Ordinary Namibians speak out ahead of State of the Nation Address

April 10, 2018, 5:26pm

President Hage Geingob is expected to deliver his State of the Nation Address (SONA) today midst growing unemployment and a general melt-down of the economy and expectations are high that he will touch on burning issues and chart the way-forward.

Various Namibians that spoke to this publication expressed a growing impatience and indicated that the economy and working conditions should be at the core of this year’s SONA.

The country’s GDP weakened sharply last year for the first time in the last 25 years sending companies shutting down, with others retrenching and recent statistics show that an estimated 60 000 employed Namibians were thrown to the streets last year.

Government has responded to the shocks by cutting down on its expenditure, pumping money into the social sectors and going to China for possible investments and loans to aid the struggling economy.

Speaking to The Villager ahead of the SONA, an unemployed car guard identified only as David Koopar said youth employment should be the focus for the president this afternoon.

“He has to talk about taking people out out of poverty. He is the last man and he should be able to take people from poverty. He also has to talk about shifting some old people above 70 years out of parliament and put in younger people who know how to run things,” he said.

Another shopper who The Villager caught up with at Checkers Klein Windhoek identified as Kevin pointed at job creation as the basis of the SONA.