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13 000 census jobs: NSA throws lifeline to rural areas

The Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) has announced that libraries, rural information, communication and technology centres, and constituency offices have been made available to assist those without technological devices to apply online for 13 000 census temporary jobs.

This follows the /Khomanin community decrying their exclusion from the online recruitment process and comes after senior traditional councillor Walter Haseb expressed dissatisfaction with the process.

The NSA has so far received 60 000 applications for 13 000 temporary census jobs as the recruitment deadline on Friday draws near, in yet another example of a scramble for jobs.

NSA statistician general Alex Shimuafeni says the recruitment drive targets unemployed youth and will not consider applications from fully employed Namibians or those younger than 18.

“We have a serious concern with the census recruitment being online,” Haseb said last week.

He said many young people in his community lack access to the internet and devices, making it difficult for them to apply online.

“Based on media reports and listening to the radio, this concern is not only limited to the /Khomanin community, but also affects other rural areas where people do not have facilities,” he said.

The /Khomanin Traditional Authority has in the meantime said it wants the recruitment process stopped so that “everyone can apply without difficulty”.

“Unless the NSA deliberately wants to exclude the /Khomanin people, we strongly suggest that the census be put on hold and that proper consultation be done to ensure all people from rural areas are fairly incorporated in the recruitment process.