Namibia records major job loss amid COVID-19

Unemployment in Africa.PHOTO/Reuters


Unemployment in Africa.PHOTO/Reuters

Namibia witnessed a major loss of jobs in the first quarter of this year, according to the Ministry of Labor, Industrial Relations, and Employment Creation.

The report says that in the first quarter of the 2020/2021 financial year, 5,748 people lost their jobs with 388 employers.

“Of these employees, 1,816 were retrenched due to COVID-19-related reasons while 3,932 were retrenched due to other reasons,” the report, issued on Tuesday, said.

The ministry said it will continue playing a leading role in the country’s labor and employment sector amid the challenging time of COVID-19.