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10 Friday, February 16 2018| NEW ERA FEATURE A different class of homelessness Alvine Kapitako Windhoek “I unemployment in Namibia,” PUBLIC NOTICE STRATEGIC EXECUTIVE: HOUSING, PROPERTY MANAGEMENT AND HUMAN SETTLEMENT Tel.: 061-290 2591 / Fax: 061-290 2060 SECTION A: TENDER FOR UNIMPROVED PROPERTIES A. 1. TENDER INVITATION The City of Windhoek hereby advertises the sale of 33 unimproved, industrial and business zoned Erven in Khomasdal, Katutura, Kleine Kuppe and Pionierspark. The Erf sizes ranges between 303 m² and 18,168 m² in extent, and the upset prices between N6,000.00 and N,152,000.00. TENDER No.: HPH 01/2018 TITLE: don’t think people are fully aware of the current state of were the words of *Mario (not his real name) who has been homeless for close to six months. and has a wealth of experience of at least 21 years in sales and marketing, customer relations management, data capturing, training, retail and public relations, among others. A ‘few’ wrong choices landed him on the streets of Windhoek where he daily begs for money to pay for his accommodation. Mario lives in a shelter where he daily has to pay N to spend the night but by 08h00 he has to leave because “those are the rules”. “I’ve done various courses so I have a broad knowledge of everything but the current situation is I go out and CLOSING DATE AND TIME: TRAINING SESSION: TENDER DOCUMENTS: LAST DATE TO BUY DOCUMENTS: LEVY (non-refundable): ENQUIRIES TECHNICAL: ENQUIRIES PROCUREMENT: DELIVERY ADDRESS: “PROPERTIES – TENDER: HPH 01/2018 (COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES)”: Tenders are hereby invited for the sale of 33 industrial and business, zoned unimproved properties situated in Khomasdal, Katutura, Kleine Kuppe and Pionierspark. Two Tenders, one original and one copy thereof in sealed envelopes marked “PROPERTIES – TENDER: HPH 01/2018 (COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES)” must be addressed and delivered, as set out hereunder, not later than 11:00 on FRIDAY, 09 MARCH 2018. No tenders will be considered if such tender had not been delivered - or had not been deposited in the TENDER BOX at Customer Care Centre - by that time and date. A Training Session would be held on 21 FEBRUARY 2018 at 09h00 in the NIPAM Executive Conference Hall to advise prospective tenderers on the requirements of the completion of the Tender Document. Tender documents (Tender Conditions and Draft Deed of Sale) will be available as from WEDNESDAY, 14 FEBRUARY 2018. Prospective tenderers can access the City’s website at (www. NB The tender documentation on the website to be treated for viewing only. Only those obtained at the Customer Care Centre will be used for tendering purposes. The last date for selling of the Tender Documents will be TUESDAY, 06 MARCH 2018, and no Tender Documents will be sold thereafter. Non-refundable fee of N0.00 (V.A.T. inclusive) Mr. R. Van Rooi or Mr E. T. Shapopi Tel: +264 - (0)61 – 290 2045 or 290 3354 E-mail: or Ms. Ivy Matali or Ms. C. Bezuidenhout Tel: +264 - (0)61 – 290 3392 / 290 3418 E-mail: or Property Management – P O Box 59, Windhoek Customer Care Centre or MARKED TENDER BOX at CUSTOMER CARE CENTRE, City of Windhoek - Reverend Michael Scott Street, Windhoek Notice No. 09/2018 Issued by: Office of the Chief Executive Officer Corporate Communications, Marketing and Public Participation Tel: +264 61 290 2365 / 2044 Fax: +264 61 290 2344 E-mail: try to secure a job, but I get words eloquent Mario. Accompanied by his friend, 25-year-old *Beverly, Mario spoke of the hardships he has encountered since resigning from his job over a year ago. “I was a second year education student at the University of Namibia dropped out in 2016,” said Beverly who has been homeless since 2016. Beverly hails from Otjiwarongo. But, she does not want to go back home because her single mother is taking care of her son and a younger sibling. life so my mother is my father and mother. I can’t go back just like that – I have to take care of her, not the other way round,” she said. While Beverly was talking, Mario, who spoke for most of the interview, interrupted: “It’s just morally incorrect for me to go to my parents.” Mario explained that he does not want to burden his elderly parents who depend on social grants. Mario and Beverly bonded instantly when Mario started living at the shelter and he has taken on the role of an older brother. Mario and Beverly work as a team to fend for themselves. Before that, people would take advantage of Beverly’s vulnerable state, especially men, she related. “There was a time when I stayed with a guy whom I told my story but he wanted to sleep with me so I had to move out because I did not want to contract diseases, especially because I don’t know him,” said Beverly. By begging for money on the streets, Mario and Beverly have been exposed to all sorts of verbal lashings. Their daily routine includes struggling for money to buy food, work, going to the library to apply for work and asking people for money to pay their daily shelter fee. “People have the perception that everyone that’s homeless should be “They don’t know the hardships that we are going through. Every day we go to the bridge and browse through the newspapers for vacancies. We try to apply for vacancies. We desperately need jobs because we are tired and it’s not like we want to stay at the shelter, it’s because of the circumstances.” – Beverly dirty. We still have our dignity, we make an effort every morning to make sure that we go out and look clean,” said Mario, explaining that sometimes when they ask people for money they are told to go look for work. “They don’t know the hardships that we are going through. Every day we go to the bridge and browse through the newspapers for vacancies. We try to apply for vacancies. We desperately need jobs because we are tired and it’s not like we want to stay at the shelter, it’s because of the circumstances,” added Beverly. According to the Namibia Statistics Agency’s Labour Force Survey report of 2016, there are 854,567 youth aged 15 to 34 in Namibia. Out of this, 320,737 were employed, and 246,262 were unemployed. In addition, people with postschool education (such as university, unemployed rate of 24.5 percent. The highest unemployment rates were found amongst persons with junior secondary and primary education, with a combined unemployment rate of 71.3 percent. Furthermore, the unemployment rate of people with no formal education stands at 34.5 percent, which is slightly above the national unemployment rate, according to the report. Mario derives moral strength by observing people in worse circumstances. His faith in God has also helped him through his struggles. “We also encourage one another. When I am down and out she encourages me to hold on and I do the same,” said Mario. Meanwhile, Mario has called on shopping chains and restaurants to consider a policy of giving their leftovers to the very needy people in society. “A loaf of bread that was baked today and is not sold by today or tomorrow morning is still good to eat, instead of being trashed. That is a waste of resources,” said Mario. *Real names withheld to protect them.

