Hundreds flock to Swapo headquarters hoping for employment

01 Jul 2019 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 01 JUL (NAMPA) – Hundreds of people on Monday flocked to the Swapo head office in Katutura as early as 05h00 hoping to secure employment during the upgrading of the party’s headquarters.
The upgrade, which commenced a few weeks ago, is being carried out by Unik Construction Engineering.
The head of operations at the site, who refused to provide his name, explained that the company is not recruiting employees currently as it is busy doing ground work in preparation for laying the foundation.
He said they are mostly using machines and not a lot of people are required.
He said they will only start recruiting people in two months’ time.
“Right now we are only dealing with technical things. As you can see we are still digging using heavy machines, there is nothing for them now,” he said.
Thomas Shingola from One Nation informal settlement, who arrived at the site at 05h00, said he heard from friends about the recruitment.
“I was told that the Chinese will employ a lot of people today and I came early hoping to be the first in the queue, but I already found a lot people here. I thought I would be one of the lucky ones,” he said.
Shindano Daniel from the Havana informal settlement said he only arrived at the site at 08h00 because he had to walk.
Daniel said he does not have any qualifications as he only went up to Grade 9 13 years ago. He has also not managed to secure employment since he came to Windhoek six years ago.
Kashikola Mengela, originally from Onamunama in northern Namibia, said he just wants a job to support himself and send something back home as there is nothing to be harvested due to the drought.