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New Era Newspaper - 09/06/2017 - Vol22 No211

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New Era Newspaper - 09/06/2017 - Vol22

Vol. 22 No. 201 Windhoek, Namibia Friday, June 9 2017 The financial burden of redundant SOE employees Staff Reporter Windhoek Public Enterprises Minister Leon Jooste has admitted that one of the reasons some state-owned enterprises were unable to produce healthy financial statements is due to the high wage bills they have to carry for redundant employees on their payroll. He was referring to parastatals that had been asked, for example, by government to employ former guerrilla fighters, many of whom were unemployed after returning from exile at the time of Namibia’s independence in 1990. However, while it was politically expedient at the time for stateowned enterprises to employ more people than required, the current economic climate has made this nigh impossible, and the situation is worrisome. Jooste said his ministry is currently working on various possible mitigating solutions, which may include negotiating with unions for retrenchments. “It was a good intention by the government, but we are now facing challenges in our confined economic environment, in which a number of public enterprises have unsustainable headcounts and are unable to continue carrying the wage bill,” he said. Jooste, who was addressing the third Annual General Meeting of the Public Enterprises Chief Executives Forum yesterday, said the country would have to start finding solutions to the problem. JOOSTE on page 2 Inside Today Unpaid PSEMAS bills threaten health sector The possibility of the total collapse of Namibia’s health industry remains a stark reality if the medical aid scheme for government workers continues to not pay health professionals on time. Ministry of Finance has confirmed that it will cancel all contracts between the ministry, the Public Service Employees Medical Aid and health care professionals effective June 30. Page 3 Simataa launches Telecom services in Zambezi Region Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Technology Stanley Simataa officially launched new Telecom Namibia services in three constituencies of the Zambezi Region this week, representing an investment of about N million. Page 17 Photo: Contributed Tightening the purse strings… Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein yesterday said Namibia still faces a number of financial hurdles, but gave assurances that measures are in place to contain the effects of the financial crunch and the economic recession in South Africa. Pictured are the headquarters of the Ministry of Finance in Windhoek. Calle admits to tight cash flow Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein yesterday told parliament that government is skating on thin ice as far as its financial position is concerned. A situation, he said, that would persist in the months to come. Although the measures put in place to contain costs and improve … but says new measures are helping The homeless illegally occupy govt houses Selma Ikela Windhoek Government’s failure to make use of all its unoccupied houses in Windhoek has attracted homeless people, some of whom were found selling drugs during a police operation this week. The police inspected several houses around Windhoek, some of which are privately owned, but the majority of which are government property and are being used as shelter by the homeless. HOMELESS on page 2 cash circulation in the economy have started yielding results, Schlettwein said it would take some time restore normality. He was nevertheless optimistic about the fact that market confidence and domestic liquidity are improving as a result of the fiscal consolidation measures put in place by the ministry since mid-2016. CALLE on page 2 Tweya cautions public servants on use of social media Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek Minister of Information and Communication Technology Tjekero Tweya has urged public servants to use social media with extreme care to avoid creating the impression they are doing so on behalf of their employer. Tweya’s advice is contained in the new Social Media Use Policy and Implementation Plan for 2016/17 to 2019/20, tabled by him in the National Assembly on Wednesday. The policy provides guidelines on the code of conduct for government officials using social media networks for official purposes, with the aim of improving transparency and interaction with the public. The policy is part of pillar one of the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP) (Effective Governance of Services) that required the Ministry of Information to develop the plan by July 2016. TWEYA on page 2 Tough times… Adriaano William Diergaardt and Charlene van Wyk are among a rising number of homeless youths in Windhoek and live together in a dilapidated government house along Robert Mugabe Avenue. Photo: Selma Ikela

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