KEETMANSHOOP: Keetmanshoop deputy mayor Gabriel Freyer has invited unemployed graduates of the Women’s Action for Development (WAD) training programmes to approach the council for assistance to start businesses.
Speaking during the 6th WAD graduation ceremony here on Friday, Freyer said they should approach the municipality with their business proposals and curriculum vitae (CVs) so that the council can try to assist them with sponsorships, employment or advice on how to run their own successful businesses.
“I will be the first one to ask you what you want, and how can I help you,” he promised.
After two months of training, a total of 145 unemployed youth, mostly women, received certificates in courses such as tailoring and computer literacy.
He noted that it is very disturbing to learn that the Karas Region is experiencing an increase in the number of gender-based violence cases.
Referring to the female graduates, Freyer said any violence against them should be reported to the police.
“If you get a job and face abuse perhaps because of your money, report it to the police. Women should know that they owe nothing to men, thus should not succumb to their abuse,” he advised.
The deputy mayor is, however, pleased that there were no cases of baby dumping reported in Karas in 2011 and this year.
Also speaking at the same event, Old Mutual’s Keetmanshoop branch manager McDonald William Hans invited unemployed graduates to approach his office too for employment opportunities.
Old Mutual was one of WAD’s sponsors for the graduation ceremony here.
On his part, Karas Regional Governor Bernardus Swartbooi encouraged the graduates to venture into business.
Swartbooi said there are business parks in the region that people who want to start small businesses can rent for self-employment and economic empowerment.
Graduates interviewed by Nampa after the event expressed their deepest appreciation towards WAD for availing the opportunity to gain skills and certificates.
They requested the organisation to introduce more courses, such as advanced computer training and in other fields.
“I think they should introduce more courses so that more youth can join and stay off the streets. That will also reduce crime in the region,” said one of the female graduates, who preferred anonymity.