Imports lessen local sales: Kameeta

06 Mar 2019 14:00pm
WINDHOEK, 06 MAR (NAMPA) - Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare Minister, Zephania Kameeta has said imports of goods and services cause sales of local businesses to decrease.
He made the remarks when he received 50 boxes of eggs worth N.dollars 35 000 from Waldschmidt Eggs on behalf of his ministry here Wednesday.
This comes after Kameeta received a letter from the general manager of that company, Eckhard Waldschmidt to offer the donation.
Kameeta said, in the letter, Waldschmidt explained that the company “has produced so much but you [Waldschmidt Eggs] cannot sell because a lot of eggs come from South Africa. It is a tragedy. We should make sure what we produced here does not go to waste.”
The minister further noted that small-scale farmers in the northern parts of Namibia are experiencing the same thing.
“While they are producing mahangu, we import mahangu from outside,” he added.
Kameeta however said that he wants to raise the matter with the Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development, Tjekero Tweya, and President Hage Geingob for a change to happen.
The donation, he announced, will go to 50 different charity organisations which amongst others include the Lidar Community Foundation, Katutura Old Age Home, and Hand-in-Hand for Africa soup kitchen, Ephesians Gospel Mission Church, as well as the Orange Babies Circle for Care.
Although the economy is not at its peak this donation should encourage other businesses because “with the economic crisis came drought and people are feeling it.”