4 NEWS Monday, June 19 2017 | NEW ERA Don’t abuse Swapo for personal gain – Angula ONDANGWA People should stop using Swapo for material gain, as it is a betrayal of people like the late liberation struggle icon, Herman Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, former prime minister Nahas Angula said on Friday. He was speaking at a memorial service held for ya Toivo at Ondangwa, where he said: “We should not be victims of materialism in the name of Swapo. If you want to benefit materially, do it alone and not through the party,” Angula said. More than 3,000 people gathered on Friday for a memorial service to pay tribute to the late struggle veteran and former Robben Island political prisoner, Herman Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, at Ondangwa. Ya Toivo died last Friday at the age of 92. Angula said the likes of late ya Toivo, in difficult circumstances during the liberation struggle, made immense sacrifices to establish the party to obtain justice for all Namibians. Angula said ya Toivo was a loyal, humble and patriotic man, who lived for his people and his country. Minister of Safety and Security Ret. Major-General Charles Namoloh represented government at the event and said: “The history of Namibia will be incomplete without the name of ya Toivo.” Ya Toivo was a cofounder of Swapo in 1960, and its predecessor the Ovamboland People’s Organisation in 1959. For his efforts he served 16 years as political prisoner on Robben Island in South Africa, in the same section as former South African president, late Nelson Mandela. He was released from prison in 1984 and rejoined Swapo in exile in Lusaka, Zambia before returning to Namibia in 1989, where he served as a Member of Parliament and Cabinet minister until 2006 when he retired from active politics. Ya Toivo’s body was flown back to Windhoek on Saturday for another memorial service and for his burial at Heroes’ Acre next Saturday. – Nampa The widow of the Herman Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, Vicki Erenstain ya Toivo, and her daughters Mutaleni and Nashikoto as they arrive for the memorial service at Ondangwa Trade Fair grounds on Friday afternoon. Photos: Helvy Shaanika Members of Namibian Defense Force carry the casket of the late Herman Andimba Toivo ya Toivo. A delegation from the neighbouring Cunene Province in Angola led by former Angolan army general Kundi Paihama (left) attended the memorial service. To the right is Ovakwanyama Chief Queen Martha Mwadinomho yaKristian Nelumbu. Eveline de Klerk Walvis Bay Debmarine Namibia has once again reaffirm its position in the global diamond exploration industry by commissioning the world’s most advanced diamond exploration vessel, the SS Nujoma, at the port of Walvis Bay. The SS Nujoma is named after the founding president Sam Nujoma and was built at a cost of N.3 billion. It is the fifth edition to the company’s fleet, but the first that will be dedicated to exploration and sampling, as it incorporates advanced technologies that allow it to sample and collect faster than any other vessel. “I accept this honour and reiterate my commitment to ensure that our mineral Some of the surviving men and women who were imprisoned on Robben Island and some of those who were co-accused with Herman Andimba Toivo ya Toivo at the Pretoria trial in 1967, where they were charged under the Prevention of Terrorism Act and sentenced to lengthy jail terms. DebMarine commissions N.3 billion SS Nujoma Photo: Eveline de Klerk New edition… The SS Nujoma that is named after the founding president Sam Nujoma was christened yesterday at the Port of Walvis Bay. resources are used for the benefit of all our people and the safeguarding and preservation of our marine resources,” Nujoma said at the official christening ceremony in Walvis Bay on Thursday. The flagship vessel, that was financed by Standard Bank and RMB Bank, is the largest-ever capital investment in underwater diamond mining and is expected to ensure a longterm sustainable future for offshore diamond mining in Namibia. The vessel weighs 12,000 tonnes, is 113 metres long and can accommodate 80 crew members. It was constructed in Ulsteinvik, Norway and fitted with its subsea sampling system designed by the De Beers Group in Cape Town. The diesel-electric powered vessel will sustain 140 new jobs. Currently 85 percent of Debmarines employees are Namibians. The SS Nujoma will also enable Debmarine Namibia - a joint venture between the government and the De Beers Group - to further explore potential diamond deposits and secure diamond supply in the country . Nujoma encouraged the management and directors of Debmarine Namibia to always take corporate social responsibility seriously by assisting the youth, schools and hospitals and thus play a pivotal role to combat unemployment and contribute to economic growth. Also at the ceremony, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila applauded Debmarine, saying Namibia needs innovation to tackle various challenges in public sector service delivery and efficiency to increase productivity and employment in all sectors of the economy.
