25 Mar 2018 10:30am
OSHAKATI, 25 MAR (NAMPA) Oshakati has land available and youth, with bankable and viable proposals, must use the opportunity to apply for land for business purposes, Oshakati Mayor Angelus Iyambo said on Friday.
He was speaking during the first-ever consultative meeting between the Oshana Region Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) and the Oshakati Town Council.
Iyambo noted that the town qualifies for economic activities in numerous ways, mainly because of its strategic location and the population.
Oshakati is connected to all neighbouring towns by road infrastructure and this connection has been extended to SADC countries like Angola, South Africa, Zambia and others through the Trans-Kalahari Corridor.
These links contribute significantly to the growth of business activities of this town directly and indirectly and as youth, you should optimally use these available routes to your advantage and make the Namibian economy grow, the mayor advised.
He added that Oshakati has and will always accommodate business erven in its planning, particularly for small and medium enterprises, as these are the engines of the economic growth that the government strives for in its endeavour to realise Vision 2030 through national development plans.
I am convinced that Oshakati has many untapped business opportunities which require a business oriented mind to recognise and venture into.
Iyambo also urged the youth to go the extra mile and explore all possible business opportunities available, while encouraging them to visit the council offices to receive business information.
SPYL regional branch secretary Israel Twiihendeni concurred with the mayor and added that development that is not driven by the people and that does not translate into improved living conditions for town residents, is meaningless.
He however stressed that this development should also reach the informal areas around the town.
Informal settlements such as Otshoopala, Eeemwandi, Oshikango, amongst others, are where the majority of the masses reside and if it is possible, all effort aimed at improving the lives of people in the informal areas must be included in the mainstream of the town economy, Twiihendeni requested.
He suggested that tenders such as those for cleaning and other job creating opportunities should be allocated to inhabitants of these informal settlements, in order for them to not only contribute to development, but also to benefit financially.