WINDHOEK: Khomas Regional Police Commanding Officer, Commissioner Festus Shilongo says the police will continue enforcing the Liquor Act of 1998 by closing all illegal shebeens in the capital and other towns in the region.
Shilongo said at a media briefing here today that he has once again instructed all Khomas-based police station commanders to start closing down illegal shebeens in their respective areas.
He said they will not only concentrate on the closing-down of the illegal shebeens, their operations will also ascertain whether the sale of liquor at bottle stores and authorised dealers is being done within the confines of the country’s laws.
Equally, the police in the Khomas Region will see to it that no person drinks alcohol while on the streets or outside bottle stores.
Shilongo made it clear that the continuation of the enforcement of the provisions of the Liquor Act of 1998 has nothing to do with politics, and said it should not be politicised by members of the public.
Minister of Labour and Social Welfare Immanuel Ngatjizeko today called on the Social Security Commission (SSC) to expand social security coverage to the informal sector.
Opening a one-day workshop on the SSC’s Strategic Plan for the period 2012 to 2017 in the capital, Ngatjizeko said the SSC Board of Commissioners must also operationalise its National Pension Fund (NPF) and National Medical Benefit Fund (NMBF).
The NPF is aimed at providing pension benefits to all employees that are members, while the NMBF is to pay medical benefits to all members.
Ngatjizeko said research on the implementation of both the NPF and the NMBF has gained momentum and are at an advanced stage, adding that the SSC will soon open public consultations on the proposed designs of these schemes for input before submitting it to his ministry.
He further called on the SSC to enhance stakeholder relationships while strengthening public education and strategic alliances.