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Youth league negotiates cheaper travel

Immanuel Nashinge, SPYL Secretary for Economic Affairs, Eliphas Shivute, Finance and Operations Manager at Namibia Contract Haulage and Job Amupanda, SPYL Secretary for Information, Publicity and Mobilization at the announcement of the transport benefit package. (Photograph by Hilmah Hashange)

Immanuel Nashinge, SPYL Secretary for Economic Affairs, Eliphas Shivute, Finance and Operations Manager at Namibia Contract Haulage and Job Amupanda, SPYL Secretary for Information, Publicity and Mobilization at the announcement of the transport benefit package. (Photograph by Hilmah Hashange)

The Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) Executive Commitee announced on Wednesday  that it has partnered with Swapo-owned transport company, Namibia Contract Haulage (NCH) to develop a beneficial transportation package for the youth and elders in the country.
According to Secretary for Information, Publicity and Mobilization, Job Amupanda, all young people under the age of 35, are now entitled to a 10% discount on their bookings when using the NCH buses.
As a way of addressing the challenges facing the youth especially transport, the Youth League saw it necessary to engage a reliable partner in the transportation industry to provide the youth with a beneficial package. “All you need to do is provide your identification card or passport upon booking for a ticket at the NCH offices and you immediately receive your 10% discount,” said Amupanda.
The discounts are effective as of 1 May 2013. All women, people living with disabilities as well as elders above 50 also benefit from the 10% discount.
Amupanda noted that women are included in the discount package as they represented a high number of unemployed individuals in the country.”The discount applies to all Namibians and non-Namibians who wish to make use of buses to travel to any destination in the country,” Amupanda added.
To prevent unqualified people from claiming the discount, Amupanda said that proper identification will be required not only to make the bookings but also upon boarding of the bus.
“We don’t want people sending their children to buy tickets on their behalf just so that they can claim the discount hence proper identification must be produced by the individual when boarding the bus,” he said.
Namibia Contract Haulage has a fleet of 25 buses and is generally considered a safe and cheap form of long distance transportation. The buses transport passengers to various routes accross the  northern regions with Ruacana being the furthest, at a price of N$200 per trip from Windhoek.

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