6 NEWS Tuesday, June 13 2017 | NEW ERA hildren of the iberation Struggle omplete civic training Lorato Khobetsi Mariental Over 170 Children of the Liberation Struggle, who received three months of civic training at the Kai //Ganaxab Youth Skills Training Centre in the Hardap Region held a pass-out parade to celebrate the completion of the first phase of their training in Mariental. Speaking at the event, Governor of Hardap Region Esme Isaack congratulated the graduates on their achievements and urged them to appreciate government’s efforts in addressing their plight. “Without training you cannot get the job you want. From today, you are no longer struggle kids. Welcome to the Namibian house, don’t isolate yourself, don’t call yourself struggle kids or children from the liberation struggle, you are Namibians,” she said. “Today I want to urge you and to tell you that in Namibia, 27 years after independence we all are equal, we all are Namibians. Therefore, I say that there are no more struggle kids, you are no more struggle kids,” she added. The group, which is the third intake of the Children of the Liberation Struggle to be trained by the government, received map reading, first aid as well as basic military training, among other skills. The programme, which was designed to ensure the welfare of the Children of the Liberation Struggle, consists of two pillars, the first being a two-month civic training programme, followed by four months of vocational training in various practical fields. The programme is spearheaded by the Ministry of Sports, Youth and National Service. Also speaking at the event, Minister of Youth, Sports and National Service Jerry Ekandjo said government was working to produce a document to ensure that in future, every Namibian before they go for further studies undergoes civic training. “We are working in collaboration with the University of Namibia and National Youth Council of Namibia and we have produced a document. Once the document is finished, we will make a Cabinet law, so that in future each Namibian Photo: Lorato Khobetsi New skills… Minister of Youth, Sports and National Service Jerry Ekandjo assisted by Governor of Hardap Region Esme Isaack hands certificates to the trainees. when you finish Grade 10 up to Grade 12 before you go for further studies, you have to undergo civic training to instil discipline.” One of the beneficiaries of the programme, Kosmos Josef from Omusati Region, thanked government for the opportunity and for changing their lives. “I am very proud of the training that we received, especially since we were taught more than what we expected. Let me not forget to thank the government for taking us from the streets to give us this training. This training really changed our lives, our way of thinking and our behaviour, he said. Shipa Shipa from Erongo Region said he appreciated the efforts of the government. “We are excited and are waiting to continue with our training. I really want Four deaths recorded in Erongo over the weekend Eveline de Klerk Walvis Bay Four people lost their lives over the weekend in Erongo Region, according to information from the police. Three people burned to death and a fourth person was left in critical condition after two vehicles collided about 60 kilometres from Karibib on Friday evening. A fourth person died on Friday afternoon after a freak accident at Usakos, when he was run over by a train, which amputated both his legs, leaving him in critical condition. He died in hospital at Usakos two hours later. According to information from the police the head-on collission accident involved two vehicles - a Toyota Run-X and a Ford Figo - which both burst into flames upon collision, killing the two drivers and one passenger. By Sunday morning a critically injured passenger, who was transferred immediately to the Katutura State Hospital was identified as 32-year old Jackson Katjombe. Katjombe and his brother who died in the accident were passengers in the Ford Figo. The two reportedly hitched a ride from Okahandja to Karibib from the driver of the car. The driver of the other vehicle was identified by family as Benjamin Sande from Walvis Bay. He was travelling alone from Walvis Bay to Windhoek. According to Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikyuy, the third victim of the accident was yet to be identified yesterday, as well as the details of Katjombe’s brother, who also died in the accident. The bodies of the deceased persons were taken to Walvis Bay Police mortuary. At Usakos a 30-year-old man, identified as Ricky Nickson Gariseb, was run over by a train. According to the crime investigations coordinator of the Namibian Police in Erongo Region Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, it appears the late Gariseb was under the influence of alcohol and felt too tired to walk further. “He fell asleep on the rails to thank the government. We really appreciate what the government is doing for us. We don’t have any complaints, but we are waiting to leave this place and continue with our training at Berg Aukas as promised,” he added. * Lorato Khobetsi is an information officer for the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology in Hardap Region. and did not hear the oncoming train,” Iikuyu said. Gariseb was an employee of Total Service Station at Usakos. He is said to have left his work at around 03h00 that fateful Friday, only to fall asleep later on the railway tracks. “He was found in a very critical condition and was rushed to Usakos State Hospital, where he was receiving intensive care. However, he died two hours after being admitted in hospital. Iikuyu said a case of culpable homicide was being investigated by the police. REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA ZAMBEZI REGIONAL COUNCIL SUBJECT: INVITATION TO SUBMIT SMALL BUSINESS PROPOSALS FOR FUNDING UNDER MICRO – FINANCE PROGRAM, 2017/2018 FINANCIAL YEAR. Residents of Zambezi Region are hereby invited to submit group based small business (project) proposals to Zambezi Regional Council Head Office: Rural Development Service Division for Funding. This initiative is aimed at promoting rural industrialization. Please attach and submit the full business proposal/plan with at least three quotations to Zambezi Regional Council Head office. Condition to quality for funding: 1 – Applicants must be residents of Zambezi Region Constituency. 