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New Era Newspaper - 20/06/2017 - Vol22 No218

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4 NEWS Tuesday, June 20 2017 | NEW ERA Port call… The Indian Navy vessel that docked last Friday at the Port of Walvis Bay. Photo: Eveline de Klerk ndian navy docks t Walvis Bay Eveline de Klerk Walvis Bay MID-YEAR REGISTRATION NOW OPEN Postgraduate Diploma in: • Business Management • Project Management Degree Programmes • Bachelor of Business Administration • Bachelor of Public Administration • Educational Management Bachelor of Commerce in: • Entrepreneurship • Marketing Management • Financial Management • Retail Management • Human Resource Management • Supply Chain Management • Information and Technology Management Higher Certificate in: • Accounting • Project Management • Business Management • Public Management • Human Resource Management • Public Sector Procurement • Information Technology • Supply Chain Management • Marketing • Tax Administration • Local Government and Development Management Advanced Certificate in: • Management Studies Indian High Commissioner to Namibia Kumar Tuhin has re-affirmed his commitment to work with all countries to protect freedom of navigation, keep sea lanes secure and to extend humanitarian assistance where required. Tuhin made the remarks during a welcoming reception held aboard the Indian navy vessel INS Tarkash that docked at Walvis Bay where it made a port call last Friday. Tuhin, who welcomed his fellow country men and women as well as their Namibian counterparts during the visit, said India’s relations with Namibia have always been warm and close and that it was only fit for the Indian navy to make a courtesy call to strengthen bilateral ties between the two countries. He added that fraternal ties established by former presidents Sam Nujoma and Hifikepunye Pohamba, as well as the former Indian prime ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi have been nurtured by the current leaders, President Hage Geingob and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Visits by President Geingob and President Mukherjee in 2015 and 2016, respectively, have given fresh impetus to bilateral ties. Our relations in other areas like trade, commerce, culture are continually strengthening,” he said. Before arriving in Walvis Bay, INS Tarkash made port calls in several countries including, Morocco, Senegal, Nigeria and Angola. The ship left for South Africa on Sunday before returning to India. The INS Tarkash has total 30 officers and 250 sailors on board. INS Tarkash is a Teg Class ‘Stealth’ Frigate commissioned into the Indian Navy on Nov 9, 2012. The ship gets MANCOSA NAMIBIA: Tel: +264 61 301 354 Tel: +264 (0)81 233 2469 Email: MANCOSA is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) as a private higher education institution under the HE Act, 1997. Registration No.2000/HE07/003. ALL MANCOSA QUALIFICATIONS ARE RECOGNISED BY THE NAMIBIA QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY (NQA). its name from a Sanskrit word meaning a “Quiver” of arrows, reminiscent of the epic battles of Ramayana and Mahabharata. Tarkash is truly a “quiver” of high-density of weapons and sensors manned by its highly motivated crew, making her one of the most potent platforms of the Indian navy. The Indian naval ship carries cutting-edge weaponry, which includes Supersonic Brahmos anti-ship missiles, advanced surface-to-air missiles, 100 mm medium range guns, an optically controlled 30-mm closein weapon system, anti-submarine and anti-ship torpedoes and rocket launchers. The ship incorporates stealth features to outsmart the enemy with her reduced radar, infrared, acoustic and magnetic signatures thus, making it difficult for the enemy to detect her. The ship is powered by four gas turbines and sophisticated controls and is capable of doing speeds in excess of 30 knots. Electric power is supplied by four diesel alternators, which together produces 3.2 megawatt of power. Photo: Contributed To the queen… British High Commissioner to Namibia Jo Lomas toasting with Namibian Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Dr Peya Mushelenga. Britain reaffirms commitment to ties with Namibia Staff Reporter Windhoek British High Commissioner to Namibia Jo Lomas on Sunday reaffirmed her country’s commitment to diplomatic ties it has with Namibia. She made the statement on the follow us: occasion of the 91st birthday of British monarch Queen Elizabeth II. Britain’s priority in Namibia, said Lomas, will be to work with the government to ensure that whatever agreement is reached, Namibia’s trade will not be disrupted. “We know how important it is to Namibia’s economy and what’s more we are very fond of Namibian grapes and beef in the UK,” she said. She also used the occasion to chronicle the challenges facing her country and to express gratitude for support shown to her country during such trying times. “We held our last QBP exactly a year ago and goodness gracious it’s been a tumultuous year in the UK. Sadly, we have seen three terrorist attacks in the UK in only a few months. I want to thank all of you who have passed on your condolence for these terrible events,” she said. The British High Commission hosted a full scale and well attended British garden party, complete with fish ‘n’ chips, pimms and musical entertainment. On special display were a 1957 model of a Land Rover station wagon and a current Land Rover Evoque Convertible. Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Dr Peya Mushelenga was the guest of honour at the event.

