4 NEWS Tuesday, June 7 2017 | NEW ERA Youth should preserve culture – Nguvauva Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek OvaMbanderu Chief Kilus Munjuku III Nguvauva has encouraged OvaMbanderu/ OvaHerero youth to preserve the rich cultural heritage of their tribe’s by incorporating it into their daily activities. Speaking in Mosu village, Botswana last weekend during the annual Ovaherero, Ovambanderu and Ovahimba Cultural Day, he said: “As we learn and celebrate our past, including our culture, let us not forget the youth as an agent of change. Your main task is to make yourselves the architects of the future.” “You owe this community a better future,” he underscored and beseeched the younger generation to think beyond what they have achieved and come up with new strategies that will make the two ethnic groups relevant and prosperous, in both socio-cultural developments, as well as political and economic advancement. “Let the event not only be a reminder of how difficult we have transverse as a people but also the beginning of another wonderful period for us,” he said, adding that the time of peaceful, harmonious co-existence and reconciling of what might be anticooperative behaviour and/or actions, or anything perceived as antagonistic to each other, had come. OvaMbanderu and OvaHerero people found themselves in a much-compromised cultural situation due to the effects of Germany’s colonial war fought in then German South West Africa some 130 years ago, noted the chief. It was not out of pleasure [that they fled to] many parts of Southern Africa, such as Botswana and South Africa, “but through the force of the gun and torture, which led to most parts of our heritage and culture being lost in the process,” he observed. He said it is essential to the happiness of the community to have their youngsters organising and celebrating their culture and being. He said it was because of the afore-mentioned problems that the OvaMbanderu Traditional Authority (OTA) resolved to join the Namibian Campaign to keep San learners in school Ngaevarue Katjangua Windhoek The annual ‘Back to School, Stay in School’ campaign aimed at marginalised San, Ovatue and Ovatjimba learners has been progressing well in 2017 with assistance from various corporates. The campaign to support marginalised community learners was initiated as part of the San Development Programme to ensure learners from disadvantaged communities attend school and remain in school and as receive good an education as other Namibian children. The six-year-old campaign aims to encourage learners from marginalised communities to go to school and stay in school and renders assistance in the form of school fees, transport, monthly allowances, toiletries and accommodation fees. Various stakeholders on Tuesday made pledges towards the Back to School campaign, ranging from N,000 to N,000, as well as material support. Sponsors, such as First National Bank of Namibia, Namfisa, Oxygen Communications and the MVA Fund were among the many companies that made pledges to help the learners to acquire schoolbags, stationery and sanitary essentials. Speaking at the donors’ day event, education ambassador Lazarus Shiimi (widely known as Gazza), said the reason the campaign renders Photo: Contributed Preserving history… OvaMbanderu Chief Kilus Munjuku III Nguvauva and OvaHerero Chief Adv Vekuii Rukoro in Mosu village, Botswana during the annual Ovaherero, Ovambanderu and Ovahimba Cultural Day over the past weekend. government in the negotiations with the German government, along with other chiefs representing the descendants of victims of genocide. “My traditional authority has a representative on the Chief’s Forum, the acting chief, Mr Gerson Katjirua, and another representative on the technical committee and the negotiating team, Mr Ueriurika Freddy Nguvauva,” he reported. He further said they are demanding that Germany accept that the atrocities committed during the German colonial rule from 1884 until 1908 constitute an act of genocide. Secondly, he said, upon accepting the definition of genocide, they should apologise, show remorsey and finally agree to pay reparations. “These are the three critical demands we, together with the Namibian government, have put forth,” he stated, adding that they submitted assistance to marginalised learners is not to rip them away from their cultures, but to shape them into people who can balance culture and development. “We do not want to strip the marginalised learners, especially the San, of their culture. Nor do we want to kill the culture, but rather to make a culture which coexists with development,” Shiimi remarked. The campaign was established in 2010 by the Division of the Marginised Communities in the Office of the Prime Minister, tasked with the integration of marginalised communities into the a quantum to Germany, which should be for the benefit everyone, inclusive of the affected people in the diaspora. “This matter was discussed during the negotiations with the German government and further consultations will follow at the appropriate time,” he said. Nguvauva said community outreach programmes were undertaken recently in Namibia and would be extended to all affected communities in due course, inclusive of those in the diaspora. “I have a dedicated team who established a genocide sub-committee and should you require an extensive briefing on the status of the negotiations between the two governments and ourselves, kindly liaise with me, so-that I organise this committee to travel down to Botswana for extensive debriefings,” the chief advised. Back to school… From left Deputy Minister of Marginalised Communities Royal /Ui/o/o, education ambassador Lazarus Shiimi (Gazza), MVA Fund head of stakeholder management Niita Evaristus and Gerson Kamatuka, deputy director in the division Marginalised Communities, received the N,000 cheque. mainstream economy of the Namibian community. Addressing the public at the donors’ day event on the merits of noble campaign, Deputy Minister of Marginalised Communities Royal /Ui/o/o expressed gratitude for the financial and material support offered. “I want to express our gratitude for the financial and material support we have been receiving