4 NEWS Friday, April 6 2018 | NEW ERA Clemans Miyanicwe Kamanjab The Swartbooi Traditional Authority at Fransfontein is up in arms over planned mining involving Chinese nationals in cahoots with Namibians who have been offered shares in a ‘sensitive’ area of the //Huab Conservancy, which teems with rhino, once the mine is operational. According to Deputy Kaptein Essegiel /Uirab of the Swartbooi Traditional Authority, Chinese nationals numbering between edly been spotted in a sensitive area that is zoned by // Huab Conservancy, which is Threatened… The white rhino counts among endangered game species. Uproar over planned mine at rhino sanctuary exclusively for the protection of endangered rhinos. “This area is zoned for rhinos for their safety and such wildlife was moved to the area a few years ago. Tourists visit this area for that purpose and the conservancy does not allow disturbance either from mining or hunting,” /Uirab said. New Era has withheld the name of the farm because of concern over the safety of the rhinos. /Uirab says due to the sensitivity of the area no heavy machinery and explosions from dynamite are allowed in the area. Chinese nationals have been visiting the area since late last year while their Namibian partners have even pitched some tents. “Rhinos are living there but devious things are happening, as one traditional authority member has even partnered with the Chinese and they are there,” maintained /Uirab. He said one traditional authority signed some documents allowing him and his partners to mine an unknown mineral in the highly sensitive area that shelters rhinos. Once mining starts, the Chinese have reportedly of- to //Huab Conservancy, while the Swartbooi Traditional Authority will receive 10 percent. Schools implored to improve pass rate Matheus Hamutenya Karasburg One of the factors contributing to poor academic performance in Namibian schools is the failure of school principals to manage their respective schools properly. This is according to Namibia’s Deputy Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Anna Nghipondoka, who said many schools perform poorly because those entrusted to lead and give direction do not have a clue how to run a school. She says a school without proper direction and guidance from the principal results in failure. Nghipondoka, who spoke during a principals’ meeting at Karasburg on Tuesday, pointed out that a lack of vision among some principals trickles down to teachers and learners. “We must have a positive outlook of the future – it is only a positive principal that will do well with meagre resources,” she said. She said some schools do not perform because the principals work in isolation, as they plan and make decisions without consulting teachers and thus some teachers are not motivated to do their work properly, adding that some principals do not even speak or give tasks to their teachers. The former education director emphasised the importance of good management, saying this is needed if schools are to perform well, and thus she called on all principals to improve on the management of their schools. “Principals should plan together with their heads of departments, and teachers, speak to your teachers, share responsibility, and bring in a sense of responsibility, but this is not happening – these teachers feel hopeless, stupid and lost.” She said some teachers do not know their duties, as they always wait to be pushed around for them to do their job, which Nghipondoka says should come to an end. “If you are a committed teacher, you do not need someone to be behind you to push you to do your job, a job that you are paid to do.” She called on teachers to go the extra mile to achieve good results, noting that many a time teachers are unwilling to even use their own resources to enhance their growth professionally, as she noted that that they can afford on their own, to do research and gain more knowledge on the subject they teach. “You want to be given everything, even for your personal growth – you want government to provide for you, you will die poor!” she said. to their problems by working together as a team and not depend on external personnel to assist even when they are capable of doing things themselves. Allure… This illustrative photo of a roulette wheel that is also used for gambling. Zelna Hengari the MD of NWR Our Star of the Week is Namsov Fishing Enterprises (NFE) which through the Namsov Community Trust (NCT) last Wednesday night donated N0 000 to the governors of the country’s 14 regions as part of its corporate social responsibility programme. The funds will be used for community development projects in the regions. In 2014, NCT embarked on a development programme in partnership with Namibia’s 14 regional governors and created the Governors’ Regional Development Programme. To date, NCT disbursed N million to the programme. In this photo, from left, are the special advisor to the Governor of the Khomas Region, Rosalia Mwashekele-Sibiya, Governor of the Khomas Region, Laura McLeod-Katjirua, the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernhardt Esau, Namsov Fishing Enterprises MD, Gerrie Hough, and the chairperson of Namsov Fishing Enterprises and trustee of Namsov Community Trust, Sebulon Kankondi. Child grants spent on gambling, alcohol Clemans Miyanicwe Kamanjab Yolanda Tjipuka who is the administration and Child Welfare, based in the northwestern village of Kamanjab, is concerned about parents and guardians gambling and spending child grants on alcohol and cigarettes. Tjipuka told New Era, “They use it on alcohol and gambling machines. We hold parents’ meetings where we advise them how to use child grants responsibly,” said Tjipuka. said several cases in which child grants were abused have been reported to her the plight of children who are government child welfare division and community development division with three staff in total. times and those who misuse the grant can be taken off the list as receivers and someone else could be appointed to receive the grant on behalf of the child. In Kamanjab, 1,332 children receive grants while 254 have been on the waiting namely, the vulnerable grant which unemployed parents receive for their children, a maintenance grant for children whose parents have passed away, a special maintenance grant for disabled children under 18 years, and a foster grant for children under foster care. According to Tjipuka, children do as long as they are part of an educational institution, while those who receive a special maintenance grant have to apply for a pension grant when they turn 18. villages and towns across Kunene Region, which is one of the regions worst affected with high unemployment, and in Kamanjab most single mothers pay their house bills, buy food and clothes solely from the grant.