2 – Applicants must be previously disadvantage and above 18 years. 3 – Applicants must aim to create the new business or expand their existing viable SME to contribute to employment creation and promote self-sustainability. 4 – The small business must be based in rural areas. 5 – Applicants must be in groups Categories of small business will include, but not limited to the following: Brick-making, Agricultural farming, Fish farming, Small Scale Mining, Wood carving, Catering, Poultry, Tailoring, Knitting, Basked Making, Shoe Making, etc…. Proposed Small Business must be registered or expect to be registered with the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and SME Development within six months of approval. Proposed SME must be viable and self-sustaining after the grant. Delivery address: All Applications should be delivered to the respective constituency offices or to Planning and Development Offices, Ngoma Road, Govt Building. Closing date for submission of proposal: 14 July 2017 For more information call: Mr. BM Walubita @ 066 261 744/ 066 261 704 NOTE: ALL THOSE THAT HAVE SUBMITTED APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2016/2017 FINANCIAL YEAR ARE ADVICED TO RESUBMIT.
Monday, June 19 2017 | NEW ERA HEALTH 7 Youthfriendly clinic to introduce ARV services Alvine Kapitako Windhoek Young people, as well as key populations that includes men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs and sex workers who are HIV positive, will face less stigma and discrimination with the latest introduction of antiretroviral (ARV) services at the Namibia Planned Parenthood Association (NAPPA) clinic at Okuryangava in Windhoek. As from July 1 the clinic will roll out ARV services and the target market is young people between the ages of 10 and 24 years, as well as key populations. Key populations include those at higher risk of contracting HIV compared to the general population. A nursing consultant, who is attached to NAPPA clinic in Okuryangava, Sister Agatha Kuthedze said the roll-out of ARV services was necessitated by the fact that young people were tested at the clinic for HIV and those who tested positive were referred to health facilities for ARV services. It would be easier if the young people and key populations receive the services at the clinic, “so that they can open up,” Kuthedze said. Clinical assistant at the NAPPA clinic Lydia Kamati said with the roll-out of ARV services at the clinic young people would be able to get their medication without fear of bumping into an older relative. This means young people who are HIV positive can access improved treatment, Kamati added. “It means better access to prevention (PrEP) for those who are negative, but at risk of infection. It also means less discrimination for young people and key populations, and it also means that they will not sit long in queues in order to get their ARVs,” Kamati explained. PrEP refers to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis; anti-HIV medication that keeps HIV negative people from becoming infected. The health professionals at NAPPA are well trained to understand young people as well as the key populations. “I would like to encourage our young people to make use of the clinic,” Kamati added. NAPPA staff will this week undergo training to equip them for the roll-out of the new ARV services. Dr Simon Agolory, country director for the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said at a press briefing last month that people in the 20 to 40 age group are most at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS. In particular, it ewas found that Sister Agatha Kuthedze, a nursing consultant at NAPPA. young men in the 20-24 age group are not keen on testing for HIV, while women in that age group are equally at risk of the virus since they are most likely to engage in relationships with older men. “It will be very difficult to control the epidemic at the 25-40 age group, because they are not easily identifiable, yet treatment (at this stage) is an effective way of preventing HIV,” said Agolory. Agolory added that people in this age group tend to shy away from getting tested for HIV and those who are HIV positive do not go on treatment and thus spread the virus willingly and unwillingly. The chances of spreading the virus while on antiretroviral treatment are vastly reduced, even in cases where condoms are not used, Agolory noted. Access to contraceptives A young person said during a youth-sharing information dialogue organised by NAPPA that young people are often discriminated against by older nurses when they go to health facilities to access contraceptives. “As long as we put information out without consulting the young people it will be a waste of resources,” said Forbes, who told the youth that young people are often not consulted on health issues that concern them. NAPPA is registered with the Ministry of Health and Social Services as a welfare organisation and is a member association of the international Planned Parenthood federation (IPPF). NAPPA’s main responsibility is to work with young people between the ages of 10 and 24 years old in complementing the government’s efforts to provide comprehensive sexual reproductive health information and services. The services offered at NAPPA include information on health education, pap smear screening, pregnancy tests, screening for sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS testing and counseling, family planning, ante-natal care and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Young people will as of July 1 be able to access antiretroviral treatment and other sexual reproductive health services at the NAPPA clinic at Okuryangava.