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New Era Newspaper - 08/06/2017 - Vol22 No210

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ol. 22 No. 210 Windhoek, Namibia Thursday, June 8 2017 Namibians inadequately skilled, say SME Bank expats Home Affairs Minister Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana Inside Today Indian navy heading for Walvis Bay The Indian Navy ship, INS Tarkash, will make a port call at Walvis Bay from June 15 to 18. Page 3 Desie Heita Windhoek Zimbabwean employees of the beleaguered SME Bank, who are suing government for the non-renewal of their work permits, said studies conducted at the bank have shown that their skills are rare among Namibians. The Zimbabwean nationals in papers filed in the High Court tore into Home Affairs Minister Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana and the bank’s acting CEO, Benestus Herunga, as being behind the impasse regarding their work permits. The 21 applicants claim to have occupied positions that not many Namibians could take up, because not many Namibians possess the required special skills. They were employed, amongst others, as head of ICT, head of security and team leader at SME Bank – positions that, arguably, many Namibians qualify for. Others occupied even low ranking posts, such as ICT administrator, accountant, personal assistant to the CEO and clerk, or helpdesk officer. The former employees argue that SME Bank “has in the past undertaken a number of studies to determine whether or not [their] employment in the positions is likely to be one in which a sufficient number of Namibians are already engaged or could be engaged”. The findings of those studies, they argue, have “at all times found that [their] positions are ones in which not many Namibians are qualified”. Namibia hopes to regain cleanest country status Albertina Nakale Windhoek EXPATS on page 2 Stalemate over impounded Namibian trucks It is not yet clear what progress has been made to release about 200 Namibian trucks impounded by the Zambian government in February. Page 9 Unstoppable Bytjie, the new darling of SA netball Whilst her male counterparts are struggling to make the grade in Africa’s richest football league, the South Africa Professional Soccer League (PSL) – Namibian netballer Jaumbuavi Zauana, has hit the ground running in the popular South African semi-professional Brutal Fruit Netball Premiership broadcast live on television. Page 36 Setting standards… From left Unam Pro-Vice Chancellor Research, Innovation and Development Prof Kenneth Matengu, Unam Vice Chancellor Prof Lazarus Hangula, NSI chief executive officer Chie Wasserfall and company secretary Cynthia Anyanwu at the signing of the MoU. Albertina Nakale Windhoek The University of Namibia (Unam) is working with the Namibian Standards Institution (NSI) in the development of standards for yoghurt and other dairy products from its Neudamm and Ogongo campuses. Other products in the pipeline ready for standards development include food and beverages from indigenous plants and fruits, products from medicinal plants and software for Unam to standardise its dairy products The vice chancellor said the university’s increased enrolment figures have triggered an upsurge in investment in laboratories in various key areas of study. At present Unam enrolment stands at 24,759 students. information technology. This was announced by Unam Vice Chancellor Professor Lazarus Hangula yesterday when he signed a cooperation agreement with the NSI to strengthen participation of academia in the area of standards development and coordination, certification, testing and metrology. NSI will during the implementation phase use Unam’s labs for testing of standards and exhibit at Unam’s Research and Innovation Day and other career fairs. He said the agreement would serve as a vehicle and catalyst for cooperation between the two institutions in accreditation and certification. Hangula said the MoU is important to Unam, as it comes at a time when the institution is seeking accreditation of UNAM on page 2 The Ministry of Environment and Tourism is determined to ensure Namibia returns to its glory days of enjoying its former status as the cleanest country in Africa. Namibia lost its historical title of being the cleanest country in Africa due to the increasing amount of waste accumulating along its national roads, in towns and in villages. STATUS on page 2 Minister of Environment and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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