Monday, June 19 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 5 Many hands make light work… Deputy Mayor of Mariental Anna Aletha Skrywer assists residents to pick up litter during a cleanup campaign in Mariental’s Ombili location to commemorate World Environment Day. Photo: Lorato Khobetsi Illegal refuse dumping a headache for Mariental Lorato Khobetsi Mariental Illegal dumping of household rubbish is one of the major challenges faced by Mariental Municipality. This was revealed by the deputy mayor of the town during a recent clean-up campaign in the informal settlement of Ombili. The clean-up campaign was organised by staff at Mariental Library to commemorate World Environmental Day under the theme ‘The joy of an environmentally sustainable society’. Mariental Library hosted the event as a means to advocate for a cleaner and safer environment and to raise awareness about the International Environmental Day. According to Deputy Mayor Anna Aletha Skrywer, the municipality has on numerous occasions tried to clean the area, but the community members would often return and dump their rubbish during the night. “We, as a municipality, have tried to clean this area, but the community members continue to dump their waste here, especially during the night. However, we are planning to clean up and provide them with shipping containers for the community to throw their rubbish in those containers”, she said. The deputy mayor pleaded with local residents to keep their areas clean. “Please people, keep our town clean. If you have rubbish, either throw it in a plastic bag and put in it front of your gate for the municipality to collect, or call the municipality if you have a lot of rubbish, so they can collect it,” she added. Organiser of the event Jessica Uheua, senior librarian at Mariental Library, urged the local community to visit the library to read more about how to keep their environment clean. “As a librarian, I will say they should come to the library to read more on how to keep the environment clean, because we have free internet, free books. We have everything free information-wise,” she said. The library mobilised community members, as well as a group of adult literacy learners, to collect refuse from the streets, while the municipality assisted with trucks and bulldozers to clear the illegal dumping sites in the area. International Environmental Day is held annually on June 5 every year and is one of the principal vehicles through which the UN stimulates worldwide awareness and enhances political attention and action on the environment. * Lorato Khobetsi is an information officer for the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology in Hardap Region. TRIBUTE TO COMRADE “We are Namibians and not South Africans. We do not now, and will not in the future recognize your right to govern us, to make laws for us, in which we had no say, to treat our country as if it was your property and as if you are our masters. We have always regarded South Africa as intruders in our country. This is how we always felt and this is how we feel now, and it is on this basis that we faced this trial”. These words and many other visionary statements of wisdom by the late Cde. Herman Andimba Toivo ya Toivo served as inspiration for the oppressed people of Namibia, the SADC region, and the international community to strive for freedom, peace, equality and human dignity. The SWAPO Party leadership, members and supporters, and indeed Namibians from all walks of life and our fraternal friends world-wide received, with profound shock and deep grief, the sad news of the passing on of Cde ya Toivo. Cde ya Toivo was not only a founder member of SWAPO and a pioneer of the struggle for Namibia’s independence. He was an indefatigable freedom fighter, a pillar of strength, and a political rock that exuded a spirit of gallantry, fortitude and selfless leadership. He belongs to a galaxy of selfless martyrs, a generation of principled, dependable and militant leaders of Namibia’s liberation struggle. To millions of people, both inside and outside Namibia, he was more than just a man. He was a symbol of the struggle for freedom, justice, equality, and dignity not only in Namibia but throughout the world. His selfless sacrifices inspired freedom loving people in all corners of the world to relentlessly fight for justice, freedom and human progress. We have lost an iconic true servant of the people. At the twilight of his life, he prophetically stated that “I depart from this earth a happy person because Namibia is free, and you that are left behind, have the duty to make it and not break it”. He leaves us with a legacy and great vision to attain greater wellbeing for our people. ANDIMBA HERMAN TOIVO YA TOIVO On behalf of the SWAPO Party leadership and membership, I wish to convey our heartfelt sympathy and deepest condolences to Mrs. Vicky ya Toivo, their twin daughters Mutaleni and Nashikoto, his sister Mrs. Ester Shikongo and brother Mr. Nestor ya Toivo and the entire ya Toivo family as well as all Namibians. May his iconic legacy live on, and may his soul rest in eternal peace. ISSUED BY: Nangolo Mbumba SECRETARY GENERAL