Tuesday, June 20 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 5 Albertina Nakale Windhoek The Ministry of Land Reform has dismissed rumours that have been doing the rounds that the longawaited second national land conference will not take place this year due to financial constraints. Over the past few weeks speculation was rife that Minister of Land Reform Utoni Nujoma had cancelled the land conference because of financial constraints. However, when contacted for comment on Friday Land Reform Ministry spokesperson Chrispin Matongela dismissed the allegations as null and void. He said regional consultations are expected to commence in earnest in the second week of July, starting in Khomas Region, for the official launch of the regional visits by the minister. “The allegations are not true. All the groundwork regarding the hosting of the second land conference are on course as planned,” Matongela said. He said the launch would culminate in all 14 regional consultations by four teams, comprised of senior government officials Regional visits for second land conference to commence in July from the land reform ministry and other key stakeholders from other ministries, to create an interministerial committee. “The dates and venue have already been secured for this Kgotla [pubic meeting]. This is just a synopsis and impression to allay doubts in the minds of the Namibian people about the planned conference. Major details and specifics will be outlined by the minister at the launch,” Matongela noted. He further clarified that the budgetary allocations for the said budget line have been secured. “A budget has already been secured for this mammoth task, and we are ready to hit the ground running in order to accomplish this national duty.” He, however, declined to mention the exact figure set aside for the conference, saying the minister would officially announce the amount before the event. Nujoma launched preparations for the Second National Conference on Land Reform and the Land Question in August last year. The second conference, which landless Namibians hope will address and deliberate on issues pertaining to their needs, specifically to the pressing issue of residential land, is scheduled to take place in September. Earlier this year a fired-up former deputy minister of land reform, Bernadus Swartbooi, started a series of meetings over ancestral land, in which he reportedly alleged that the landless southerners were being denied fair resettlement options in favour of outsiders from the region, particularly northerners, who appear to get preferential access. Swartbooi vowed that landless Namibians would do all in their power and use all legal means at their disposal to get their ancestral land back, saying the right of any citizen to settle anywhere in the country does not give them the right to deprive and deny others of their ancestral land, nor does it allow anyone to occupy other people’s land. A year after independence in 1990, the government steered a national debate on the land issue, culminating in the National Conference on Land Reform and the Land Question. Some landless Namibians feel that the first land conference seemed to have focused mainly on agricultural land, while the issue of residential land had not been deliberated on. If and when the second national land conference takes place, it will critically review the history of colonial dispossession, equity, efficiency and promoting productive and sustainable livelihoods through implementing programmes targeted at poverty eradication. At the launch last August, Nujoma said although the first conference deliberated on colonial dispossession, which focused on how to restore land rights that were taken away under colonial rule and how to stop the exploitation of farmworkers, these issues are still relevant 25 years after independence, as the levels of economic deprivation continue to grow. The consensus resolutions of the land reform conference of 1991 mandated the ministry under the leadership of then minister of lands and resettlement Marco Hausiku to, among others, implement the 24 resolutions. The resolutions of that first conference focused on issues such as foreign ownership of land, under-utilisation of freehold land, the expropriation of absentee landlords’ land, the sizes and ownership of farms, land tax on commercial farms and issues related to communal land, among many others. Man falls to death at construction site Roland Routh Windhoek A 46-year-old man fell to his death from the sixth floor of a building site next to the Supreme Court in Windhoek on Friday morning at about 11h00. According to the police’s weekend crime bulletin, the deceased - who has been identified as Nekongo Johannes - was an employee of SH Hedimbi Construction. He was working on the sixth floor of the construction site trying to secure a piece of metal, which broke, causing him to fall to his death. Johannes was reportedly wearing a safety harness at the time, but did not attach it to anything. It was also reported that a police officer manning a roadblock at Ongwediva was hit and killed by an unlicensed 22-year-old male driver. The deceased was identified as Iileka Aina, 41. Two children, identified as Michael Michael, aged four, and Ndeshipanda, aged five, drowned in a dam near Etambo village in Okankolo Constituency. A 30-year-old man lost both his legs after a train drove over him near Usakos. It is alleged the man was drunk and fell while crossing the tracks, then dozed off with his legs across the tracks. An 80-year-old woman was allegedly repeatedly assaulted with a hammer on her head by her 27-yearold grandchild at Okaputa village in Omuntele Constituency on June 15. The elderly woman was admitted to Onandjokwe hospital in a critical condition on Thursday. According to the police report, Lovisa Ndokosho, 80, was sleeping when the suspect arrived at her bedroom around 06h00 on Thursday and started assaulting her. The suspect fled the scene afterwards, but was later arrested and will appear in the Ondangwa Magistrate’s Court today. Housemates who rescued the elderly victim were awakened by screaming and found the victim lying helplessly in a pool of blood. The motive for the attack is not yet clear. A number of accidents were reported to the police over the weekend. On Friday two vehicles, a Ford Figo and Toyota Runex collided head-on 60km from Karibib on the B2 road and caught fire, causing three people to burn beyond recognition. The driver of a white Hilux 4x4 with three occupants apparently lost control over the vehicle and it overturned, killing Frans Nangolo Pokolo, 33. The police at Henties Bay reported a case of stock theft and in Nkurenkuru a suspect was found in possession of 30 pellets of cannabis. The body of a Gideon Mwashekela was found hanging from a tree at King Kauluma village, and at Uuhuma location in the Onankali area a man stabbed his ex-girlfriend five times with a knife all over her body. Upgrade your 512kbps speedlink or speedlink lite package to 1Mbps for only N extra per month and enjoy the benefits of faster internet. Offer valid till 24 June 2017 Terms & Conditions Apply Visit your nearest Teleshop or Call us Toll Free on 1100

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