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NEW ERA | How to trim down SME running costs Page 10 Schlettwein tables Namra Bill Page 11 INSIDE BUSINESS This news is your business Cheese making factory planned for Okombahe Swakopmund A cheese making factory is expected to be set up in the Okombahe settlement of the Erongo Region in the next financial year, Regional Governor Cleophas Mutjavikua said on Thursday. Delivering his annual state of the region address, Mutjavikua said this will be done by international investors in conjunction with Namibian entrepreneurs. Cleophas Mutjavikua He said imported goat cheese is very expensive in local shops and that situation can only be turned around by producing the same product at home. “We have goat farmers in Otjimbingwe and Okombahe who can benefit from supplying the factory with milk for cheese making. So, we will make this a reality,” he said. The governor said investors visited his office and toured the region to explore investment opportunities after which they chose some. Okombahe is also expected to see a nurses training institution through the same investors, which will mostly focus on training young people from the area. Other projects are hospitals planned for Arandis and Henties Bay, and a desert green scheme project which will be irrigated with desalinated water. “We have to bring agriculture to our desert, we can and we will.” A factory to assemble calculators and radios is envisaged in Walvis Bay, as well as a kitchen utensil production factory financed by Seaflower Whitefish Corporation. “All forks and spoons we use come from other countries – we are about to manufacture our own very soon.” Mutjavikua said these tenders were already advertised and the regional council is just waiting for those with interest to respond. On youth empowerment, the politician reported that 72 unemployed youths were trained in entrepreneurship under the National Youth Service and given soft loans to start their business and create jobs. “Ten of these young people started a bakery in Okombahe which is doing very well,” said the governor. Under the Erongo Development Foundation, more than 65 women and young people from across the region received soft financial loans as start-up capital. On completed projects, Mutjavikua said he is proud of the investment in the region which involves the N million matangara factory at Walvis Bay. The Dunes Mall, which is under construction at Walvis Bay, and the just opened Platz Am Meer Mall in Swakopmund are some other highlights. Mutjavikua said such projects provide employment to a number of people – something a region should be proud of. “ O u r i n t e r e s t a n d p r e o c c u p a t i o n s h o u l d be focused on employment creation.” On education, Mutjavikua said classrooms and teachers accommodation were completed at the villages of Okongue, Otjohorongo and Ozondati. – Nampa Photo: Nampa Aggrieved… Air Namibia employees who staged a demonstration on Thursday at the national airline’s head office in the capital. Employees give Air Namibia 10 days Windhoek Air Namibia employees who staged a demonstration on Thursday at the national airline’s head office in the capital gave their management 10 days to respond to their demands. The employees threatened to take unspecified action should management and the board of directors fail to respond in the given period. Romanus Siyere, an aircraft engineer who read the petition on behalf of the employees, told Nampa they want an independent individual to review the regrading process of the national airline. The employees allege the process had a lot of flaws and did not yield the required results. “We are left with no option but to nullify the process as it did not have the deserved outcome and credibility,” the petition reads. The employees also accuse the company of having reduced their salaries without prior notification, SACU meetings included update on trade agenda Staff Reporter Windhoek Delegates from the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) member states were in Swaziland from June 19 to 23, 2017, to attend the meetings of SACU institutions. The 44th Meeting of the SACU Finance and Audit Committee, chaired by Botswana and the 44th Meeting of the SACU Commission, chaired by the Kingdom of Swaziland, were held in Ezulwini, on June 19 and 20, respectively. The 31st Meeting of the Council of Ministers, chaired by the Kingdom of Swaziland, took place on June 21 at Ezulwini. This meeting preceded the 5th SACU Summit of the Heads of State and Government, which was be hosted by King Mswati III of the Kingdom of Swaziland and chairperson of the SACU Heads of State and Government, on June 23, in Lozitha. The 5th SACU Summit was attended by heads of state and government and representatives of SACU member states, namely Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South which they view as a violation of the Namibian Labour Act, and demand immediate rectification of all affected salaries with full back pay. Another accusation is that there is no proper communication of decisions taken at management meetings. Receiving the petition, board chairperson Gerson Tjihenuna promised to direct their grievances through the prescribed channels. – Nampa Africa and the Kingdom of Swaziland as the chair. The main focus of the summit was to consider the report of the SACU Council of Ministers on progress to implement the roadmap to re-invigorate the SACU work programme. This was agreed to by the heads of state and government during the special meeting on November 12, 2015, in Windhoek. The report also provided an update on the SACU trade agenda, focusing on trade negotiations and trade facilitation programmes.