2 Friday 27 April 2018 NEW ERA NEWS JOB From page 1 “There will be retrenchments for a large number of employees as only a small multi-functional staff pool of about 20 people will stay on. Care and maintenance will take a while to be fully implemented and retrenchment arrangements will be discussed with employees,” the memo told the employees. “Care and maintenance is the only real responsible alternative,” Itrona explained in the memo. At its peak Langer Heinrich represented one of the largest uranium reserves in Namibia having estimated reserves of 57,000 tonnes of ore grading 0.055 percent uranium. Paladin Energy CEO Alex Molyneux yesterday issued a statement to shareholders and the media saying the reasons to shut down the mine include the continued deterioration of macro factors, the stubbornly low spot uranium prices, and foreign exchange rates. Put together all those factors made it “less likely that the company will be in a position to resume physical mining activity at Langer Heinrich nor would processing low grade stockpile be viable”, Molyneux said. The mine has commenced consultations with the minister of mines and energy and the Mineworkers Union of Namibia to finalise the process. Molyneux also said preparations are underway to make “arrangements and changes in staffing that may result in initial redundancies”. Australia’s Paladin Energy had sold a 25 percent ownership stake in the mine to the Chinese Uranium Corporation Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Chinese National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) for U0 million (about N billion). However, the once dubbed mining hero, Paladin, had just completed a restructuring after entering into administration in July 2017. The company is being propped up by the Deutsche Bank loan which was given to refinance secured debt with Nedbank, and to keep Langer Heinrich mine operational, as well as provide additional working capital across the group. The stoppage of the mining activities at Langer Heinrich is another blow to Paladin Energy. Molyneux emphasised that the plummeting uranium prices are to blame, saying the spot price has been hovering at about N8 (US) per pound, compared with the peak spot price of N,736 (US0) per pound when Langer Heinrich went into production in 2007 and the N8 (US) per pound price of uranium before the Fukushima disaster in March 2011. “The uranium market has failed to recover since the Fukushima incident, with the average spot price so far in 2018 the lowest in 15 years,” he said. “It is deeply distressing to have to consider suspending operations at Langer Heinrich because of the consequences for our employees and the broader community. However, as there has yet to be a sustainable recovery in the uranium market, and with the aim of preserving maximum long-term value for all stakeholders, it is clearly prudent to consider these difficult actions,” Molyneux added. Paladin would make a formal decision on the future of the Langer Heinrich operation within the next two months, with the care-andmaintenance process expected to take between one and two months, after which the mine would cease uranium production. Pa l a d i n p r e v i o u s l y t o l d shareholders that the mediumgrade ore stockpiles currently being used as feed for the Langer Heinrich processing plant would be exhausted before mid-2019, necessitating a decision on the future of the project. Paladin produced 670,456 pounds of uranium oxide from its Langer Heinrich operation during the three months to March, a 23 percent decline on the previous quarter. The project has a 5.2-millionpound-a-year nominal production capacity, and in 2017 produced 3.4-million pounds of uranium oxide. Physical mining at the project was halted in 2017. PRESS From page 1 Namibia was ranked number one in Africa for many consecutive years, but is toppled by Ghana in the latest index. The West African country, which gained it independence in 1957, is ranked 23rd in the world. Speaking to New Era yesterday, Simataa said the ministry’s engagement with stakeholders would not be to argue the drop but to find out what contributed to the drop and how the previous glories can be regained. “Our intention is to retain the number one status in Africa and eventually to became number one in the world,” said Simataa. Presidential spokesperson, Dr Alfredo Hengari, said President Hage Geingob has demonstrated at all times commitment to freedom of the press. He said the President repeated this call in May last year at the official World Press Freedom Day celebrations. In light of that, he said the drop in the country’s rankings is “irritating”. “President Geingob wanted an improvement on our global position to eventually become the country with the freest press in the world,” said Hengari. “We have started to critically analyse the report of Reporters Without Borders, and corrective action will be taken to return the country to number one. Of course we don’t agree with some of the assumptions of Reporters Without Borders, which we believe are erroneous and don’t speak to the facts and reality on the ground,” he added. Reporters Without Borders noted that although Namibia’s constitution guarantees free speech and protects journalists, the lack of a freedom of information law continues to obstruct their work. “Those who dare to criticise the authorities are often the target of government threats and seek