Speaking during the ceremony, Matsi said the transport sector in Walvis Bay has a big impact on the national economy of Namibia due to the town’s port serving many landlocked countries.
He said the Port of Walvis Bay is amongst the leading and largest ports in Africa, serving as a source point for various transport corridors to surrounding landlocked countries.
With approximately 3 000 vessel calls and handling of about five million tonnes of cargo each year, Matsi stated the Namibian Government, therefore, recognised the importance of the logistics’ sector to the national economy through its fourth National Development Plan (NDP4).
“Government has recognised the crucial role performed by the logistics’ and transport sector, and therefore the important contribution made by the transport workers in this equation.
As a result, the entire transport industry must equally recognise and accept the fundamental role played by the workers, as well as treat workers with respect,” he said.
Matsi noted that corruption remains a ‘thorn in the flesh’ of the country’s development process, because corruption frustrates service delivery and community development.
He added that numerous cases have been raised in the media, and the relative authorities have addressed some of these instances and continues to pay attention to these concerns raised.
“We all know these cases are of different magnitude considering the quantum of monies or goods involved. However, the workers must be the eyes and ears of our people to timely report such instances to the appropriate authority,” Matsi appealed.
The new office will address the queries of its members and ensure their protection, as well as securing the interests of workers.