Marthina Mutanga & Samuel Shinedima
THE pressure of unemployment in Namibia became more tangible when approximately 4 000 young people turned up at Windhoek Central Hospital and Katurura State Hospital to apply for only 15 positions as general cleaners.
When Informanté arrived at the venue, a huge crowd had formed while the young people formed lines that stretched from the main doors of the hospitals to the sidewalks outside the main gates of the facilities. Some of the hopeful youths started queuing from when they arrived at the venues before five in the morning.
“There were only 15 vacancies put up on the notice boards but it seems like someone called around and now everyone has arrived here to apply for the positions.” said one of the hopeful young people.
Statistics about Namibia’s unemployment rate shows that it decreased to 33.40 percent in 2018 from 34 percent in 2016. The rate averaged 27.94 percent from 1997 until 2018, reaching an all-time high of 37.60 percent in 2008 and a record low of 19.50 percent in 1997.