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2 NEWS Friday, December 8 2017| NEW ERA REPORTS From page 1 announced that as from 2013 primary education would be free, meaning government abolished SDF and schools have been receiving grants instead from the Ministry of Education. In 2014, then president that government would offer free secondary education in public schools by the year 2016. However, many parents were caught off guard by Jan Mohr school management this week, who refused to hand out learners’ academic reports yesterday. Schools close today for the 2017 academic year. The affected grades Grade 10 and 12 learners, who sat for external examinations. Most parents who dropped their children off in the morning had to return from work to attend to the issue of withheld reports at the school due to outstanding fees. One parent, who preferred anonymity for fear of victimisation of her child, was surprised that her child was given a letter with school debt of N,000. One letter seen by New Era showed another learner apparently owed the school N,500. Th sum total includes a balance brought forwarded since 2016 of fees, N0 for smart board fees, N,500 for voluntary contribution and N0 for keyboard word processing and computer studies, which brings the total due to the school to N,500. Many desperate and furious parents lined up to make arrangement to settle the arrears yesterday, but some refused to pay, saying government had done away with SDF and that any fees offered should be voluntary. Acting school principal Gordon Goeieman, who was attending to parents who showed signs of agitation, tried to explain that the difficulties since government introduced free education. He said government has since reduced funding per learner from N0 to about N0 each, which he said was too little to cater for the children’s needs. According to him, parents had agreed during a parents’ meeting in 2016 that a contribution of N,500 per child is due at registration every year. Some parents refuted this, saying they never agreed to pay such an amount, arguing that they can’t be held hostage at the last minute and have their children’s academic reports withheld. Some parents, who explained who made arrangements to pay next year, were given their children’s reports, while other simply refused to pay, citing the policy of free education. Contacted for comment, Education, Arts and Culture Minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa warned schools to refrain from withholding school reports and punishing children, because of noncontribution by parents. She said contributions must be voluntary, but appealed to parents to be responsible and to help the schools during these trying times when they are facing financial challenges. “It’s important that schools should be assisted. Those who can should come and help. They must not sit there and expect that everything will be provided free for them. We cannot provide education alone while they are sitting and enjoying their money she remarked. The Namibia National Students Organisation (Nanso)’s newly elected secretary general, Simon Taapopi, said no child should be prevented from accessing education and that school reports of learners should not be withheld due to nonpayment of SDF. “We do acknowledge the current funding of education might have compromised on the quality of education, since some schools have big infrastructure. We will take Taapopi said. John Muyamba Rundu CHICKEN From page 1 demand and the relatively cheaper price per kilogramme compared to beef and lamb. The slowdown in supply of chicken started some months ago when South Africa was hit by resulted in an import ban in June on all relevant poultry products from that country into Namibia. In a statement issued by Namib Residents of the two Kavango regions want better services Roads Authority (RA) in Rundu, as it is the only one-stop centre that deals with two vast regions, but the facility – which is the size of a two-bedroomed house - is too small. People from all areas of Kavango West and Kavango East get squeezed into the tiny building with no functional air-conditioning, making it uncomfortable for clients on a daily basis. Going to NaTIS is stressful for both staff there who are understaffed and clients as the conditions are largely undesirable. Although RA opened up a satellite West Region last year it doesn’t help the situation, as it doesn’t offer much OUR CONTACT DETAILS AND INFORMATION Poultry Industries, corporate social responsibility and stakeholder practitioner Ashante Manetti said the ban on poultry products from South Africa resulted in the supply chain of the product becoming longer, as the place of origin of imports were further away from Namibia. She said this was compensated for by granting additional quotas to poultry importers to factor in the change in origin. She said the tonnage was also needed services. Clients can only do over-the-counter transactions, such as vehicle registration, temporary and special permits, deregistration of vehicles. The rest has to be done in Rundu and roadworthy tests or learner and driver license testing. New Era asked RA if it has considered expanding their Rundu one-stop centre in Nkurenkuru. The company’s corporate communications manager Hileni Fillemon said RA was aware that Rundu NaTIS is the only one-stop