Friday, April 6 2018 | NEW ERA NEWS 5 Cybercriminals hack minister’s FB account Staff Reporter Windhoek Hackers have apparently interfered with the Facebook account of the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Alpheus !Naruseb and are now spreading false information that there are agricultural loans being extended to the public. In a statement issued late yesterday, the ministry’s permanent secretary Percy Misika warned the public that the circulating information, purportedly that the European Union is offering misleading. “!Naruseb’s Facebook account has been hacked into by an unscrupulous person. The hacker is claiming to be the minister and is circulating false information stating that the EU (European Union) is offering loans to African through the European Afri-Agro Loan Budget to eradicate poverty in Africa,” said Misika. “This is false and malicious information that has nothing to do with the minister,” he said. Misika also said the secretary of corporate information is fake and misleading.” “The ministry hereby informs the general public of this fake and misleading information and accordingly cautions anyone that might have received this false, malicious and misrepresentation to ignore it,” stated Misika. Maria Amakali Windhoek The introduction of free pre-primary education in 2012 has resulted in an enormous increase in the number of learners enrolling for school. Enrolment for pre-primary education has increased from 22,000 learners in 2012, to 41,091 currently. According to the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, the number of children in early childhood development programmes (preprimary) has increased by 60.1 percent. “Given the correlation between poverty and low literacy rates, this is obviously a commendable achievement for Namibia. Universal pre-primary school is also a good step towards inclusive education since it promotes access to education by all and not by a select few who can afford it,” noted the education ministry’s spokesperson, Absalom Absalom. Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Alpheus !Naruseb, whose Facebook account was hacked by cybercriminals Free pre-primary education fuels enrolment “Pre-primary education provides learning and educational activities with a holistic approach to support children’s early cognitive, physical, social and emotional development and introduces young children to organised instruction outside of the family context,” Absalom further expounded. Free pre-primary education contributes to reducing social inequality, as children from disadvantaged families receive much less cognitive and emotional stimulation, according to the ministry. One of the contributing factors to the increase in enrolment is the school feeding programme, which began in 1997. “It is a strong incentive among poor children to attend school. In the context of pervasive poverty, it should, therefore, be a key policy intervention with respect to the attainment of access to education for all,” stated Absalom. To date, the school feeding programme has Africa never seems to be rising Kae Matundu-Tjiparuro Windhoek ‘Towards Democratic Developmental States in Southern Africa’ is the title of a book surveying the state of democracy in the sub-region, especially the ability to deliver. The launch of the book last Tuesday coincided with a lively and vibrant debate by the Namibian civil society, including two of the Namibian contributors to the book, Herbert Jauch and Ellison Tjirera. It was moderated by Masego Madzwamuse from the Open Society editors of the book. The other panellists were Uhuru Dempers, Mauhongora Kavihuha from the Trade Union Congress of Namibia (TUCNA) and Nangula Sheyavali, a senior researcher with the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR). Literally, the jury was out on the states in Southern Africa on the night, including the Namibian state in terms of its inability hitherto to deliver, part of the reason for non-delivery being lack of ideology. Certainly, Madzwamuse could not but have set the tone for the lively debate, which ensued, with her observations that while the 1980s and 1990s have been generally characterised as the epoch of the African continent. For Southern Africa, the opposite has been the case, as the characterisation of this period in the sub-region by the dictum of Africa Rising has been a misnomer, as the region has never been rising. Yes, while there has been political and democratic stability during the said epoch, for the sub-region, this has been unaccompanied by a commensurate surge in terms of the socio-economic well-being of the populace to the extent about the direction it has been taking. This contrasts with the East Asian sub-region’s population has been living below one US dollar a day. While the Gini coefficient of Botswana, for example, has been very high, South Africa is said to have dismally failed to redistribute income. And Namibia and South Africa have failed to restructure their economies. Development and democracy in the subregion have been juxtaposed to inequality while the real gross domestic product in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has been stagnant. Jauch pointed out that with regard to Namibia, the essence of the democratic developmental state has been one of a trickle-down effect. He said even the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has lately departed from the concept that economic growth necessarily leads to poverty reduction and that there is now a need for the state to drive processes towards desired ends. But, can the state, like in the case of Namibia, be expected to drive such a process given the lack of an ideology? This brought into perspective Namibia’s constitution as it relates to the provision of a mixed economy and what this actually means. There was a consensus that such a provision has been taken for granted as far as its meaning is concerned, especially given the lack of ideology in Namibia as is currently the case. Adding his voice to the important role any state can play in the drive towards a democratic developmental state, Tjirera, echoed the common thread of most of the speakers, the interventionist state, and pointed out four key elements in this drive needing looking at particularly, land, the economy, governance and what he described as systematic redistribution. However, as much as the state is important, it cannot and should not be the only factor. He said the issue of land needs serious thinking and commercial land must be accessible to the poor. This necessitates social class as a criterion in the allocation of land that should not be restricted to commercialisation. As such, the economy, Tjirera maintained, should go beyond the current mode of extraction. But the process cannot be left to the government alone. This brings in other players, especially the civil society, workers, women and the media. Sheyavali noted that given their majority population, women must and should play a role commensurate not only to their numbers but also to their current status as a disadvantaged and excluded social class, historically and currently with black rural women, especially on the sharp edge. She emphasised the importance of access to land and unabated attack on workers in the country and expressed his reservations about the interventionist state maintaining that politicians always have their own economic advisory councils, which ought to give politicians better direction, are about the capitalists’ if not politicians’ own interests. Death Notice and Funeral Announcement Late Sackey Namugongo Date of Birth: 31 May 1952 Date of Death: 02 April 2018 Memorial Service: Inner City Lutheran Congregation Windhoek West Friday: 06/04/2018 Burial Service Gammams/ Pioneers Park Cemetery Saturday: 07/04/2018 Enquiries Katrina Liswani: 0814694158 Kamutyotyo Ndadi: 0811243497 This image is only for illustrative purposes