Omaheke embarks on business pitching training

The Omaheke Innovation Village (The O-SPACE) on Wednesday commenced a three-day business pitching training for twenty-three Technical and Vocational Education and Training students who applied for the incubation programme.

The business pitching training aims to bring together all 23 shortlisted applicants for the vocational market programme. They will receive basic knowledge, tips, and skills on how to professionally pitch their business ideas and will be guided to their official pitching day, where they will present to a selection jury for a chance to be in the final selection.

The O-SPACE Vocational Market programme will then support the incubators to become or upscale into fully trading entrepreneurs. According to Brenda Tjijombo, a board member of the O-Space Vocational Market, the selection of the seven graduates will be based on various aspects such as good innovative business ideas and leadership traits.

‘We are a non-governmental organisation that focuses on socio-economic programmes like combating
youth unemployment and economic emancipation. We aim to support our technical and vocational education and training sector by meeting the government halfway; we aim to nurture employers rather than employees with this programme,’ she said.

‘With these mentorship programmes, we are equipping those seven graduates with the necessary skills and tools. This programme runs parallel with other programmes at the village aimed at mitigating social issues such as malnutrition and safeguarding food security in the region,’ she added.

Tjijombo further stated that if this programme succeeds, they dream of extending it to the rest of the country to benefit more young people.

This training is fully funded by the Social Security Commission of Namibia, represented by Chris Tjijahura, who noted that the commission has allocated N.dollars 350 000 for this programme, translating to each graduate receiving N.dollars 50 000 at the end of the incubation period.

During the first six months, the incubators will be equipped with
various entrepreneurial skills, while in the last six months of the training, they will begin producing and selling their products and providing services to the people of the Omaheke region.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Swakopmund mayor wants public buses for safety

The Office of the Swakopmund Mayor has proposed the introduction of buses as a mode of public transportation around Swakopmund to tackle criminal activities.

The arrangement, documented in a council agenda as proposed by the mayor’s office at a council meeting in January 2024, will be conducted in partnership with a security firm to increase the visibility of security personnel.

According to the document, Swakopmund has been experiencing various safety and security issues over the years, including shoplifting, armed robberies, and housebreaking.

‘In light of this, the council introduced the Swakopmund Safety Forum, where various key stakeholders host monthly meetings to discuss ways to combat the increase in criminal activities within the town of Swakopmund. Nonetheless, a lot of effort has been made in terms of safety and security within the town of Swakopmund,’ the document noted.

It further added that there is still room for improvement as safety and security are crucial to society, and it is the respo
nsibility of the council to ensure the total well-being of the inhabitants.

The Mayor’s Office recommended the establishment and provision of public transportation for the public focus on assisting learners, the elderly, and domestic workers, who may be vulnerable and unable to afford the normal taxi fare. This, according to the agenda, could reduce the current daily N.dollars 26 and a possible monthly N.dollars 600 per individual.

‘The identified target group do not earn or only earn a bare minimum on a monthly basis and are thus unable to afford the current taxi fares. As a result, it has been noted that some learners and some of the domestic workers walk to their place of destination during the early hours while it is dark, and this poses a security risk.’

In an interview with Nampa, Frieda Elago, who is employed as a domestic worker in the town’s Ocean View residential area, said should the plans come to fruition, it would really be life-changing for her and many others.

‘We live in constant fear for
our lives because we sometimes have to walk from Ocean View to DRC Informal Settlement, where we live because we cannot afford daily taxi fare,’ she said.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency