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

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8 CRIME & COURTS Tuesday, June 20 2017 | NEW ERA Du Preez wants to plead guilty to killing lover’s husband WINDHOEK A man who allegedly connived with his lover to murder the woman’s husband at Gobabis on 23 August 2013, wants to admit to committing the offence. Ryno Ricardo du Preez, 33, is charged along with his lover Rachel Elizabeth Rittmann, 46, in respect of the death of her husband Rudolf Rittmann, whose burned remains were found in his car near the Windhoek-Gobabis road. Du Preez informed High Court Judge Christie Liebenberg on Monday that he will tender a plea of guilty to the three counts of murder, conspiracy to murder and defeating or obstructing the course of justice. The accused will tender his guilty pleas as per provisions of Section 122 of the Criminal Procedures Act and in accordance with the instructions he gave his State-funded defence lawyer Boris Isaaks. A written statement of the intended guilty pleas was also handed in to the presiding judge and prosecution representatives, State Advocates Martino Olivier and Ethel Ndlovu. As a result of Du Preez’s intended guilty pleas, the trial was ordered to stand down until Tuesday morning at 11h00 to allow the prosecution team to go through the statement and see whether it contains all the elements for pleading guilty. Rachel Rittmann, through her governmentfunded defence lawyer Hipura Ujaha, did not inform the court how she will plead to the charges against her. The two accused face one count of murder each, a count of defeating or obstructing the course of justice, a count of violating a dead body by setting it alight and a count of malicious damage to property. The Rittmann couple allegedly had marital problems that often led to temporary separation stints during 2012 and 2013. It is suspected the two accused plotted Rudolf’s murder and worked together to that effect. The motive of the murder was to cash in on inheritance. On the day, Rachel Rittmann allegedly fed her husband unidentified tablets through a drink and he became drowsy. She then called in Du Preez, who was waiting nearby, to kill Rudolf. Rudolf was stabbed 20 times with a sharp object, presumably a knife, while he lay in a state of confusion in his bed. The accused then reportedly loaded his body into his car and drove it up to the Kappsfarm area, east of Windhoek and a few kilometres from the police check point, where the burnt car was later found. They had set the vehicle on fire in an effort to cover their tracks. Rittmann is being held at the Klein Windhoek Police Station, while Du Preez is at the Windhoek Central Correctional Facility’s holding cells. – Nampa Learners advised to refrain from drugs Tuulikki Abraham Lüderitz Learners have been warned to refrain from using narcotic substances by Detective Warrant Officer Martin Clarke, commander of the Drug Law Enforcement Unit in Lüderitz. Clarke addressed learners last Friday during the commemoration of the Day of the African Child at Lüderitz Junior Secondary School, where he did a presentation on drug awareness, and mentioned the most common drugs imported illegally into Namibia, which could lead to high school dropouts. He said he has been in Lüderitz for three months now after the drug unit opened its offices. Up to now he opened five drug cases, whereby seven people were arrested, including a notorious local drug dealer who is still in police custody, as he did not get bail. Clarke urged learners and the community to work together to fight the drug scourge. During the commemoration of the Day of the African Child, !Nami#nus Constituency Councillor and chairperson of //Karas Regional Council Jan Scholtz delivered a speech by the Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare Doreen Sioka. Photo: Tuulikki Abraham Reaching out… Drug Law Enforcement Unit Commander in Lüderitz Detective Warrant Officer Martin Clarke makes a presentation on drugs awareness at Lüderitz. The 10 th UNESCO Youth Forum UNESCO is hereby launching a call for proposals for young change-makers to attend the 10 th UNESCO Youth Forum, entitled “Rethinking Youth Engagement with UNESCO” (25-26 October 2017, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France). The primary aim of the Forum is to build sustainable relationships with young change-makers who are leading or co-shaping impactful initiatives in a UNESCO field of competence (education, sciences, culture, communication and information). We are looking for engaged young women and men that have first-hand experience of the issues tackled by UNESCO and who are ready to commit to work alongside the Organization in developing solutions. Eligibility: Before starting the application process, please make sure that your proposal meets these eligibility criteria: • the young woman or man must be working in an area related to UNESCO’s mandate, AND • they must also be ready to commit to collaborate with UNESCO on opportunities that may arise within their area of specialization with a view to promoting peace and development, AND • the young woman or man is aged between 18 and 24 at the time of the Forum or, in exceptional circumstances, within the youth age definition of their country of origin, AND • the young woman or man has either led or co-shaped an innovative social initiative that relates to one of UNESCO’s areas of competence, and this initiative has received a significant amount of public recognition/ government recognition/media coverage, OR • the young woman or man has a story of resilience (the young person has overcome odds / defied expectation to achieve their objective). Please ensure that all fields in the application form are completed with as much detail as possible. Forms with fields left blank or with insufficient supporting information will not be considered. The final selection of the proposals submitted will be made by UNESCO’s Secretariat ensuring that they are in compliance with the above-mentioned criteria and taking into account the following factors: • thematic balance, covering the various UNESCO programme areas • gender balance • regional balance, taking into consideration the nationality of the participant. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Application: Interested and eligible youth must complete an online application at the following link: You can submit your application by 25 June 2017 (midnight Paris time). After this date, the application form will no longer be available. Monday, 19 June 2017 Centre Tal Street 07:00-16:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 SGA 09:00-14:30 Swakopmund Town (Ferdinand Stich Str 4) 13:00-18:00 ___________________________ Tuesday, 20 June 2017 Centre Tal Street 07:00-16:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 NIMT (Keetmanshoop) 09:00-16:00 Walvis Bay NAMBTS (Behind Welwitschia Medi-park) 13:00-18:00 ___________________________ Wednesday, 21 June 2017 Centre Tal Street 07:00-16:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 Keetmanshoop Town (NG Church Hall) 11:00-18:00 Namwater 09:00-14:30 ____________________________ Thursday, 22 June 2017 Centre Tal Street 07:00-18:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 Regional Health Training Centre (Keetmanshoop) 09:00-15:00 ____________________________ Friday, 23 June 2017 Centre Tal Street 07:00-16:00 United House Centre 08:30- 16:00 ____________________________ For further enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact Rev Roderick April, Secretary-General of the Namibia National Commission for UNESCO at or +264 61 2933299

Tuesday, June 20 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 9 America here to help, says US ambassador Ngaevarue Katjangua Okahandja Thomas Daughton, the United States of America’s ambassador to Namibia, has said the core reason that America has a presence on Namibian soil in the first place is to help Namibia succeed in her development agenda. Daughton made the remarks during the swearing-in ceremony of the 45 th group of Peace Corps community economic development volunteers in Okahandja last Thursday. “Our Peace Corps volunteers are one of the most enduring symbols of why America is in Namibia in the first place: to help Namibia succeed, to build resilient community economies and change lives for the better,” he remarked. The Peace Corps is a volunteer programme run by the US government. The first group of volunteers arrived in Namibia on September 9, 1990 – five months after the country gained its independence. The primary role of the early volunteers was to teach English in support of Namibia’s then new government’s declaration of English as the country’s first language. Annually, the American government sends a group of Peace Corps volunteers to assist Namibia with much-needed skills in areas such as health, education, business and community development. To date, Peace Corps volunteers have served voluntarily in local authorities, various community-based organisations and non-governmental organisations, with the aim of providing voluntary services to help sustain the Namibian nation. New Era caught up with one of the volunteers, retired 64-year-old Vernon Seward, who was assigned to Arandis. He was highly enthusiastic about helping to diversify revenue streams for Arandis town. “I am from Florida, Orlando in the US, retired with two kids. I enjoy volunteering; I have done this so many times and I am really excited to see how I can continue making an impact in Arandis,” he said. Namibia looks to learn from Zimbabwe Grace Mutelo Rundu Governor of Kavango East Region Dr Samuel Mbambo recently headed a 35-member team comprising of delegates from his office, state-owned enterprises and farmers on a study tour to Mashonaland West Province in Zimbabwe. The aim of the weeklong familiarization trip to Mashonaland West was to explore areas of possible cooperation and business opportunities. Mbambo and his delegation also held meetings, including ones focusing on cooperation in food production and value addition with the aim of replicating what they learned to alleviate hunger and work towards poverty eradication. “The interest that brought us here is the food production business. Whatever has to do with food is very important for us to learn from our brothers and sisters in Zimbabwe,” said Mbambo. “We want to learn how they are going about producing their food and ensure that they are economically viable.” They toured Best Fruit Processors in Norton, Pickstone Mine, Kadoma Paper Mills, Gwebi College, Highbury Estates, Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT), Lions Den Silos and many others. Mbambo said the trip thrilled him. “I am very much excited to be here, because this is the beginning of our dream becoming a reality, our dream to become a bread basket of our country. This dream is a difficult journey, full of challenges from within and without the country. This journey will be difficult, because there are people in this world who believe that Africa cannot feed her own children, but that she was cursed to be a beggar forever. “Some people believe that - despite the abundant natural resources with which Africa is blessed - her children are cursed to be the poorest of the poor; that Africa should not sit at the table with all members of the global village and enjoy her own bread, but wait for the crumbs that fall from the table,” he stated. “Therefore it is important that those of us who decided to undertake this journey must know that it will cost sweat and tears. This is a journey of economic emancipation, a journey of economic selfreliance,” said Mbambo “The first phase of our liberation struggle [was] the armed liberation struggle. That phase was characterised by the sound of liberating music instruments, such as AK-47, Bazooka and the ‘Stalin Organ’ or better known as ‘Katusha’ or 40 barrels. Secondly, this