refuge on the internet, where they are not subject to control,” said the newly released index report. But like Namibia, Ghana does not have an access to information law. The report says at the same time, self-censorship is common in the state-owned media. “Public order and security legislation is often used to restrict the freedom to inform, while journalists are sometimes the targets of insults or attacks by political parties,” it said. According to the report, progovernment media receive a large chunk of their revenue from advertising, which threatens the financial prospects of the privatelyowned media and independent news coverage. Namibian Sun editor Festus Nakatana yesterday told New Era that the country’s latest World Press Index is unsurprising considering the prevailing conditions in the media fraternity, which sees government portraying an open-door policy but being very sparse and scarce when it comes to responding to media queries on pertinent issues. “We have also seen a proliferation of court cases where government is attempting to block the media from doing its job, including the recent case involving the Namibia Central Intelligence Service which is dragging a weekly newspaper to court in a bid to stop it from publishing so-called sensitive information,” said Nakatana. The Patriot editor, Mathias Haufiku, who together with his newspaper is being challenged with a gag order court application by the Namibia Central Intelligence Service, said media freedom has been non-existent in most African countries, hence, celebrating African rankings is to a certain extent an indicator of how low targets are set. “Namibia needs to compete on a global scale by breaking into the Top 10 world rankings to show that media freedom is indeed an ideal that is held in high regard in our country,” said Haufiku. “We also know that the climate of fear and tension continues to erode press freedom in Namibia, which is due to the fact that officials in positions of power have entrenched the culture of secrecy and would do anything to hide their dealings,” he added. NUJOMA From page 1 The statement quotes President Geingob saying: “Comrade Nujoma, an indomitable Pan-Africanist and revolutionary par excellence, is an emblem of our liberation struggle, and his contributions to the freedom of the oppressed extend beyond our borders.” “His deep footprints in the making of our history, and reshaping of our region, alongside travelling companions, including the venerable Oliver Reginald Tambo, make him a natural and worthy recipient of the Award of the Order of the Companions of O.R. Tambo Gold.” Geingob continued: “Additionally, it is testimony to his selfless personal sacrifices as a freedom fighter, but an award he will accept on behalf of the Namibian people to whom he has demonstrated love and commitment. It is a proud moment for Namibians when one of the best among their fold is elevated by the sister people of the Republic of South Africa to the Order of the Companions of O.R. Tambo Gold.” Nujoma is scheduled to receive the award in South Africa’s capital, Pretoria, tomorrow. The award recognises eminent foreign nationals for friendship shown to South Africa. The award is given in recognition of Nujoma’s opposition to the then government of apartheid South Africa and for leading the force that fought alongside South African freedom fighters and posed a formidable challenge to the oppressive regimes in the southern African region. South Africa says Nujoma led Namibia to freedom and has continued to be a great source of inspiration. TRAINING From page 1 establishing a footprint of public VTCs in all 14 regions and improving quality of training (through up-skilled and qualified trainers, fit-for-purpose tools and equipment and industry response programme offerings). She added that implementation of this initiative commenced at the beginning of 2017. It is anticipated that the number of trainees in the TVET system will increase from the current level of 25,000 to well over 100,000 at full implementation by 2031/32. “TVET is considered to be one of the key drivers of industrialisation, and an effective tool for imparting employability skills to the youth. TVET is an important engine for job creation and self-employment,” she said. Key projects to be embarked upon include further expansion of the Okakarara VTC (Otjozondjupa), Nakayale VTC (Omusati) and Valombola V TC (Oshana); construction of the Omuthiya VTC (Oshikoto); and the construction of Keetmanshoop VTC (//Kharas). She said a total of 600 trainers from public vocational training centres, public enterprises and private training institutions attended short further and upskilling training locally and in countries such as Germany, Spain and India, as part of a comprehensive capacity-building programme. She said promoting and leveraging TVET career paths and fighting the societal perception under which TVET career options are stereotyped as low status, with limited potential for career growth, will remain a priority for the considerable future. She said the year under review saw the conclusion of a very successful national advocacy campaign, under which 24 TVET graduates were profiled as ‘ambassadors’ or ‘champions’ of the TVET sector. She said weekly television programmes and print content advertorials were broadcast on NBC television and published in the New Era newspaper, respectively. Furthermore, she said the same content was also shared on a variety of social media platforms, adding that very soon campaign material will be distributed to primary and secondary schools across the country to ensure learners can access this information. On the international front, Namibia sent a team of seven competitors to partake in the WorldSkills Competition in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from October 14 to 17, 2017. Therefore, she said, preparations are already underway for the staging of the second National Skills Competition in September 2018, at which competitors are to be selected to represent Namibia at the 2019 WorldSkills Competition, in Kazan, Russia. 