centre in the two regions. “The Roads Authority is aware of the situation at Rundu and the following measures are already in motion in order to arrest the current situation. As a long-term solution, once funds ore made available by government, RA will open another NaTIS centre in the Kavango West region in order EDITOR Chrispin Inambao EDITORIAL Tel: +264 61 - 2080800 Fax: +264 61 - 235 419 EDITORIAL BOARD: Toivo Ndjebela, Chrispin Inambao, Desie Heita, Helvi Shaanika, Kae Matundu-Tjiparuro, Carlos Kambaekwa REGIONAL OFFICES 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 increased to the maximum for November and December to cater for the expected peak demand over the festive season. Manetti said they had to source day-old parent stock from The Netherlands, a practice they have been following the past four months and will likely remain in place until the ban is lifted and it is declared safe to import poultry products from Africa. Mannetti said the immediate result of the ban was that Namibia NaTIS office at Rundu ‘inadequate’ to elevate pressure from the Rundu Fillemon also said a temporary structure will also be put up at the Rundu to move the learner testing cen- are busy sourcing a supplier to service the air conditioners in the cash-hall that have been out of order since 2014. Rundu NaTIS is also understaffed, as one person - or sometimes two - assist the people who go there for various reasons, causing people who travel long distances to end up unassisted at the end of the day. They thus need to travel up and down. Asked why the Nkurenkuru centre only offers vehicle registration and licensing - not all services, she said: “Additional staff will be employed soon as funds are released from the Tel: +264 63 - 204 180 Cell: +264 81 245 9714 DISTRIBUTION & SUBSCRIPTIONS Ernst Apollus Tel: +264 61 - 2080800 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 MARKETING, SALES & PRODUCTION Festus Goseb Tel: +264 61 - 2080800 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 could no longer import eggs or raw poultry from South Africa. Namibian importers thus had to change the origin of imported chicken from South Africa to either Europe or Brazil, Manetti said. She said their production on the poultry farm has meanwhile been improved to world standards. She said the result is that Namib Poultry Industries is currently producing in the region of 450 tonnes of poultry per week, or EU From page 1 If Namibia is not a tax haven then they should take us off the list. Full stop. To come now and play semantics doesn’t take away the hard fact that investors, international partners and everyone now perceive us as a tax haven. And it does said Schlettwein. “There must be an understanding that this is a sensitive and serious issue and The EU Ambassador said Namibia is a sovereign State and, therefore, the EU Delegation “can only government to enter the dialogue to be de-listed from the list of countries with non- “Namibia has, according to the EU Council Conclusions, as has any other state, until Hybaskova. “The EU Delegation to Namibia will extend its development assistance through Technical Cooperation Facility to assist Namibia to comply with the specialist and complex technical process the Ambassador said. The Ambassador said the EU had asked, without receiving any response, that Namibia clarify, amend or abolish harmful preferential tax regimes in named Export Processing Zones and The company said they remain committed to supplying local customers with the same volumes as in the past and asked that customers show understanding for the current situation in terms of the market supply of chicken and the far-reaching effects of the Namib Poultry said consumers can rest assured that locally produced chicken is safe for human consumption. exporters regimes. EU also requested Namibia to join the Inclusive Framework on Base (BEPS) or to implement OECD BEPS minimum standards. Further, the EU encouraged Namibia to join both the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax purposes and to sign, ratify and participate in the OECD Multilateral Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance on tax matters. Schlettwein contends that Namibia did not miss the deadline on purpose but it was because of the EU’s own miscommunication regarding the deadline, and the EU must own up to that fact. He was particularly unhappy that Namibia is being demonised after going to the EU to ask for help to from the country, something that has been reported in international media such as the Paradise Papers. “And now we are being called a Meantime, the EU Ambassador says the EU encourages the Government of Namibia to engage positively with the EU Delegation, member states and the General Secretariat of the EU Council to address the tax good governance deficiencies identified by the EU. “The Government of Namibia is invited to dialogue with the EU and its member states on issues of tax transparency, fair tax competition and Base Erosion