from our donors and I assure you that what you have been doing and continue to do is highly appreciated by the government of the Republic of Namibia,” /Ui/o/o said. Suspected poachers denied bail Alvine Kapitako Windhoek Four men arrested for suspected poaching activities near Khorixas on Saturday were yesterday denied bail in the Khorixas Magistrate’s Court where they appeared on seven charges. Head of administration at Khorixas Magistrate’s Court C.N. Shafuda said the four accused - Paulus Elia, 22, Eino Shilongo, 32, Uutoni Joas, 27, and Frans Vatileni, 31, - were charged on seven counts, including possession of firearm without license, discharge of firearms contravening section 32 (1) of Act 7 of 1996, attempted murder (assault), and possession of ammunition, contravening section 33 of Act 7 of 1996. “They were denied bail due to the seriousness of their case and because the case is of public interest,” confirmed Shafuda, who presided over the four accused’s case. The four men who also appeared in the Khorixas Magistrate’s Court on Monday will be brought back to court on July 6 to allow for further police investigation in the interim and for their application for legal services. One will apply for statefunded legal aid, while another will contract the services of his own lawyer and two will conduct their own defense, said Shafuda. Kunene regional crime investigation coordinator Deputy Commissioner Rudolf Kanyetu told New Era on Monday that the suspected poachers - who were arrested after a shoot-out with police - were observed for some time after the police were alerted to their presence in the bushes near Khorixas. “We suspect they were there with the aim of poaching and after being alerted to their presence we found them still moving,” Kanyetu said. Meanwhile, Shafuda explained that three other men appeared in the Khorixas Magistrate’s Court on Monday for similar charges. The three - men who are Theranus Ganeb, 42, Ronaldo Guibeb, 24, and Sem Ganeb, 60 - were arrested Friday in Khorixas for hunting of protected game (zebra). Their case was postponed to June 12 for plea and they were each granted bail of N,500. Matter of Fact In our edition of Farmers Forum yesterday, we wrongly indicated that the Boergoat auction slated for this Friday will take place at the Namboer Pens in Windhoek. The correct venue is the Agra/ Bank Windhoek Ring. We regret the error. - Editor
Wednesday, June 7 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 5 Namibia concerned about plight of Cubans Albertina Nakale Windhoek Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila says the plight of Cuban people will always remain a matter of interest to Namibia. She made the remarks yesterday, during the justended three day 5th Continental African Conference in Solidarity with Cuba held in Windhoek, which attracted over 170 African delegates and Cuban nationals. The conference aimed to strengthen the bonds of friendship between the people of Cuba and progressive peoples of the world by recognising the important work done in support of Cuba based on its solidarity actions. The three-day conference served as a platform for Cuba solidarity organisations to demand the lifting of the economic, financial and trade blockade against Cuba. The other demand was the return of the territory illegally occupied by the U.S Naval Base and jail in Guantanamo Bay, which were the two main obstacles to the country’s development. In this regard, she said Africa and in particular Namibia would continue to champion the cause of justice for all across the world, including the lifting of the unjust and debilitating economic and trade sanctions against Cuba, as well as the end to occupation of Guantanamo Bay. “Since our attainment of national independence, our government has consistently called for the lifting of the U.S. economic embargos against Cuba. At the African Union, Namibia has continued to sponsor resolutions to this effect,” she said. In addition, she said poverty alleviation could only be successfully achieved in a stable and peaceful environment. For Countries of the South, economic growth and sustainable development remained a priority. “Our socio-economic development will be achieved only if we maintain peace, justice and political stability on the African continent and the world at large. “Our international relations and cooperation must therefore embrace the spirit of Africa-Asia-Latino solidarity, through regional and continental integration, as well as mutual respect and peaceful coexistence among all nations of the world,” she maintained. Furthermore, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila urged Friendship Associations with Cuba to continue promoting projects that accelerate the realisation of Africa-Cuba cooperation. Equally, she called on common values, as both nations work in unison on international platforms to promote their international trade, better international relations and cooperation. The PM added this should include a more representative United Nations Security Council, and a more inclusive international financial and economic systems. Such systems would be supportive of a more equitable sharing of benefits from increased international trade and economic growth amongst all nations of the world, so as to end the continued economic marginalisation of Africa. Prominent Swapo liberation struggle icon, Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo, who is a patron of the Namibia-Cuba Friendship Association, said Africa’s solidarity with Cuba was born from their struggle and common ancestry. He noted the Cuban people had a proud history of struggle against foreign domination. Icon… Namibia-Cuba Friendship Association patron and liberation struggle hero Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo. Furthermore, the Cuban descendants of African slaves were an integral part of this struggle. “From the earliest days of the Cuban revolution, the Cuban government and the Cuban people, led by Comrade Fidel Castro, joined the struggle to liberate Africa from colonial and apartheid domination. The internationalist vision of Comrade Fidel and Comrade Che Guevara was not an abstraction,” Ya Toivo stated. The Cuban people embraced the struggles for