day opened the second phase of our liberation struggle – for economic independence. “The post-independence period is also known as the second phase of the liberation struggle. As long as this second phase of the struggle is not yet won, we will always say, quoting Odinga Oginga, the first vicepresident Kenya: ‘It is not yet Uhuru.’” He further said that two very important events took place on March 21, 1990. The first chapter of this phase was laid down by founding president Sam Nujoma with the policy of peace and reconciliation. This period was followed by the policy of stability that was under the supervision of Namibia’s second president Hifikepunye Pohamba. “We are now in the third chapter of economic emancipation, called prosperity, steered by our current President Dr Hage Geingob. President Geingob believes that for prosperity to become a reality it is important that drastic steps be taken. “It should not and must not be business as usual. That is why the president declared all-out war against hunger and poverty. Hunger and poverty eradication is only possible with the creation of wealth,” Mbambo stated. In addition, the first step towards wealth creation that will eradicate hunger and poverty is food production. “As a region, blessed with perennial rivers, fertile soil, suitable climate and sufficient rainfall, we decided to partake in the war against poverty through food production programmes. Our programme of food production is called “Operation Werengendje,” he further said. The word ‘Werengendje’ means termites or ants. Termites are hardworking insects that gather their food in summer before winter. “We looked at this hardworking, focus-minded, persistent, tenacious small creature and named our programme of food production after it,” he noted. Minister of State for Mashonaland West Provincial Affairs Cde Faber Chidarikire described the visit as an opportunity for the province to showcase some of their projects and products. “This is really a way of trying to promote business coming into this country, so that we increase our exports and thereby boost our economic turnaround,” he said. * Grace Mutelo is an information officer in the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) based in Rundu. The Road Fund Administration (RFA) is a statutory organisation under the auspices of the Minister of Finance, established to professionally manage the Namibian Road User Charging System (RUCS) with a view to secure and allocate sufficient funding for the achievement of a safe and economically efficient road network in Namibia. REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR CONSULTANCY SERVICES: PROVISION OF TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO LOCAL AUTHORITIES AND REGIONAL COUNCILS CONSULTANCY SERVICES REQUIRED RFA TENDER NUMBER: RFA-PMPA-LTC-2017/01 The Road Fund Administration (RFA) requires consultancy services for the provision of technical assistance to Local Authorities and Regional Councils for the purpose of effective road maintenance. The RFA therefore invites suitably qualified and experienced Namibian consultancy firms to submit technical and financial proposals to provide among others the following services: Plan, design (to a limited extent), tender documentation and budgeting for road maintenance projects/programmes. To gradually introduce the use of a Pavement Management System (PMS) (i.e. excel based) in order to prioritise projects/programmes for funding. Monitor and evaluate road maintenance works in order to attain the ‘value for money principles’. Build technical capacity by means of direct skills transfer and training. Request for Proposal (RFP) documents, can be purchased from the RFA’s Head Office located at, 21 Feld Street, Windhoek at a cost of N0.00 as from Wednesday, 14 June 2017. Please take note that proposals will not be considered unless delivered at the latest by the closing date and time indicated below. It is the responsibility of the potential bidder to ensure that its proposals are placed in the tender box at the RFA by the closing date and time. All technical and financial proposals become the property of the RFA. The RFA reserves the right to reject any or all proposals from all, some or none of the firms that submit the proposals. CLOSING DATE FOR PROPOSALS: Wednesday, 05 July 2017 CLOSING TIME FOR PROPOSALS: 11:00am DELIVERY ADDRESS: Tender Box, RFA, 21 Feld Street, Windhoek ENQUIRIES: Mr Nehemiah Kapofi Tel: +264(61)-433 3000 Email: MUNICIPALITY OF HENTIES BAY NOTICE INTENTION TO ALIENATE ERVEN 3099 & 3100 HENTIESBAAI EXTENSION 12 BY WAY OF PRIVATE TRANSACTION TO MESSRS DUNAMIS CONSULTING ENGINEERS & PROJECT MANAGERS FOR THE PURPOSES OF ESTABLISHING A HOTEL By virtue of Council Resolution CR/021/29/03/2017 and in terms of Section 63 (2)(b) of the Local Authorities Act, (Act 23 of 1992) as amended, read in conjunction with Section 30 (1)(t) of the Local Authorities Act 1992 ( Act 23 of 1992) as amended, notice is hereby given that the Municipal Council of Henties Bay intents to alienate by way of private treaty the following properties to MESSRS DUNAMIS CONSULTING ENGINEERS & PROJECT MANAGERS as indicated: 1. Erf 3099 Hentiesbaai Extension 12 in extend 3101 m 2 and zoned ‘General Residential’ at a purchase price of N$ 1 085,350.00; and 2. Erf 3100 Hentiesbaai Extension 12 in extend 3601 m 2 and zoned “General Residential” at a purchase price of N$ 1 260,350.00 Further take note that the locality and the layout plan of the properties lie open for inspection during office hours at the offices of the Municipal Council situated at the corner of Jakkalsputz Road and Nickey Iyambo Avenue. Any person (s) having objection (s) to the intended alienation of such properties may lodge such objection (s) fully motivated thereof to the undersigned, within fourteen (14) days after the second placement of the advert. The Chief Executive Officer P O Box 61 Henties Bay

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