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

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6 NEWS Tuesday, June 20 2017 | NEW ERA ducation helps radicate poverty Kameeta taff Reporter indhoek inister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare Zephania Kameeta as reiterated that education leads o poverty eradication, because t is in the classroom that future rofessionals cut their teeth. Rev Bishop Kameeta made the emarks at a recent event where oad construction firm China enan International Cooperation roup (CHICO) donated three lassrooms to Okonjatu Combined chool, as well as one brick house nd a pre-fabricated house with ight rooms to the community. “A school is a place of poverty radication. Education is another ord for poverty eradication. o, we are preparing today the uture of tomorrow,” stated the ishop Emeritus. Kameeta said t was through education that the rofessionals of the future, such MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, ARTS AND CULTURE MANAGEMENT CADRE DEPARTMENT FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION DIRECTORATE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT DIVISION: CORPORATE PLANNING VACANCY Career Opportunities at the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture VACANCY DEPARTMENT: LIFELONG LEARNING, ARTS AND CULTURE DIRECTORATE ARTS, DIVISION: OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR Post Designation: Private Secretary Grade 9 1x Post: Windhoek Salary Scale: N$ 180 505 xP – N$ 216 499 Photo: Contributed Step ahead… Minister of Poverty Eradication Zephania Kameeta (with hat) unveils the upgraded old-age home of Okonjatu. In the photo second from left is Chargé d’ affaires at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China Li Nan. Also in the photo are deputy director of CHICO Yunke Cui, Okakarara Constituency Councillor Vetaaruhe Kandorozu and chairperson of Ojozondjupa Regional Council J.N Neumbo. as medical doctors, engineers, lecturers, nurses, teachers and others are prepared. Without education there will be no future, he stated. Commending the government of the People’s Republic of China and CHICO, he said CHICO’s generosity fulfils what President Hage Geingob has reiterated that the government alone cannot eradicate poverty, as it needs international and local partners to effectively mitigate the scourge of poverty. “I want to say that if each and every company in Namibia, small and big, emulated what CHICO is doing, then we don’t need (Vision) 2030 to eradicate poverty,” he stressed. Chargé d’ affaires at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Namibia Li Nan said he was deeply impressed by CHICO, because it has set an excellent example to be emulated by all Chinese firms operating in Namibia. Li said, apart from its largesse, CHICO has a reputation for delivering on time high-quality roads within set budget and that all its road projects were praised by the government. “I am deeply impressed, because CHICO it has also set up an excellent example in fulfilling their social responsibilities and also through investing more in local employees in skills transfer and technology transfer and also through donations in various forms, for example, today’s donation of the classrooms and the facility in the old-age home,” he stated. The chargé d’ affaires further said the bilateral relationship between Namibia and China has developed to another level in all the areas of cooperation, such as education, infrastructure development, manufacturing and trade. Yunke Cui, deputy director of CHICO, was of the view the kind gesture by his firm “will not only brighten the faces of many underprivileged senior citizens of this community, but will also bring rays of hope to many learners in the local school, who on a daily basis struggle in overcrowded classrooms”. Cui said: “Our company has embraced the national Harambee Prosperity Plan of “One Namibia, One Nation,” with its concepts of reconciliation, security and stability, as well as its five pillars of social progression. It takes a bold decision to deny yourself and your family some privileges to extend a helping hand to the needy,” he asserted. The new rooms will provide basic shelter for the elderly. The firm previously also extended a helping hand when it donated classrooms at Karibib Primary School. It also assisted the //Kharas Regional Council and donated shelter and boreholes at Mpungu in Kavango West. Omaheke Regional Council was also assisted. As part of CHICO’s social responsibility programme over 100 residents of Otjozondjupa previously got free medical consultations, courtesy of the road construction firm in Grootfontein, among other charity projects it had initiated. Moses Tjipurua Omeb, special advisor to the governor of Otjozondjupa, heaped praise on CHICO’s largesse, noting that its vision extended far beyond that of road construction. He