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2 NEWS Friday, June 30 2017 | NEW ERA Product of New Era Tel: +264 61 - 273 328 Fax: +264 61 - 235 419 Tel: +264 66 - 253 049 Cell: +264 81 488 6594 / +264 81 124 2895 Tel: +264 66 - 256 298 Cell +264 81 217 1888 Tel: +264 65 - 238 990 Fax: +264 65 - 231 305 Tel: +264 67 - 221 652 Cell: +264 81 456 8643 Cell: +264 81 217 9739 Cell: +264 81 204 8078 Tel: +264 63 - 222 057 Cell: +264 81 312 5975 Tel: +264 63 - 204 180 Cell: +264 81 245 9714 Tel: +264 61 - 273 326 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 Tel: +264 61 - 273 322 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 HEALTH From page 1 “Do we get the [best] outcome with these investments? I do not think we get much impact out of the dollar vows to address during his term as health minister. “We need to have innovations [to public health care], such as taking services to the community where people live,” he said, referring to a pilot case where the ministry uses 4x4 to people in a remote village called Onghalulu, Ohangwena Region. He foresees that approach as the means to reduce queues from hospitals, based on his observations that many people in hospital queues countrywide are there The WHO’s Commission for Macroeconomics and Health recommended that spending should rise to US per person by 2007 and to US by 2015 in sub-Saharan Africa. This stems from the background that many African states spend on average between US (N9) and US (N3) per person. per person, statistics from the WHO indicate that public patients only spend an equivalent of 6 percent of the total health bill whenever they visit a state hospital, which “is comparable to more developed economies”. infrastructure through which the ministry dispenses public health care is antiquated, that they now care for people triple their original design capacity. “Engela was not planned to have a pharmacist, it was considered to be a small health centre. And there are many such hospitals,” he says. And there is more: “The management of our public hospitals has not been up to scratch, [including] electrical, plumbing. I accept as current minister that we have not done well in that respect,” he said. The planning of the new structure to make public health delivery smoother took five years to operationalise. Even the planning of new hospitals after independence was poorly done “because there was no supervision by medical experts of what is needed,” hospital that was donated to the government. “It was left to the people. But we have to spend extra money we don’t have at Omuthiya,” he said. As of today the entire country’s 14 regions refer patients to Windhoek’s only hospital that is designed and equipped to attend to serious medical care. “The reason we want to build a referral hospital is to lessen the burden, so that we do not have buses every day bringing in people for referrals,” A referral hospital takes care of complicated cases, surgery, high care, specialised surgery, all complicated medical care that could not be attended to by physicians at other hospitals, including district hospitals in the regions. Health caregivers – especially doctors – were never enough for the population of the country, despite the fact that the country has expatriate doctors from other countries in both the public and private sectors. of this country we have more than 200 doctors graduating from various institutions. One hundred already came, and we are expecting another 100 in September. They would start But not all is doom and gloom. PM to attend NEPAD, AREI meetings in Ethiopia Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila will lead a delegation of cabinet ministers and senior government of the African Union (AU) Assembly in Ethiopia, the presidential spokesperson Albertus Aochamub confirmed yesterday. Aochamub said President Hage Geingob has delegated the Prime Minister to attend the 36th Session of the NEPAD Presidential Infrastructure Champion Initiative Committee, which will be held on the margins of the AU Assembly. Speaking in the National Assembly on Tuesday, the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said: “Namibia has presented an infrastructure development project proposal to the committee which is being considered.” She said as a member of the Board of Directors of the African Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI), President Geingob would also attend the board’s third meeting that will discuss the governance and rules of procedures of the organisation. “AREI seeks to achieve at least 10 gigawatts of new energy capacity GRAPES From page 1 and as more land is under production year by year, more income is expected. She indicated that currently 1,729 hectares of land are under production in the region, of which 1,453 hectares are at Aussenkehr where most Namibian expected to increase to more than 2,200 hectares by the end of this year, which will also result in increased income. the total export value of table grapes was estimated at N6 million, which Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila by 2020 in Africa, and additional renewable energy generation of at least 300 gigawatts by 2030,” said Nandi- Ndaitwah, who is also the deputy prime minister. During last year’s 28th AU Assembly Geingob signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the African Peer-Review Mechanism (APRM), making Namibia the 36th member state of the APRM. The APRM is a tool for sharing experiences, reinforcing best assessing capacity-building needs to foster policies, standards and practices that lead to political stability, high economic growth, sustainable is estimated to reach N billion by the end of 2017,” she said. Although excited at the huge potential of the grape industry, the //Kharas political head expressed disappointment in the lack of value addition to Namibian grapes. She said that adding value by producing grape juice and wine can create more jobs, and “this should be an area that should be explored”. She also expressed concern over the deplorable living conditions of grape workers in general and particularly those at Aussenkehr, noting that residents live in squalid conditions in reed houses and development and accelerated subregional and continental economic integration. According to Nandi-Ndaitwah, Cabinet directed that the government begin the process for institutionalising the APRM, including establishing the necessary structures, such as the National Governance Committee, the secretariat to service the committee and a technical research team from tertiary institutions, to collect and analyse data, carry out research and compile relevant reports. She said relevant government therefore seized with the matter and the entire government machinery is expected to work together to improve good governance and strengthen the country’s democratic institutions. Nandi-Ndaitwah added that APRM members would also take advantage of the Assembly to consult on matters related to its activities. The week-long 29th AU Assembly that started on Tuesday in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa will end next week Tuesday under this year’s theme ‘Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investment in the Youth’. The Assembly will be preceded by a meeting of permanent representatives and the executive council. still use the open veld when nature calls, which she said should not be the scenario for the booming industry. “Their living conditions have been an eyesore to every head of state who has ever visited the area,” she said. She said in an effort to rectify the situation, the //Kharas Regional Council entered a public-private partnership (PPP) with three companies that will assist in developing the area and once completed, Aussenkehr will be able to accommodate 40,000 residents in modern housing, with access to schools, shopping malls and medical facilities. centres, saying: “On that score I would say the government has done well in bringing service to the people.” “Also, health workers have made a difference. We have now more than 1,649 health workers deployed in each region, except Erongo. They have done very well with [combating of] malaria and Congo Fever. On this score I would say we have done well in the matter of dollars spent,” he says. “On the issue of HIV, especially the prevention of mother to child, we have done very well. We have also stabilised the HIV epidemic among adults. Unlike many countries in Africa we buy our own medicine. We spent about 65 percent of our money to buy ARVs, malaria [medicines], and 100 percent [of our money] to buy TB and other medicines. [And] we can almost say we on the verge of eliminating polio,” he says proudly. What is now needed, he says, is leadership not only at executive level, but as a community. “We need a multi-sectoral approach with other ministries to ensure that health education and prevention education happen. So, that is the overarching approach to public health care,” he says. MILLIONS From page 1 the money was to be held in trust for Olenga and could only be used for purposes approved by Olenga and would immediately be paid back to Olenga on request. According to the summary of substantial facts in the indictment, Erwin Sprangers agreed with Olenga that Olenga would pay funds into his bank account for the purpose of developing Olenga’s properties in Namibia. But he then misrepresented to Olenga that should Olenga avail the said funds, he (Sprangers) would hold and keep in trust such funds on behalf of Olenga. The State further alleges that Sprangers misrepresented to Olenga that he would only spend the funds on “expenditure expressly approved” (prior to spending) by Olenga and would upon demand pay back the funds to Olenga. During the period extending from February 10, 2010 to July 6, 2010, the complainant’s funds totalling N.7 million were into the Kintscher Estate Agents and Auctioneers’ First National Bank banking account, with number 554 6004 0542. The banking details, purported to be that of the accused’s trust bank account, whilst actually those of a business account, were supplied to the Olenga by Sprangers, the indictment reads. It further said both one of the Sprangers couple had signature rights on the account. According to the State, once the money was in their said bank account, the Sprangers couple, between February 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010 stole or misappropriated it and/or converted all of the general’s money to their own use. Erwin Sprangers

Friday, June 30 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 Namcol budget reduced by N million Albertina Nakale Windhoek Government has not spared the Namibian College of Open Learning (Namcol) from the drastic budget cuts it has imposed due country currently faces, and has slashed the institution’s budget by nearly N million. Namcol Director Heroldt Murangi yesterday said that year, Namcol received about N1 million which had been severely cut, as the college would only receive about N million for all its operational and developmental costs. Murangi made the remarks launched the Namcol student portal, where he announced the budget cuts and introduced new 2018 academic programmes. He said that due to a grim financial situation, Namcol management had put some measures in place to cope under “Our subvention is reduced by almost 47 percent. We have developed a culture of operating within our means. We are good at complying with relevant legislations. “That is why you did not read in your