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595 people have registered for the Conditional Basic Income Grant at Otavi. 

The Otavi Constituency Office is compiling a report for consideration by the Ministry of Gender, Poverty Eradication, and Social Welfare. 

Okahandja and Otjiwarongo have already started with the grant as part of the pilot project.

Otavi Constituency Councillor George !Garab also wants Otavi residents who are unable to sustain themselves to benefit from the grant.

Following the registration, a report will be compiled and handed to the Poverty Eradication Ministry for consideration.

One of the criteria to be registered for the grant is that one must have no source of income.

There are other vulnerable people who need assistance but do not qualify for the Basic Income Grant because they are registered for marginalised grants.

"We are talking about the San and Ovatua; you know these groups. We take a decision. I made a decision, and I got the volunteers. We went all over our constituency and started registering, and up to now, we have registered 468 marginalised communities that are vulnerable and need this assistance. In a nutshell, it says that when we deal with the Appropriation Bill, we are talking about the Ministry of Gender and the Office of the Prime Minister being adequately funded because all over Namibia, when we are in need, we are funded through the office of the prime minister." 

The councillor says there is a need for the vulnerability grant to be revised as the N$150 will not meet the needs of the beneficiaries. 

2,595 vulnerable people were registered at the Otavi Constituency Office.
 
In the meantime, !Garab is calling on the parents to try their best to look after the children and ensure that they remain in school.

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