said Okonjatu used to be a forgotten place, but currently several roads have been constructed and in this vein, he commended CHICO for bringing development to the region. MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: • An appropriate National Diploma or equivalent qualification on NQF Level 6. SUPPLEMENTARY SELECTION REQUIREMENTS: • Candidate should be computer literate especially in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Access. • Experience in Office Administration and Management. • Good communication skills. All enquiries should be directed to: Mr. Ervast Mtota 061- 293 3544. Ministry of Education, Arts & Culture OR Hand delivered to: Human Resource Office The Ministry of Education, Arts & Culture Private Bag 13186 Government Office Park, Luther Street Windhoek Human Resource Office, 2 nd Floor, East Wing, Room No. 275 Closing date: 18 July 2017 Please Note: Racially disadvantaged persons, women and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must be Namibian Citizens and/or Public Servants (proof of citizenship), or SADC Citizens with a Namibian Work Permit. All foreign qualifications must be submitted with evaluation reports from Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA). All Qualifications/transcripts not indicating the duration of the qualification must be accompanied with a testimonial testifying the duration e.g. 3 year qualification or student completed/passed 3 year qualification. An attractive range of benefits for permanent full-time staff members include a housing benefit, Transport Allowance, Pension Fund, Medical Aid Scheme, Social Security and ample Vacation and Sick leave. Certified copies of educational qualifications and a complete CV including history of employment must accompany application on Form 156043 and 156094 obtainable at all Government Offices and on www. moe.gov.na as the contents of these will be used to determine suitability for further selection. Failure to complete all items on the application form for employment and not attaching the necessary documents will disqualify the application. Interested persons from designated groups are strongly encouraged to apply. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A FUEL RETAIL FACILITY IN MARIENTAL, HARDAP REGION. Notice is hereby given to all Interested and Affected Parties that an application for a clearance certificate will be made to the Environmental Commissioner in terms of Environmental Management Act (No. 7 of 2007) and its Regulations (2012) for the following intended activity. Project Name: MARIENTAL TOTAL SERVICE STATION Project Location: Erf 915, Extension 4, Mariental. Project Description: Development of a Service Station in Mariental Proponent: VSV Enterprises 91 cc Environmental Consultant: Matrix Consulting Services Matrix Consulting Services has been appointed to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment for the construction of a Service Station in Mariental. Venue: Mariental Municipality Board Room (370, Dr. Sam Nujoma Ave). Date: 04 JULY 2017 Time: 11h00 am All Interested and Affected Parties (I&APs) are encouraged to register and raise concerns or provide comments and opinions. All Interested and Affected Parties will be provided with a Background Information Document (BID) comprising detailed information for the intended. Should you wish to register as I&AP and receive a BID, Please contact the Matrix Consulting Services office. Contact: Mr. C. AILONGA, Tel: (+264-­‐61) 224197 E-­‐Mail: environment@matrixconsultingcc.com DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS IS 11 JULY 2015 PUBLIC INVITATION ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT FOR PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION OF A NEW FUEL RETAIL FACILITY IN OKONGO, OHANGWENA REGION Notice is hereby given to all Interested and Affected Parties (I & APs) that an application will be made to the Environmental Commissioner in terms of Environmental Management Act (No. 7 of 2007) and its Regulations (2012) for the following intended activity. Project Name: Project Location: Construction of a Fuel Retail Facility Okongo, Ohangwena Region Along main road B10, on the eastern outskirts of Okongo settlement Project Description: The proposed development will entail the following activity: • The construction of a Fuel Retail Facility Proponent: Environmental Consultant: Mr. U. Nghaamwa Matrix Consulting Services All I&APs are encouraged to register and raise concerns or provide comments and opinions. All I&APs will be provided with a Background Information Document (BID) comprising detailed information for the intended. An open day public meeting about the development will be held at: Venue: Okongo Settlement Office Date: 05 July 2017 Time: from 14H00 to 17H00 Should you wish to register as an I&AP and receive a BID, please contact the Matrix Consulting Services office. Tel: (+264-­‐61) 224197, Fax: (+264-­‐61) 212165 E-­‐Mail: environment@matrixconsultingcc.com DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS IS 12 JULY 2017

