13 December 2012

Namibia: 'Struggle Kids' Secure Agriculture Jobs

THE Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry could only give 28 jobs to the co-called ‘struggle kids’ – far fewer than the 60 expected by the group.

The ministry handed over 28 appointment letters to individuals in the group amid a demonstration at its offices yesterday.

The group said they were promised 60 jobs in the ministry without any “competition or shortlisting”, according to a petition they handed over to the media.

“We have already been allocated jobs, we are now just waiting for the appointment letters,” said their ‘camp acting chairperson’, Petrus Nendongo.

He said they were promised 154 appointment letters and they want the remaining 60 before December 20.

“[The] prime minister had requested you (Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry) to identify and budget all entry posts of vacancies in the ministry in response to the Prime Minister’s request,” their petition reads.

“We got allocated in this ministry according to the availability of all submitted and budgeted entry posts such as clerk assistants, clerk watchmen, handiwork, labourers, etc.

Nendongo told The Namibian that the perception of the ‘struggle kids’ as uneducated is false. “The majority here are educated. I for one have Grade 12,” he said.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture’s senior human resources practitioner, Theresa !Aochamus, 28 appointment letters were handed over to the ‘struggle kids’ yesterday. She said the ministry’s had no more vacancies.

“We have appointed some clerical assistants, those who have at least Grade 10. The majority are workmen and labourers. Unfortunately, most of them do not comply with the minimum qualification of Grade 10 for the clerical and other positions. We at the ministry have certain regulations that need to be met when making appointments, even in special cases like these,” said Aochamus.

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