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Friday, August 18 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 2 Vicki ya Toivo appointed as JSC member WINDHOEK Legal practitioner Vicki Erenstein ya Toivo, who serves as a special advisor to the Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation, has been appointed as a member of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC). President Hage Geingob, acting on a recommendation of the JSC, appointed ya Toivo as a member, effective July 15 for a period of three years. This was confirmed by chief legal officer in the Supreme Court Sebastian Kandunda in a media statement availed to Nampa on Wednesday. Ya Toivo was nominated for appointment to the JSC by the Namibia Law Association and succeeds lawyer Frans Kwala, whose term of office ended on July 15. The JSC oversees the upholding of the Constitution, as the supreme law that gives recognition to the inherent dignity, equality and inalienable rights of all Namibians. It also advises the Chief Justice on matters in the Supreme Court. Vicki is the widow of the late pioneering nationalist, Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, who played a seminal role in spearheading Namibia’s struggle for independence. He died earlier this year. – Nampa Vicki ya Toivo ENGINEERS From page 1 “This is the most transparent means to prove whether there are suitably qualified Namibians to take up those posts, as per immigration regulations,” Tshivute told the media practitioners crammed into the boardroom, surrounded by 15 other engineers, who accompanied him to demand answers from the ministry. The tension between local engineers, quantity surveyors, architects and ministry officials came to light after Works and Transport Minister Alpheus !Naruseb two weeks ago sought to have 29 Zimbabwean expatriates exempted from registering with Namibian professional engineering, quantity surveying and architectural bodies. This was apparently done on the basis that Namibia and Zimbabwe signed a memorandum of understanding in 2012 for Zimbabwe to send architects and quantity surveyors to work for the Namibian government and to transfer skills to Namibian professionals. Reports doing the rounds have it that government spends millions of dollars annually on such expatriates to cover the cost of their allowances, free accommodation and transport, as well as several hundred thousand per engineer employed in the civil service. The Namibian Society of Engineers argued that the expired memorandum of understanding between Namibia and Zimbabwe should not be extended, as it “has failed in its primary objective of skills transfer from seconded professionals to the locals, without even producing a single success story of the intended goals. “We believe that the continued mentoring of our professionals, who are in training, by unregistered graduates is illegal and we would like to advise that the practice be halted with immediate effect,” Tshivute emphasised. He further noted that since 2012, the number of Namibian professionals in various disciplines has significantly increased, and in his view, there was no shortage of the required skills locally. Goeiemann disagreed, saying the agreement has not failed and has improved the situation at the ministry. “Some of the Zimbabweans have gone beyond the call [of duty]. From the assessment we have done - coming from the regions - the governors are calling, saying we should renew the contracts. We said we will assess and get back to them,” Goeiemann responded. The local engineers contend that “there is no valid reason for the continued staff secondment from Zimbabwe to the ministry, and that the memorandum of understanding should not be extended or renewed” – given that the five-year agreement expired in May. Goeiemann, who was bombarded with questions from the assembled engineers, was at pains to emphasise that contrary to what is being said, the Zimbabwean expatriates were indeed registered in their country of origin and some were registered in Namibia. He said although their contracts have ended, the government needs to give the Zimbabwean professionals at least three months’ notice, so that they are able to make the necessary arrangements for their families and their personal affairs, as some have established themselves here. The PS did not answer all the questions posed by the Namibian engineers, saying the matter is currently with the attorney general, who would at the appropriate time make a comprehensive statement on the issue. Tshivute in turn noted that the slowdown in the construction industry has led to many experienced Namibian professionals being retrenched, who are willing to take up employment with the Ministry of Works and Transport. Therefore, he contended that Goeiemann’s statement to the media, “that Namibian professionals do not want to work for government” was misleading. PREGNANCY From page 1 “This is pure exploitation. It is gross injustice. Where are the regional councillors? Where are the community leaders? Where are the church leaders? Where is the police force? Why are we not working together as a community to address the issue? “Somebody must do something. One child is just too many, but now we are talking about thirty children,” Steenkamp fumed. She said the crisis calls for wider public debate and requires a multi-sectoral approach. Steenkamp pointed out that the ministry has noted that in many instances the perpetrators of child and teenage pregnancies are adult males, who at times are working, but tend to get off scot-free, as the parents of the impregnated pupils protect them. “Parents are protecting impregnators, because the impregnators eventually become the providers,” she observed. Deputy director at the HIV/AIDS management unit