Tuesday, June 20 2017 | NEW ERA THE FEEDBACK 7 Ministry of Defence Query: Mr President, a p p o i n t a t e a m to investigate the recruitment policy in the Ministry of Defence. There is a lot of favouritism. Each and every citizen of this country must be employed if they meet the requirements. and Mr President, help open the eyes of defence leaders, especially the recruiting unit. Defence shouldn’t be the refuse bin for those who are uneducated or unskilled. This is a ministry that must be respected and we both know why. Response: The Ministry of Defence hereby responds to most of the complaints raised through the Namibian newspaper SMS page. Promotion in the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) is done in accordance with the criteria set in the Namibian Defence Force Personnel Policies. There are two categories of servicemen in the military: commissioned and non-commissioned officers. As such criteria in terms of their promotion differ in some instances. According to the NDF Promotion Policy, promotion is governed by the following criteria: (1) Recommendation. To qualify for the next rank, a commissioned or noncommissioned officer must be recommended for promotion in his/ her annual confidential report. ( 2 ) M i l i t a r y Qualifications. These will differ between each Arm of Service (Namibian Army, Air Force and the Navy) and will include passing applicable qualification courses stipulated in the NDF Promotion Policy. (3)Second Lieutenant to Lieutenant. When an officer successfully completes 18-months service in the rank of Second Lieutenant, he or she is automatically promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. An officer who fails to reach the necessary standard whilst in the rank of Second Lieutenant is to be discharged from the Service. ( 4 ) P r o m o t i o n E x a m i n a t i o n s . Promotion examinations are to be undertaken from the rank of Lieutenant to Captain and from Captain to Major. Promotion from the rank of Major upwards is to be by selection. (5) Age. An officer/ soldier should be within the stipulated age bracket for promotion. ( 6 ) S e l e c t i o n . Although qualified and recommended, an officer/soldier must be selected for promotion. Selection will depend on the availability of vacant posts. Officers and Soldiers have no right to automatic promotion. They are to be selected/ promoted by Officers/ Soldiers Selection/ Promotion Boards. (7) Other Standards. An officer/ soldier is to meet the minimum standards in military qualifications, education, medical and personal fitness stipulated in the NDF Promotion Policy. The complaints may have been written by persons who are not members of the NDF. This assumption is derived from the fact that all the members of the NDF are expected to be conversant with the NDF Promotion Policy. The criteria listed above are very clear and always explained to the members from their initial training and by the Commanders at parades and other avenues where interactions with their subordinates take place. The complainants are therefore insinuating if they are members of the NDF. The honourable thing they need to do, therefore, is to read and understand the NDF Promotion Policy and stop misleading the nation. Query: What are the recruitment criteria used to join the Namibian Defence Force? Response: The r e q u i r e m e n t s f o r recruitment into the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) have changed over a time. Since 1995 until recently, the requirements for academic qualifications were grade 10 and above for soldiers and Grade 12 and above for officers. However, these requirements were changed in 2015 due to the nature of contemporary warfare. The Requirements/ Criteria are: Subject to section 7(2) of the Defence Act (Act No.1 of 2002), no person is eligible for the enrolment in the Defence Force in a permanent or temporary capacity unless such person: a. Is a Namibian citizen b. Is not less than 18 years old. c. Has passed grade 12 having obtained the points as per advertisement. d. Have no criminal record. e. Meets the required standard of medical fitness determined by the Chief of the Defence Force for the mustering, service of duties for which he or she is about to be enrolled. f. Has the other attributes and qualifications which in the opinion of the Chief of the Defence Force are required for his or her training or necessary for the execution of the duties or services which he or she may be required to perform. The Chief of the Defence Force must assess the eligibility of every applicant for enrolment in the Defence Force and may in exceptional circumstances, when making such assessment relax the requirements concerning age, medical fitness and the educational r e q u i