Close to 600 young people from the Kavango West Region have been recruited as casual workers to clear a 20-hectare plot at Nkurenkuru for the construction of a stadium and a multipurpose youth centre.
Speaking to Nampa yesterday, Regional Youth Officer Anna-Marie Kasela said the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service (MSYNS) decided to ensure local youth are employed in contributing to the process.
“The young people are being paid N.dollars 116 per day each for 15 days. For the 2023/24 financial year, N.dollars 2 million was allocated for clearing as well as basic services such as water and electricity to be installed,” Kasela said.
She said an extra N.dollars 10 million was allocated for the construction of a football pitch, netball as well as volleyball courts.
Kasela said the unemployed youth will clear the piece of land after which bulldozers will be brought in to finish the work.
Kasela says the high number of unemployed youth is of great concern, and called on other ministries and stakeholders to equally afford unskilled young people opportunities to earn through gainful employment where these arise.
Source: The Namibian Press Agency