Government refuses to support shebeens

15 Apr 2017 11:40am
WINDHOEK, 15 APR (NAMPA) – Alcohol operations have been excluded from the Khomas Regional Council’s employment creation project through Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
National Council Chairperson and Councillor for Khomasdal Constituency, Margaret Mensah-Williams disclosed this during the handover of equipment to SME owners on Thursday, arguing that Government wants to create a nation that can produce foods that can feed the nation rather than destroy it.
“As councillors, we always push to get something for our people because we understand the struggle people on the ground are experiencing but not those owning shebeens.”
Equipment worth N.dollars 150 000 was handed over to 12 SME owners from the Khomasdal Constituency.
The economic activities supported range from cookery, joinery and woodwork to printing and graphic design.
Mensah-Williams said the beneficiaries are proof that Namibian people are not asking Government for free hand-outs but instead for investment into their already functional businesses.
“We are assisting those who can meet Government half-way and try to reduce unemployment in the country.”
The Khomas Regional Council has supported 128 projects worth N.dollars 1.3 million in the Khomasdal Constituency alone since 2012, specifically targeting those who cannot access bank loans to expand their small businesses.
The Khomasdal Constituency tops the list of the 10 Khomas Region income-generating projects that have received support in the past seven years.
Chief Regional Officer for the Khomas Regional Council, Clement Mafwila said Government allocated N.dollars 2.5 million for the 2016/17 financial year to the regional council for it to assist its 10 constituency SMEs.
The figure for 2017/18 financial year is not yet finalised, Mafwila said.
(NAMPA)
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