r e m e n t s f o r permanent or temporary enrolment in the Defence Force. From time to time, the Chief of the Defence Force may recruit candidates who may not necessarily meet requirements due to the directive from Cabinet (eg. Previous disadvantage c o m m u n i t y , m a r g i n a l i z e d community and children of the liberation struggle etc). Every time the Namibian Defence Force recruits, a new Recruitment Board is appointed to oversee the recruitment process. This is a quality assurance mechanism that ensures balance and equal representation of all 14 regions in Namibia. The requirements are as such because, soldiers are expected to plan, lead and operate sophisticated weapons systems due to the constantly changing technologies. They are therefore not only operators of weapon systems but must also intelligently apply their minds to everything they are doing and the environment they are working in. These challenges are even greater for Namibia because the NDF is a young defence force and as such it relies on assistance from other countries, in terms of specialised training or acquisition of military equipment. Members of the NDF are also expected to operate jointly with the soldiers of other nations in assistance of a neighbour or in Peace Support Operations. They are therefore expected to have the necessary training to enable them to operate effectively. It must be understood that the NDF was not meant to provide employment, but it was established with a mission to “Defend the territorial integrity of the Republic of Namibia and protect its people and their properties”. The NDF can only accomplish this mission if it has the right human capital and material resources in place at the right time. Those who do not meet the requirements of the NDF are therefore advised and encouraged to try other fields of their choice and interests. * Mr Gideon Shuuya, Chief Media Officer, Ministry of Defence Office of the Judiciary Query: This is a general response to all ‘complaints’ against different magistrates in different regions and how to go about making a formal complaint. Response: The Office of the Judiciary, wishes to inform the nation at large; that as per the Judicial Service Commission Act No. 18 of 1995; under the heading: ‘Functions of the Judicial Service Commission’: 4 (1) (c) ‘conduct disciplinary inquiries into the conduct of persons holding or acting in judicial offices, and receive and investigate complaints from the members of the public concerning the conduct of such persons or the administration of justice at superior court level’; Any person legitimately aggrieved by a Judges’ conduct; with a vested interest therein; may through the Judicial Service Commission lay a formal charge of misconduct or complaint against such Judge. Similarly, it goes without saying that through the Magistrates Act No. 3 of 2003, under Regulation 20 (1) (2) (3) thereof: 20 (1) “A member of the public (hereinafter referred to as the complainant) m a y, b y w r i t t e n declaration under oath or affirmation, lodge a complaint with Commission {Magistrates} on the alleged improper conduct of a magistrate or alleged maladministration of justice in a lower court: 20 (2) A declaration referred to subregulation (1) must at least contain the following particulars: (a) the date and time of the incident to which the complaint relates; (b) the nature of the matter in question; (c) the names of the persons involved and of any witnesses; (d) the grounds on which the complainant is of the opinion that an investigation is justified; and (e) all other relevant information known to the complainant. 20 (3) On receipt of a complaint under sub-regulation (1), the Commission – (a) must – (i) acknowledge receipt thereof in writing to the complainant; and (ii) deal with the complaint in such manner as it may consider appropriate;” *Ms Yvette Hüsselmann, Chief Public Relations Officer, Office of the Judiciary, E-mail: cpro@jud.gov.na SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES TEN (10) SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED BY THE PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF ALGERIA The Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund is inviting all Namibians to apply for the scholarships aimed for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Studies offered by the People’s Democratic of Algeria for 2017/18 academic year. The scholarships are offered in the following fields: 1) LMD Training in French ( Bachelor, Masters and PhD) Technical Science ( x3) Material Science ( x2) Mathematics and Computer Science (x2) Natural Science and Life (x2) Economic and Business Management (x1) ALL INFORMATION REGARDING ELIGIBILTY AND DOCUMENTS REQUIRED WILL BE FOUND ON THE NSFAF WEBSITE: http://www.nsfaf.fund/web/guest/advertisments Due date: 5 July 2017. www.nasfaf.fund

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