25 Sep 2013 10:10
KEETMANSHOOP, 25 SEP (NAMPA) - Five people employed by the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) escaped death last week when they were involved in accidents in their work vehicles on the gravel road between Aroab and Keetmanshoop.
Crime Investigations Coordinator of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the //Karas Region, Deputy Commissioner Rudolf Isaak confirmed to Nampa on Wednesday that a Toyota Land Cruiser belonging to the NSA crashed head-on into another vehicle on Sunday.
Nampa understands that this vehicle was not seriously damaged and can be repaired, however a second NSA vehicle is said to be seriously damaged after it was involved in an accident on Monday. That Land Cruiser is said to have overturned.
Isaak also confirmed Mondays accident, saying the drivers involved in both accidents might be charged with reckless driving, but adding that the cases are still under investigation.
Three employees were travelling in the vehicle which collided with another on Sunday, while two were travelling in the vehicle which overturned on Monday.
Two of the employees, who asked not to be named, confirmed the accidents and said they did not sustain serious injuries.
The road is really bad, very bumpy. It needs to be tarred and has no clear road signs. Drivers who are not familiar with the road will obviously have accidents, said one of the employees.
The councillor for the Keetmanshoop Rural Constituency, Jims Christiaan has long been appealing to Government to tar the 170 kilometre gravel road between Aroab and Keetmanshoop.
His motivation is that many accidents happen on that road, especially during the rainy season.
The employees are in the field conducting the 2013 Labour Force Survey (LSF), the official source of labour force statistics in the country.
The survey started with listing earlier this month, while the interviewing will start on 30 September and is expected to end on 13 October. The results are expected to be out in March 2014.
The survey is now being conducted on an annual basis. It was formerly conducted every four years to provide public- and private-sector policymakers with up-to-date information on developments in the labour market.
The last LSF was conducted in October 2012.