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Windhoek aims to be a smart and caring city by 2022

by Rosalia David

Windhoek Mayor Muesee Kazapua said they aim to transform Windhoek into a smart and caring town by 2022.

Kazapua said this when he opened the sixth Southern Africa Regional Youth Forum (SARYF) held yesterday in Windhoek.

The theme for this year is year's event that has been organised by the youth ministry is Youth Participation Towards Social Justice.

Youth from several southern African countries are attending the event.

The SARYF which aims to deepen topics concerning the Youth in Southern Africa officially started today and will end on the 13th of October.

Muesee Kazapua explained that the City does not only aim to improve many residents life’s but also targets to be a smart and caring city by the year 2022 saying that the city has committed itself to enhance the quality of life b creating initiatives that will assist the Namibian youth.

“To reach our 2022 vision, we crafted a Youth Development Policy to guide and efficiently respond to the needs and aspirations of our young residents.

"This policy seeks to address amongst many other issues such as unemployment, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS pandemic, insufficient recreational facilities and resource limitations including gender-based violence,” Kazapua said.

He further noted that the Youth Policy also seeks to guide the youth in identifying and interrogating social and civic responsibility initiatives for their benefit.

The policy also affirms the significance of the youth as well as the critical role they play in the advancement of the community in the City.

According to Kazapua, Windhoek also launched a Youth Entrepreneurship Development Programme aiming to assist the youth with the integration in the mainstream of the Namibian economy.

“The Youth entrepreneurship development strategy will roll out activities monthly, and the programme aims to encourage the young people to register for the youth entrepreneurship programme,” he noted.

Adding that, after registering for the programme the city then offered them an opportunity to explore their business ideas further while advising them to develop and write their business plans.