papers that Namcol failed to pay contributions to social security, pension fund, medical aid or tax. We have to comply and that’s why we said, this is the current budget we have. So what do we have to do so it will not affect our students negatively?” he asked. He announced that Namcol would suspend its contact session for secondary education in the last term. Normally, learners would receive tuition for three weeks in the last term for revision purposes. They had observed over the years that average attendance dropped to as low as 30 percent at the various tutorial centres, because of the external examinations starting mid- September. However, he said they would use those three weeks for the Grade 12 learners’ oral assessment in English and African languages. Therefore, he urged all the Grade 10 and 12 learners to work hard during this term and sit for the mock examinations that will start on 26 July 2017 and end on 23 August 2017. He also announced that as from 2018, the college would reduce the number of weekly contact sessions for Grade 10 it to the three hours currently offered to the Grade 12 learners. “Namcol has now entered the arena where we have to think out of the box. These limitations necessitated by our current economic landscape will not impede our delivery; priority,” he pledged. He said the institution would never compromise on learners’ futures, in particular when it comes to study material, saying they don’t believe in students sharing books. This prompted the college to rather cut its hours as learners can independently study on their own. Murangi said the institution was looking into other means of raising revenue. Through one of the business unit it had established, Namcol would venture into the sale of its study manuals, which are sold through the ministry of Education, Arts and Culture for use in secondary schools throughout Namibia. The chairperson of the Namcol governing board Justin Ellis said it was painful for a growing institution to go through severe budget cuts, although it was not the only institution going through such cuts. Ellis said Namcol had a very cautious and conservative way of spending and ensured it did not spend money it had not budgeted for. However, if Namcol continued to receive such a reduced subsidy, then it would have a negative impact on the institution’s reserves, which would come under strain. He explained that as an institution Namcol did not have a mandate to borrow money if the situation became unbearable. “At the moment we can cope. going forward. If we continue to receive such reduced subsidy, then our reserves and backups will come under strain. “But our concern is what will happen if the situation we are talking about reduced subsidy over a long period of time, then certainly we will be in a very awkward situation,” he remarked. Equally, Ellis stated that they operate with a relatively small workforce. Namcol has about 110 fulltime employees and over 1,200 part-time workers. Murangi also launched the new programmes the college has introduced, which include entrepreneurship, and the bachelor’s degree in youth development, both of which will start next year. From left, Namcol board chairperson Justin Ellis, Namcol Director Heroldt Murangi and Namcol Deputy Director for Programmes and Materials Development, Jan Nitschke. RCC future in Cabinet’s hands: Jooste Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek A decision on whether or not to shut down the Roads Contractor Company (RCC) remains in the hands of cabinet, Public Enterprises Minister Leon Jooste said this week. Speaking to New Era, Jooste said Cabinet had asked his ministry to look at either the option of turning around the company or closing it down. His ministry has since studied the matter and sent a report to Cabinet, which will then decide the company’s fate. “I think in my honest opinion the RCC in its current form, and looking at its legacy up until now, has not done what it was designed to do,” Jooste said. The RCC was designed to operate as road construction and maintenance it would dissolve and devolve those tasks to Namibian SMEs, which never happened. “If you really analyse that and what the RCC has done during this period and the mandate that it should fall within the road construction maintenance sector, I am not sure that the RCC has done what it was supposed to do for the government,” he said. “Now we have to again look at that sector, which is an important sector in the country, and decide whether government should be involved in that sector through an SOE. “If the answer is yes, then the question is in what form and for what purpose,” he questioned. Jooste added that the role of his of a particular company and whether He said most of the parastatals were created some years ago, with some even established at Independence, so the ministry’s task was to evaluate their relevance in the Namibia of today. Nuusita Ashipala Ongwediva granted bail of N,000 at the Ondangwa Magistrates Court on Wednesday. The suspects granted bail include the court’s chief clerk Martha Nakakuwa (33), legal court clerk John Sauzuo (58) and Petrus Kalenga (46) a messenger of the court. The 31-year-old court interpreter Adolf Geovani Simeon, who was arrested together with the three, did not have his bail hearing heard with the others because his bail hearing would only take place yesterday (Thursday). The four face charges ranging from theft and corruptly using child maintenance payments. Simeon faces an additional charge of fraud. The court has remanded their case to 7 August 2017 for further investigations. appearance on Monday 19 June 2017. Simeon was arrested on Friday 16 while the rest were arrested on Saturday 17. 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