Friday, December 8 2017| NEW ERA NEWS 3 Guard accused of theft of N0,000 now in hospital Maria Amakali Windhoek Photo: Nuusita Ashipala Hard at it… Members of the Erastus Uutoni community project busy at work in their garden. Gardening project uplifts community Nuusita Ashipala Oikango The Erastus Uutoni community project at Oikango is proof that the solution to food security lies in communities and backyard gardens. The coordinator at Erastus Uutoni community project Hambeleleni Hainghumbi said the project aims at securing food and in the long-run create income for group members. Meanwhile, the money from the sale of produce is being invested in the construction of infrastructure that “We want to expand the garden and incorporate an after-school programme, hence the construction of the hall. In future we would also want to have a library so that our children can have additional studying materials at the centre,” said Hainghumbi. The group, consisting mostly of women, grows vegetables. The garden is run by people living positively with HIV, as well as other unemployed women and men from the village. The centre also has plans to assist the elderly Part of the group’s responsibility is to assist pensioners with household chores in the village. when it was blown away by the wind. “But we managed to put the structure back, but our crops have wilted,” said Hainghumbi. during the last years the project could not go ahead as group received a sponsorship. “With that money we bought water pipes and tanks, materials to put up the greenhouse,” said Hainghumbi. Hainghumbi is encouraging other unemployed and HIV-positive men and women to create income-generating projects to feed themselves and their families, instead of waiting for the government to support them. Kai !Akhoen Hai//om San to hold annual traditional festival OTJIWARONGO The Kai !Akhoen Hai//om San of Otjiwarongo will hold their annual traditional festival on Saturday to Aribeb #Arebeb, who was killed by armed Germans in 1904 near Okorusu. Soroseb told Nampa in an interview on Thursday that over 500 Hai//om people are expected to attend adjacent to Okorusu mine. “We will gather there as from Friday so that on Saturday we commemorate the death of our grandfather, who was killed in 1904 together with his two sons by armed Germans,” said Soroseb. The festival is where this Hai//om San community perform certain cultural rituals, prepare and eat their traditional food and perform dramas on how their tribesmen, the Kai !Akhoen San, had lived in the past. A group of young Hai//om are currently busy preparing for the traditional dances and rituals to be performed at the event, Soroseb said. and his royal traditional authority would be told to the youth at the event by several elders who are still alive. Religious songs and scripture readings will also form part of the event on Saturday. and his royal household being documented in numerous books, his current traditional leadership is still unrecognised, apparently as the government is still investigating the clan. The current chief said another sad part is that his community continues to hold this annual traditional festival even though they are not allowed to visit are buried at Okorusu. Soroseb said his community is prohibited from visiting those graveyards as the government had resettled other Namibians on that part of Marburg, a government resettlement farm. According to the book, ‘Etosha’s Hai//om Heartland, Ancient Hunter-Gatherers’ by Reinhard Friederich, under a tree on farm Marburg in the Okorusu area where he lived with his people. The book says #Arebeb was killed together with his two sons by armed German soldiers on the same day, and that his sons were buried a few kilometres from the tree at a waterhole in the same area. This history book on page 51 says that most of the Kai !Akhoen Hai//om San people who were under #Arebeb had dispersed and disappeared to other places out of fear of what had happened to their leader. reportedly also changed their surnames as they were being hunted by the German soldiers. The current traditional leader of the Kai !Akhoen – Nampa Chief Ananias Soroseb (R) of the Hai//om San community Jonas Simon Mbangu, a security guard arrested for the alleged theft of over N0,000 in August, could not make a routine court appearance as scheduled on Thursday. According to state prosecutor Rowan van Wyk, Mbangu has been hospitalized and thus could not make it to court. informed me this morning that the accused was admitted to hospital,” explained Van Wyk. Otjiwarongo on August 15 for the theft of N6,134. 75. Mbangu now faces a charge of theft and has been in custody ever since his arrest. According to police reports, the day before his arrest Mbangu collected money from various shops in the vicinity of Otjiwarongo for banking. However, Mbangu failed to deliver the money and instead Mbangu’s employer became suspicious when Mbangu was a noshow. He then alerted the police who set up roadblocks in search of Mbangu. Mbangu had abandoned the company car in Windhoek North and of the country. Upon his arrest he was found in possession of N6,134. 75 in cash that was sealed in three plastic bags. Mbangu had only used N0 of the money he attempted to steal. there is fear he might tamper with the ongoing police investigations. Furthermore, not all of the money has been recovered. With Mbangu’s hospitalization, the magistrate Vanessa Stanley postponed the matter to December 15 for Mbangu to be present for court proceedings. Not well… Theft suspect Jonas Simon Mbangu in the presence of his lawyer. Photo: Nampa we find we retrieve we deliver 061 24 5588

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