Bank Windhoek has availed N$128 000 to Men-on-the-Side-of-the-Road (MSR) in a bid to provide opportunities for hawkers who look for jobs by standing at the street corners to get employment opportunities.
According to the bank, the contribution is part of its way of contributing to the government bid to cut down runaway unemployment.
“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,” a statement from bank said.
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 members, for work and self-employment.
Janet Wicks, General Manager of MSR said “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.”
She added that “Bank Windhoek is very proud to be associated with MSR. They are truly making a difference in creating job opportunities for the unemployment men by sending their CVs and connecting them to potential employers, provide training and preparing them for the job market,” said Elzita Beukes, Communication Practitioner for Stakeholder Engagement at Bank Windhoek.