in the Ministry of Education Julius Nghifikwa said the ministry has several programmes in place to curb teenage pregnancy. Among the programmes, is the 'My Future is my Choice and Race' programme. Each school also has a life skills teacher, who teaches children about the risks of irresponsible sexual behaviour, among other topics of interest. “But education should start at home and then it proceeds to school,” Nghifikwa said. He added that Otjaandjamwenyo predominantly accommodates children from Ovahimba communities, where cultural practices - including harmful ones - still play a major role. “At times you would find children from the Ovahimba community leaving school to go and get married and get back to school after the proceedings,” he said. Contacted for comment, Commissioner Tylves Kampolo, the regional commander of Omusati police, said of late there were no cases of statutory rape reported to his office. He noted that proper investigations are needed to determine whether the impregnated pupils were indeed under-aged. “That school is among the Ovahimba community and Ovahimba children go to school at a later age. We cannot just conclude now and say they were indeed underage,” he said. ECONOMY From page 1 It was also the fourth year running that value addition in agriculture and mining registered a decline. During 2016, value addition in certain industries, such as manufacturing, continued to decline, as it did in 2015 and 2014. “The Namibian population is growing faster than the economy,” says economist Klaus Schade, executive director of the Economic Association of Namibia (EAN). The EAN has closely analysed the country’s economic performance for 2016 and found that the per-capita income in constant prices declined from N,605 in 2015 to N,216 in 2016, a decrease of N9 per person. “This is the second drop in per-capita income in constant prices over the past ten years,” Schade noted. The latest available statistics indicate that in 2009 the average per-capita income in Namibia declined by 1.2 percent. The economy is not growing at a pace at which households are able to retain good earnings and pay for the expenses of the multiplying bodies in their houses. The statistical analysis excluded inflation effects on income and spending. In 2016, the economy grew by 1.1 only percent. Somewhat frightening is the fact that Namibia’s economic growth registered in 2016 was five times lower than that recorded in 2015 and 2014. The economy grew by 1.1 percent in 2016, compared to 6.0 percent in 2015 and 6.4 percent in 2014, according to data released yesterday by Statistician General Alex Shimuafeni. “The slow performance is attributed to the secondary and tertiary industries that recorded a contraction in real value added of 7.8 percent and a slow growth of 3.9 percent, respectively,” Shimuafeni said in his statement. Schade notes that - for the fourth consecutive year - value addition in agriculture and mining sectors declined in 2016, this time by 2 percent. Value addition in the manufacturing sector declined by 7.8 percent snd was caused mainly by the construction sector’s decline by 26.5 percent. This is besides the fact that construction had been doing very well, growing by about 32.4 percent each year, for the three years between 2013 and 2015. There were also declines in the value addition of the meat processing industry, beverages, and other manufacturing contracted in 2016, “like in the two previous years”. The EAN notes that “despite budget cuts announced in October 2016, public investment increased by a further N.2 billion compared to N.8 billion in 2015 and N.3 billion in 2007. The EAN also notes that although at 1.1 percent the country’s economic growth surpassed expectations for 2016 (given that quarterly economic growth data recorded negative growth rates for three of the four quarters) growth “remained below the 1.3 percent anticipated in the budget statement.”

Friday, August 18 2017| NEW ERA NEWS 3 Unam southern campus says no to tribalism Matheus Hamutenya Keetmanshoop Tribalism has no place in the Namibian society was the message from various speakers when the University of Namibia southern campus celebrated its cultural diversity. During the official opening of this year’s Unam cultural festival on Thursday, the southern campus assistant pro-vice chancellor, Dr Erold Naomab, said there is no room for tribalism at the campus, adding that people should not look at their differences in culture in a negative way and see it as a problem, but embrace and celebrate the cultural differences among different groups. He said students should not be preoccupied with negative vices such as tribalism, but instead celebrate cultural diversity and respect not only one’s values but the value of others too, adding that tribalism and racism are Maria Amakali Windhoek destructive. “These are nothing but self-destructive attributes and illustrate a confused state of entitlement by individuals who are trying to cover up their weaknesses and failures by seeking justification through cooperative power,” he said of tribalism. He further said culture is an important aspect of individuals and it is up to each and every one to showcase their traditions and ways of doing things, so that they are not mischaracterised by others. Keetmanshoop local authority councillor Gabriel Freyer shared the same sentiments, saying in order for Namibia to become a truly united country people need to learn and understand other cultures, adding that cultural diversity accepts different values and traditions. He said Namibia’s rich cultural diversity should be seen as a blessing, as many countries and tribes have lost their cultural identity due to globalisation, and thus cultural diversity should be celebrated as wealth. “Ethnic and cultural diversity is wealth, and we should realise what kind of wealth we have as some people have lost it all due to globalisation.” Freyer said cultural diversity should not lead to tribalism, but should encourage people to respect and learn more about others’ cultures, “as this is the only way we will create a common Namibian identity”. “We can conform to one culture, or complain about cultural dominance but none of that is the answer, but when we understand each other’s culture then we will be able to live together as one Namibia,” he said. This year’s festival is celebrated under the theme ‘showcasing the silver lining in our culturally diverse landscape.’ Photo: Matheus Hamutenya Our culture… The Aawambo traditional cultural group performs at the event. N,000 fine for hacking man to death The man who has been standing trial for murder and assault following a hacking incident that resulted in the death of Manfred Gowaseb in Katutura, Windhoek, six years ago, was fined N,000 as sentence. Alfred Goseb, 36, who denied guilt was found guilty by the court on a count of culpable homicide and a count of common assault. Magistrate Elina Nandago presided. “The accused unlawfully and negligently caused the death of Manfred Gowaseb by chopping him with a panga,” explained Nandago. Goseb was arrested on December 3, 2011 following a tussle that ended up in a hacking. The prosecution alleged the accused hacked Gowaseb in the vicinity of Katutura with the intent to kill him. According to an eyewitness who was also a victim, Henock Uirab, the attack occurred because of a tussle over a stove. In the tussle to regain the stove, Goseb allegedly grabbed a panga and struck the deceased on the cheek. A charge of assault emanated from Uirab, the bystander who got injured on his arm. Goseb and his companion had driven off leaving the deceased bleeding heavily. The deceased was hospitalised but was pronounced dead a few hours later. Although Goseb had denied guilt stating that he acted in self-defence, his testimony conflicted on various points. “There is no doubt that though the accused had no intention to cause the deceased’s death, he acted negligently when he swung the panga,” ruled the magistrate Nandago. “The accused is fined an amount of N,000 of which N,000 is suspended for three years on condition the accused is not convicted of the same offence during the period of suspension,” said Nandago. Failure to pay the fine, Goseb is to serve two years behind bars. On the count of common assault, Goseb was sentenced to a fine of N0, alternatively serve six months in prison. De Beers offers opportunity for Namibians to study at Stanford Staff Reporter Windhoek Aspiring young Namibian entrepreneurs are being asked to enroll for the Stanford Graduate School of Business for a year-long leadership programme called ‘Seed Transformation Programme.’ The programme is made possible by the De Beers Group, which has pumped N.5 million (US million) into the three-year partnership with the Stanford Graduate School of Business, to specifically impart skills to people in Namibia, Botswana and South Africa. The programme will start in 2018 and be headquartered at the Botswana Innovation Hub, a Science and Technology Park in Gaborone. “The programme will provide management training, leadership team workshops and networking support to assist southern African leaders to grow their businesses, create jobs and help lead their regions to greater economic diversity and prosperity,” said the statement from De Beers. “The ultimate goal [of the programme is] to create and activate a detailed action plan to help you grow and scale your company. Throughout the year-long experience, you will work in small peer groups called leadership labs to share experiences, resources, ideas and support,” read the statement on Stanford Business website. People encouraged to apply are those who are founders of their own businesses or who are senior leaders in such businesses, and who want to quality Quality Bruce Cleaver grow and scale their companies, thereby creating jobs, products, or services that benefit those living in poverty. There is no limitation on what sector the company should be involved in, as long as the company has an annual revenue between US0,000 and US million (between N.98 million and N7.5 million) and is headquartered, legally registered, and currently operating within the borders of Namibia, Botswana, or South Africa. The programme will allow participants to “develop the skills, tools, and mindset to grow and scale business, create jobs, and lead your region to greater prosperity, and gain essential business and leadership skills, from strategy and finance to business ethics and design thinking, all taught by world-renowned Stanford faculty and local business practitioners”. The participants would also be able to “take advantage of a world-class curriculum from Stanford GSB and the innovative thinking that has shaped some of the most successful companies in Silicon Valley”. “Economic diversification and youth employment opportunities are priorities for our government partners and are priorities for De Beers Group as well. We all believe these programmes, in partnership with a world-renowned educational institution, have excellent potential to help accelerate diversification and stimulate more opportunities for young and ambitious southern Africans,” said Bruce Cleaver, CEO of De Beers Group. controlled indexing on a box or file level. Indexing fields are customised according to customer needs with an optional field for retention schedules to assist with destruction management. Paper copy and digital copy indexing is recorded and managed on our sophisticated software platforms. 061 24 5588

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