18 December 2012

Namibia: Transition At Labour Ministry

Former Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Immanuel Ngatjizeko officially handed the reins of the ministry to the incoming minister, Doreen Sioka, yesterday.

Ngatjizeko is now the Minister of Safety and Security, after a Cabinet reshuffle on December 04. Ngatjizeko briefed Sioka on all pending projects in the ministry, which include the implementation of the Employment Service Act and the finalisation of the review of the Employment Policy, as well as the drafting of the Employment Guidelines.

The guidelines will oblige institutions wishing to secure contracts for the delivery of goods and services to the state to adhere to specific employment conditions. Ngatjizeko also touched on the progress made in the drafting of the Employment Creation Bill, which is currently with the Cabinet Committee on Legislation.

The new labour minister Sioka said the word "implementation" will become the operative word during her tenure and will guide all her actions. "We should implement and implement. If we make mistakes they can be rectified at a later stage," she said.

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