POVERTY AND INEQUALITY FAR FROM OVER

NAMIBIA: LIVELIHOODS/NBC/15/3/18 SABANews 1

WINDHOEK – With income disparities ranging as high as 58 percent countrywide, poverty and inequalities remain the major concerns in NAMIBIA, even after independence on 21 MARCH 1990.

Poverty-stricken families lack decent livelihoods

NBC News says the Household Income and Expenditure Survey of TWO years ago (2015 to 2016) shows had then dropped by TWO percent from 60 to 58 percent.

KUNENE, OMAHEKE, KAVANGO EAST and WEST, as well as ZAMBEZI are the regions with the highest levels of poverty, compared to the provinces of KHOMAS, ERONGO, HARDAP, OSHANA, and KARAS.

The national broadcaster says the survey further shows poverty is most prevalent in rural areas of the country than in towns and cities.

The Household Income and Expenditure Survey says 36-POINT-THREE percent of most household incomes go towards food and drinks at, while 31-POINT-EIGHT percent is spent on other domestic expenses.

SEVEN-POINT-FIVE percent of income cover transport and communication, and families only spend about FIVE-POINT-THREE percent of their incomes on furniture and equipment.

Health expenditures consume the least at ONE-POINT-SIX percent, after education at TWO-POINT-SIX percent and clothing at FOUR percent.

However, rural households have been found to spend more than HALF their income on food and beverage.

The NAMIBIA Household Income and Expenditure Survey, launched WEDNESDAY in the OSHANA Region, says male-headed households earn much more than female-led families./Sabanews/cam

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