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Friday 27 April 2018 NEW ERA UNDP Resident Coordinator bids farewell WINDHOEK – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Coordinator for Namibia, Kiki Gbeho, yesterday bade President Hage Geingob farewell, as she leaves for her next assignment in Darfur. Last month, the UN Secretary General António Guterres and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki, announced that Gbeho is the new Deputy Joint Special Representative for the hybrid UN-AU operation in Darfur. Gbeho reflected on her stay in Namibia saying she had to hit the ground running and start work on government-aligned programmes such as poverty alleviation. “It’s been a short time but we have achieved a lot. We worked on the NDP5 [the firth National Development Plan] with the ministry. We worked on the poverty blueprint and the poverty conference. We worked on programmes to mobilise global funds for HIV/AIDS and the global environment fund. We brought tens of millions of •Clemans Miyanicwe KAMANJAB - Communities in the Sesfontein area are struggling with water shortage for seven years now and at times survive from springs when it rains, according to Sesfontein constituency councillor, Julius Kaujova. Kaujova revealed that some farms, such as the ones in the Middlepos area, do not have a borehole and rely on water the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry supplies with a water truck. The water shortage dates back to 2011 and the agriculture ministry has since been saying it is drilling new boreholes. To get water, the community of Omuheke now has to travel with donkey carts to Soetwater or Marinus to fetch Kiki Gbeho, who served as UNDP Resident Coordinator and Representative to Namibia, bids President Hage Geingob farewell at State House. dollars to Namibia,” she noted. President Geingob, who wished her well in her next assignment, applauded her for having actively engaged within Namibian communities during her tenure. She applauded Namibia for its good governance and also said the country has the “fastest reductions in poverty on the continent.” “We are saying Namibia needs to address its last mile challenge, which perhaps is the most difficult challenge of all,” she said. Gbeho is optimistic that Namibia will win the war against poverty come 2025. She also said the UN framework is now fully aligned with Namibia’s development strategy, where they are using the same pillar names as those in the NDP5. Gbeho has served in Namibia since 2015 supporting the government with the coordination of external development assistance through the UN partnership and development frameworks. Sesfontein communities are without water water. “The elderly are suffering and communities have to travel 8 kilometres with donkey carts to fetch water,” Kaujova said. A truck normally provides the farmers with water but at times there are no supplies for up to a month. “This is not a joke. At times, the ministry has challenges due to truck breakdown and the communities have to source water from nearby farms or, if it rains, from the springs and riverbeds,” Kaujova said. Kapukapua Kuvare from the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry’s Directorate for Water Supply and Sanitation coordination in the Kunene Region, says they are aware of the situation at Omuheke but due to budget cuts, there is nothing his directorate can do. “The last boreholes we drilled were in the 2013/2014 financial year but now we cannot say much as we are not aware how much will be allocated as the budget is not tabled yet,” Kuvare told New Era. “We cannot move to the next level and drill new boreholes. We just maintain and repair, as that is the current situation,” Kuvare revealed. Kuvare said in the whole of the Kunene Region water sources can only be maintained and repaired, as no new boreholes can be drill due to budget cuts. Kaujova, who is also the Kunene regional chairperson, said boreholes are budgeted for but availability of funds hampers efforts to get new boreholes for the region. Introducing the Bank Windhoek Visa Gold and Platinum Credit Cards Bank Windhoek is proud to announce the introduction of its Visa Gold and Visa Platinum Credit Cards to the Namibian Market. NEWS As a customer centric organisation, the introduction of the Bank Windhoek Visa Credit Cards signifies a milestone in the Bank’s continued endeavour to meet our customers’ expectations and needs. The new Bank Windhoek Visa Gold and Platinum Credit Cards are our customers’ pass to risk-free online transacting and single-view management of accounts on the Bank’s electronic banking channels, including our Mobile App and Internet Banking. 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