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NEW ERA Declining PSCE a sign of prevailing pressure Page 15 Regulatory board to fast-track probe into KPMG’s work for Gupta family Page 16 INSIDE USINESS This news is your business 'Ongwediva business survey will help avoid unviable businesses' Jackson Muma Photo: Nampa Ongwediva residents have welcomed the town’s Business Survey, saying it will be a great step in ensuring that no unnecessary businesses are set up. gwediva started Saturday and will be conducted by the Ongwediva Town Council’s Department of Economic Development and Community Services in collaboration with the Namibia Statistics Agency. In an interview with Nampa on Sunday, Hanover resident Monica Nhoni observed that a number of businesses were set up in the town, but closed down shortly afterwards, as there was not enough research done to “Not all businesses are suitable in all towns because the market and town’s needs are not always the same. So, good research is needed before one sets up a business which The survey is expected to run until 24 October this year. Ongwediva Town Council Corporate told this news agency last week the survey is aimed at determining the history, current and future state of the town with the input of the community. the ideas and opinions of Ongwediva residents and [business] owners,” Muma said. Lukas Tuhadeleni, a resident of Prestige residential area, said there was a need for lighter entertainment (less alcohol) for the youth to counter the growth of alcohol serving places that keep increasing and this survey is just the right platform to give these views. “We would like to see more spots similar to Bennies Entertainment Park, where both the young and old can just hang out and have a good time and not experience the violence, drug and alcohol abuse some bars have to offer,” Tuhadeleni suggested. This survey will include randomly selected residents and property owners who are 18 years and older, who will be requested to respond to a number of questions including the types of businesses residents would like to have or set up, among others. – Nampa PM denies hand in HKIA upgrade tender award Staff Reporter Windhoek Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has denied allegations that she instructed the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works and Transport to award a contract for the Hosea Kutako International Airport upgrade to a Chinese company. In a statement issued yesterday, of the Prime Minister, Saima Shaanika, dismissed allegations making the rounds that the Prime Minister instructed the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works and Transport, Willem Goeiemann, to award the contract for the Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA) upgrade to a Chinese company. She said the Prime Minister wishes to inform the nation that these allegations are baseless and devoid of any truth. “The Prime Minister does not issue directives on the awarding of public contract tenders, and she has not, at any time, given instructions to award the contract for this project. Allegations to that effect are, therefore, malicious and are rejected with the contempt that they deserve,” Shaanika said. Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila Photo: Nampa Other allegations are that cer- made scapegoats for wrongdoings committed by politicians regarding the handling of certain government projects, or that they Financial Inclusion Survey commences Staff Reporter Windhoek The Namibia Statistics Agency and the Bank of Namibia, in collaboration with FinMark Trust of South Africa, will be conducting the fourth Namibia Financial Inclusion Survey (NFIS) to collect information people of Namibia. The survey will be conducted to indicate exactly how accessible financial services and products are, and how affordable these are to all members of the society, including the vulnerable members such as women, youth and low-income groups. While the 2017 round of the NFIS will be the fourth such survey to be conducted in the NSA conducts it, as previous surveys were conducted by FinMark Trust and coordinated by the Bank of Namibia. The survey will not cover all households in the country but will be conducted only on randomly selected households aided by the use of Geographic Information System (GIS). The survey will be conducted through face-to-face interviews that will be administered by NSA staff. The survey will be divided phase will take place from 2 to 24 October and then the interview phase will be conducted in selected households from 24 October to 13 November in all 14 regions. “Conducting the NFI Survey successfully depends on each of were treated with leniency on account of their association with the Prime Minister. In this regard, Shaanika noted that the Prime Minister has always advised that those who think they Alex Shimuafeni us contributing their part. The emphasis is on full participation in this survey. The nation is urged not to refuse to participate in this survey, as such is a violation of the Statistics Act 9 of 2011, which empowers NSA to collect information for statistical purposes and protects information that is being collected. It is not only our duty to participate as citizens but also our duty to enable Namibia have evidence of corrupt practices their evidence to the relevant state institutions that are empowered to deal with such cases so that appropriate action is taken. “People making such allega- projects are advised to do that,” she reacted. She further said the Prime Minister pointed out that accountability procedures in the public sector in regard to the discharge of administration duties and functions are carried out by designated persons under the relevant state laws and the procedures thereunder. She explained that the laws clearly stipulate how public of- and politicians are no exception in this regard. Moreover, she said allegations of favouritism or victimisation of civil servants by the Prime Minister in the administration of the accountability procedures is thus misleading and malicious, and is strongly rejected. “It is damaging to the public interest when certain persons use their positions of public trust to deliberately misinform the public in an attempt to damage the public image of others,” she noted. Photo: Nampa to have sound information on which crucial policy decisions can be made. will be used to effectively evaluate and monitor the progress importantly it will provide up-to-date data on access to and products,” said Statistician General and CEO of the NSA, Alex Shimuafeni.