Kandjoze starts familiarisation trip in Omaheke

12 May 2016 10:00am
GOBABIS, 12 MAY (NAMPA) - Minister of Mines and Energy Obeth Kandjoze started his familiarisation visit to the Omaheke Region with a three-hour meeting at the Omaheke Regional Council on Wednesday.
The trip mainly focuses on rural electrification, consultative meetings and deliberation on the energy and mining sector, the provision of fuel to the regions and the solar revolving fund.
Speaking during the meeting, Kandjoze said the intention of the trip is to disseminate information to the public to fast-track rural development related to energy and mining.
“The mining and energy sectors are very important, and in light of this we just want to stress that we want to provide information on how our mining and energy sectors co-relate,” he said.
Kandjoze added that the contribution made by both sectors contribute about 11 to 13 per cent to Namibia’s gross domestic product, and procurement of goods in mining also has the capacity to employ over 18 000 people.
He emphasised that Government must strive to procure and add value to domestic goods to ensure the creation of jobs and skills development which then translate to the collection of more revenue and advanced government expenditure.
“We are robbed of procurement and the growth of the sector and we want to make sure that our people benefit from these resources, because it is their resources,” he said.
The minister’s visit to the Omaheke Region is in line with similar trips which he undertook in various regions such as Erongo, Kunene and Otjozondjupa last year.
He is expected to meet Epukiro, Otjinene and Aminuis councillors as well as various traditional authorities within the region.
Kandjoze will also inspect Government schools such as Donkerbos Primary School, and Corridor 17 Primary School.
The visit ends 26 May.