14 thought leaders Friday, June 30 2017 | NEW ERA I am here again to account to you on progress made through our rededication efforts and indeed in the spirit of Harambee. The developmental state of our region still remains the same like last year. And I am appealing to the inhabitants of Kavango West Region to remain patient and persistent to enable us to achieve our desired goal of developing this region towards prosperity. Our office continues to experience difficulties in obtaining information from and agencies on how the allocated development and operational budget is being implemented in the region addressing developmental activities related to economic development and the social progression of our people. regional stakeholder meetings we always try to get the best available information ministries and agencies). We have to remember that effective governance cannot take place in the absence of appropriate and adequate information and OMAs are duty-bound to provide information to all 14 regions. During the 2016/17 government allocated a budget of N6 million to the region for development programmes with 60 projects. operational budget for 2016/17 still remains a mystery as for the past two years I have been appealing to OMAs to inform all 14 regions about the operational budget allocation to enable the regional leadership to follow up on how our funds for other programmes mentioned above apart from capital projects are being utilised. It is sad to note that our appeal has fallen on deaf ears. The region is fully aware country is going through including the prolonged drought for the past two to three years and appreciate measures being undertaken to address that the Mid-Term Budget Review did not spare us – in spite of statistics showing that the region is the poorest in the any other region that has been in existence already. our developmental projects were new and could not get started on time. All these affected the implementation projects by all OMAs in the region. I think it is high time our central government takes the available national and apply equity when allocating and reviewing budgets to regions. During the period under review 12 projects were supposed to kick off but were put on hold during the Mid- Term Budget Review. They are Kavango West Regional Sirkka Ausiku Namibia. You can agree with me that if all these projects or even two to three of them were implemented the status of our region could have changed for the better. During the period under had projects of Kavango West Regional Government commenced during the period under review however the project was suspended due to the Mid-Term Budget Review and we are disappointed that as a basic need for the region. It actually makes a mockery of our request for government ministries and offices to we have not done that ourselves Governor and that of Kavango West Regional Council. The construction of Mankumpi constituency offices could three constituency offices Ncamagoro were completed as reported last year. The construction of Rupara Rural Development Centre and land servicing at Katwitwi are ongoing and the construction of 122 toilet facilities have been completed. A total number of 33 incomegenerating projects were all eight constituencies. During the period under review Nkurenkuru Town is the construction of municipal 3 and Kahenge proper both for phase two. Nkurenkuru Town Council also under the mass housing programme the 69 houses from which 49 houses are for social housing (low income) and 20 creditlinked houses to the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development and still waiting the final approval. Nkurenkuru Town are not serviced at all. In the Dry Land Crop 5.4 percent benefited from planting and ripped services tractors while 2.6 percent benefited from fertiliser services. for weeding services. The region is the winner for 2016/17 Mahangu Champion competition in the name of Andreas Kamukwanyama of Constituency. And because of this achievement the region will host the National Mahangu Festival and Mahangu Champion Award Ceremony Nkurenkuru. The region is also going to launch Operation Katemo to improve this programme to address food security at national levels In small stock distribution and development in communal the ministry in the region and are supposed to give back 10 to other families. The construction of clinics for the Directorate of and Katwitwi for veterinary while the construction of Katwitwi border post is at an advanced stage. During the period under had five projects like the construction of classrooms and renovation of schools. The one teacher’s house were four hostel block ablution renovated. The numbers of secondary number of staff establishments of teachers remain the same as reported last year and a total number of 460 teachers were recruited during the period under review. We are happy with the Grade 10th position the previous year need to improve our Grade 10 results as we dropped from the sixth position of the previous year to 7th position. * This is an edited excerpt from the State of the Region Address by Sirkka Ausiku, the Governor of Kavango West Region, made on June 27. he growing