the liberation of African peoples as their own, and Cuban internationalist volunteers in the tens of thousands came to Africa as soldiers, doctors Ten-year-old deserts school for dumpsite Matheus Hamutenya Keetmanshoop At only 10 years of age, Esley Stevenson has quit school after only having completed Grade 2 last year and now spends most of his time collecting garbage at the Keetmanshoop dumpsite. As he walks around with his bag collecting empty tins and cool drink bottles, he is the shortest of all the workers there, and his face shows his tender age. However, as New Era approached him to ask a few questions, he showed just why he fits in perfectly amongst the big boys. He said his name was Elrico Gertze, and that he lived with his grandmother, after both his parents died in 2008 and 2014 respectively. He cites this as the reason why he dropped out of school, because he does not receive financial support, and therefore spends his time at the dumpsite trying to make some money to sustain himself and his destitute grandmother. He maintains he wants to go back to school but he cannot due to poverty, which forces him to work even though it is for a pittance. But New Era soon realised, after speaking to one of the workers that all the details the 10 year old gave were untrue. Another person at the dumpsite, Elrico Van Der Westhuizen (27), said that both of the boy’s parents were alive and lived in Keetmanshoop’s Ileni area. He said the boy refused to go to school and would rather be with them at the dumpsite earning about N,200 a month, and that the boy was like one of the grown-ups, and even smoked tobacco like the other workers at the site. The boy’s mother, Dorothea Stevenson (39) sadly related how she had run out of ideas to get her child to attend school, and that her son whose real name is Esley Stevenson dropped out of school in Grade 2. “He started Grade 3 here at Don Bosco primary school, but he soon left school because he says he just does not want to go to school anymore. We do not know what to do,” she said. Speaking just outside a tiny shack, which accommodates all seven of them, Stevenson said it was heart-breaking to see her child throw away his future like that. She was also concerned that her child was using drugs as he sometimes came home looking drunk and shouted and swore at everyone. “He gives us problems even at home. He sometimes comes home and starts insulting us, and some of the boys have informed me that he smokes dagga. It is a serious problem, but I do not know what to do,” she said. She was however quick to take responsibility, saying she and her husband, who is the father of the boy might be to blame for the situation as they have not created the right environment at home for their five children. She said although her husband finds casual jobs repairing cars, he does not use the money to take care of the house and the children, as they are left to depend on the small social grant from the government, and the little she makes as a part-time domestic worker, which she Photo: Matheus Hamutenya Distraught… Stevenson stands at the family’s tiny shack with her last child. says is not enough. “He drinks a lot. Most of the income he makes goes to alcohol, and we argue when he gets drunk and he insults me in front of the children,” she said. and in other capacities to fight for the liberation of the entire African continent. He said Cuban internationalism is felt daily in African countries, as medical personnel, agricultural specialists, architects and sports specialists render services to contribute to the improvement of the lives of people. “The deep bonds forged between the people of Cuba and the peoples of Africa are unbreakable,” he remarked. Like many other countries he said, Namibia’s and Cuba’s relationship was forged in the struggle for liberation, and added that the sacrifices the Cuban people made for Namibia to achieve its Independence were too great to quantify, because it was difficult to imagine the Swapo victory without the friendship of Cuba. “In our struggle, as in many others, the Cuban people showed the world the true meaning of friendship and international solidarity among the peoples. Some may find it hard to believe that the people of a small island in the Caribbean could open their hearts to the peoples of so many far away nations as if they are members of their family. “But Cuba has done this. Cuba has understood that all of humankind is a family and it has embraced us all as blood brothers and sisters,” he concluded. Prosperity roasted over hire and fire policy Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek Namibia Financial Institutions Union (Nafinu) secretary general Asnath Zamuee has sent out a stern warning of possible demonstrations against Prosperity Health Namibia should it continue with its purported “hire and fire tendencies.” In the letter to Prosperity Health Namibia managing director Bertus Struwing last month, Zamuee said the union had observed a tendency by the company to “hire and fire”, which was highly worrisome. “Our members live in fear at your organisation because of the hire fire-tendencies,” Zamuee remarked. She said the function of discipline in the employment context is to ensure that employees contribute effectively and efficiently to the goals of the enterprises. Zamuee was concerned that the current trend at Prosperity with its dismissal of its staff left and right and centre had reached alarming levels, and reminded her of the apartheid era when employers fired staff for minor wrongdoing. “How can employees be productive under these circumstances? As can be expected, workers are frustrated and demoralised,” she charged. She accused the management of the Prosperity Group of still dwelling in the past heydays of oppressive labour laws even though the country had replaced such injustice with the current Labour Act to ensure justice, respect and fairness. “The so-called disciplinary hearings, which are being held are a mere formality and a sham because the chosen chairperson is a friend to Ms. Heydenrich and a former colleague,” she said. Furthermore it was evident in all her findings and recommendations that her role was to please the employer, which gave her the business.