Namibia Economist (Windhoek)

18 January 2013

Namibia: From Sitting On the Side to Finding Work

Creating employment opportunities for unemployed Namibians is one of Bank Windhoek's social investment focus areas. This support government efforts such as TIPEEG to reduce unemployment especially amongst the youth and disadvantaged Namibians in order to reach the goals and objectives of Namibia's Vision 2030.

It is for this reason that Bank Windhoek continues to support Men-on-the-Side-of-the-Road (MSR) for 2013 with N$128,980. More than 200 unemployed men, at the more than 100 job seeking sites around Windhoek are expected to benefit from the support.

MSR was established in 2007 to create jobs and training opportunities to men who sit on the side of road waiting for work. MSR also works in partnership with training providers, government ministries and private organisations to develop the skills, attitudes and aptitudes, required by MSR members, for work and self-employment.

"We have a long standing partnership with Bank Windhoek and we are immensely grateful for their support. The funds will be used to strengthen our Employment Scheme to create more job opportunities for our members and to provide them with the necessary skills to get and keep a job. We will also use the funds for overhead costs, such as rent, telephone and electricity bills" said Janet Wicks, General Manager of MSR.

"Bank Windhoek is very proud to be associated with MSR. They are truly making a difference in creating job opportunities for the unemployed by sending their CVs and connecting them to potential employers, [and by] providing training and preparing them for the job market," said Elzita Beukes, a Communication Practitioner at the bank.

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