The Social Security Commission’s Development Fund (SSC-DF) committed in N$ 2, 5 million towards employment creation in the Ohangwena Region during 2013.
SSC Corporate Communications Officer Anthea Olivier said the funds were managed by Premiere Investments in partnership with the National Youth Council and the Ohangwena Regional Youth Forum.
“It is with great pleasure that we can report back that this project is going strong and we are enthused with the results so far. The funds had been used to establish an organization that operates as a business growing and supplying crops to identified local markets. Secondly the funds also enabled them to create employment for 20 unemployed youth,” she said.
The project is based in the Onehanga Village, 30km east of Okongo, and to-date the project has created 20 permanent jobs, constructed dormitories for the youth working at the project, installed an irrigation system and solar panels and commenced with the planting of its first crops.
“We are extremely happy to be of service, not only because of Premiere Investments and the Youth Council’s and forum’s continued efforts to uplift the youth in the region, but also because the Forum aims to, through the successful implementation of this project, create a sustainable business that will offer permanent employment to its members as well as provide substantial community benefit. Success stories like this make it worthwhile,” she added.
The youth members will become active contributors to the Social Security Commission and their contributions will in turn assist the SSC to support more worthwhile community based initiatives.
The SSC DF provides financial assistance in the form of grants, soft loans or a combination of both to deserving, innovative, community based and driven projects or schemes which have great potential to create employment for the socio- economically disadvantaged Namibian who are unemployed.