). The last phase of the training comprises skills training.
The voluntary phase takes six months, while the skills training takes another six to 12 months.
After graduation most of the trainees are usually taken in by the Namibian Defence Force, Namibian Police Force and Correctional Service for permanent employment.