20 Jul 2016 13:40pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 20 JUL (NAMPA) //Kharas Governor Lucia Basson on Tuesday invited the private sector in the region to help eradicate poverty in line with Namibias Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP).
I have no doubt that the intellectual knowledge and financial means of captains of industry could help in restoring the dignity of the people in //Kharas, Basson said at a meeting her office arranged to engage the regional private sector in Keetmanshoop.
She said Government provided a smooth environment for businesses to thrive in and that it was high time for private industry to join development efforts.
Government cannot do it alone. We have a lopsided situation of having a mineral-rich country with some of the highest poverty rates in the country.
Basson listed sanitation as the key area in which she requires assistance from the private sector.
The lack of access to sanitation and the means of good hygiene is an assault against human dignity and it is not right that thousands of our brothers and sisters in the region use either the bushes or the most horrible bucket toilet when nature calls, she said.
Bucket latrines are used in households in Aus (179), Berseba (33), Tses (107), Koës (284) and Kosis (33).
The governor was optimistic that the numbers were manageable, expressing hope to have the bucket system removed by next year.
I am not asking you to give us money. We will be happy if you commit to do this by yourselves, she told company heads present.
Other areas of concern to Basson in the region were hunger and poverty, infant and maternal mortality, a lack of sufficient serviced land, housing, and vocational training.
Giving specifics, she asked businesses to help drill boreholes and to excavate earth dams in communal areas.
We also need assistance to set up a clinic at Vaalgras, to renovate the Kosis village clinic and to fix the fence along the B1 road between Keetmanshoop and Asab.
The meeting was attended by Government officials, traditional chiefs and some owners of commercial farms and private companies.
A resolution was taken to establish a committee that will lead the envisaged public-private partnership.