levels of nemployment in Namibia oses a very serious and angerous picture for the ation and should not be aken for granted as the ontinued negative social mplications thereof could ffect the country’s economic evelopment plans and rograms. t which the unemployment evels have been increasing cross the country over the ears showcases a high egative trend which if ot nipped in the bud now ould derail all national evelopment efforts that were eant to propel the country to ear 2030. Acknowledging at this tage the global economic lowdown during the last evastating agricultural rought in the region and its rowth rate of the Namibian nemployment situation is owever nevertheless still xceptionally too high. And espite strategic intervention y the Namibian Government through national economic development programs such the situation is getting out of hand. This sad situation is further supported by the recently released data of the Namibia Labour Force showed that the number of people employed in 2016 an unemployment increase rate of 6 percent over this decline came from key major economic sectors such as wholesale and agriculture sectors. In contrast to the above and as per the same and manufacturing sector however recorded an increase in employment levels during now experiencing negative economic pressure due to a major decline in new appointments. The above situation is further complicated and compounded by the high number of annual academic graduates from institutions of higher learning who despite having the required employment opportunities in the economy. The moratorium by the Namibian Government of not accepting any new employment into the state job seekers who had opted to work for the Namibian government. Namibia as a result of this negative developing situation needs going forward implement the mass socioeconomic development should without delay reverse these negative social trends. The country has to take the bull by its horns in such ways that the necessary policies and implemented accordingly And despite this upward negative unemployment seems to be business as usual with no effective mass employment creation solutions in sight. unemployment data from the Namibia Labour Force augur well for all concerned stakeholders and hence going forward requires the much needed realistic economic intervention. of key economic sectors such as the m construction and agriculture explained below. In terms of government should impose a directory which will compel that all public institutions such as schools including correctional services procure manufactured or produced sources; that in terms of Namibian-owned companies will be awarded construction projects and in agriculture that all major retailers stock Namibian produced products. This can be extended to the fishing and mining sectors which compels that be issued to significantly Namibian-owned companies all business entities operating in Namibia should have a socially responsible program to directly empower the community. The above national business model will in the long run ensure that Namibians come sectors which at the moment to the detriment of the country. The absence of such a nationally regulated business environment as displayed above is a major contributing factor to the continued high unemployment levels in the bound to continue should the status quo remain. employment creation initiative especially targeting the youth should be the main focus as portion of the Namibian population and all efforts should be geared towards an economic environment which can absorb them into the economic mainstream of the country. unemployment in Namibia with the same vigour and determination which united the nation to achieve its provided the will is there. * Pendapala Hangala is a Namibian socio-economist.
Friday, June 30 2017 | NEW ERA ADVERT 15 PUBLIC NOTICE to Potential Suppliers The University of Namibia operates from twelve (12) Campuses and seven (7) Regional Centres, namely: CAMPUSES 1) Main Campus (Windhoek) 2) Khomasdal Campus (Windhoek) 3) Health Sciences Campus (Windhoek) 4) Neudamm Campus (Windhoek – 40 km outside Windhoek) 5) Southern Campus (Keetmanshoop) 6) Sam Nujoma Campus (Henties Bay) 7) Rundu Campus (Rundu) 8) Katima Mulilo Campus (Katima Mulilo) 9) Ogongo Campus (Ogongo – 65 km outside Oshakati) 10) Oshakati Campus (Oshakati) 11) Hifikepunye Pohamba Campus (Ongwediva) 12) Jose Eduardo dos Santos Campus (Ongwediva) REGIONAL CENTRES 1) Eenhana 2) Tsumeb 3) Otjiwarongo 4) Swakopmund 5) Opuwo 6) Khorixas 7) Gobabis PURPOSE To obtain company profiles from suppliers interested in conducting business with the University of Namibia (UNAM) in respect of the supplying of goods, services and works to be procured throughout the 2017 – 2019 Financial Year. 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Closing date for Submission: 14 July 2017, at 12:00 Note: Submissions of profiles are to be submitted in sealed envelopes and should be submitted at the University of Namibia Main Campus, Administration Block: Ground Floor, Supplier Registration Box. Enquiries: Mr Seth Khachab 061 206 3761 Mr Matias Mupupa 061 206 4855 Ms Wendy Iyambo 061 206 4855 www.unam.edu.na