Friday, February 16 2018 | NEW ERA 11 thought leaders Cabinet reshuffle round one? >> P14 Finally, after a three-year drought, the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership has a winner: Ellen female head of state and, until recently, the president of Liberia. “Ellen Johnson Sirleaf took the helm of Liberia when it was completely destroyed by civil war and led a process of reconciliation that focused on building a nation and its democratic institutions. she worked tirelessly on behalf of the people of Liberia. Such a journey cannot be without some shortcomings and, today, Liberia continues to face many challenges. “Nevertheless, during her 12 years in office, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf laid the foundations on which Liberia can now build,” said Salim Ahmed Salim, the former Tanzanian prime minister, who is also chair of the Ibrahim Prize Committee. The US million prize means Johnson Sirleaf can still determine her post-presidency legacy The Ibrahim Prize is awarded to a former African executive head of years, was democratically elected, served his or her constitutionally mandated term and – most importantly – demonstrated exceptional leadership along the way. It has not been awarded since 2014, when Namibia’s [second president] the commendation – an award described at the time as ‘debatable’ by the Institute for Security Studies’ (ISS) Liesl Louw-Vaudran. our to be bestowed upon Johnson Sirleaf. In 2011, she was among three women awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their role in the “non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work”, according to the citation. But Johnson Sirleaf’s Nobel Prize was not without its critics. Most notably, a year after the award, fellow 2011 prize winner Leymah Gbowee, a Liberian civil society activist, said she felt compelled to speak out against the president’s “You’re as bad as being an accomplice for things that are happening in the country if you don’t speak up,” she said. Gbowee said Johnson Sirleaf’s government was rife with nepotism, with family and friends of the president pushed into senior positions. These included her son, Robert Sirleaf, who was then stepson Fumba Sirleaf, who ran the National Security Agency. Gbowee also criticised the then president’s record on poverty reduction, arguing that the gap between rich and poor had increased on Johnson Sirleaf’s watch. To many, the mere fact that Johnson Sirleaf prevented a return Gbowee is not the only Liberian to question Johnson Sirleaf’s leadership credentials. In fact, so contentious is her legacy that even her allies were wary of accepting her endorsement in last year’s presidential election, for fear that it might harm their chances. As Foreign Policy reported: “So, disliked is she that on the eve of Liberia’s October 10 general election, her own vice president, Joseph Boakai – who is vying with 19 other candidates to succeed her – has tried to distance himself from Sirleaf on the campaign trail. ‘If you park a race car in the garage for 12 years, it gets rusty,” Boakai said at a recent presidential debate’.” Not that it helped Boakai: long-time opposition leader George Weah won the election, and has now taken over as president. Johnson Sirleaf assumed power in Liberia in 2006, in the aftermath of a long and bloody civil war. This presidency. In the eyes of many, especially the international community, the mere fact that she was is enough of an achievement. But her critics are not so sure that this is enough to warrant the adulation she receives from the international community – of which the Ibrahim Prize, with its promise to reward only ‘exceptional leadership’, is the latest symptom. Johnson Sirleaf’s government defeated Ebola, but Liberia’s poor “Her legacy is marked by shades of grey,” said Fonteh Akum, a senior researcher at the ISS. “Obviously the baseline expectation with electing a post-war president With the help of the international community, and especially the United Nations troops deployed in Liberia for almost the duration of her tenure, she did what she was expected to do. But an exceptional leader would have done more.” in her government – for one, the nomic growth, which now hovers at less than 3 percent, although this was complicated by sluggish global commodity prices and the Ebola outbreak. He also lists the endemic nepotism and corruption that characterised her administration, as well as her reluctance to decentralise government functions, concentrating power in the presidency. Ebola in particular challenged her governance credentials. Although she deserves credit for ultimately defeating the epidemic, it was Liberia’s poor health system It is also worth remembering that in 2009, Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission – established to examine abuses committed during the civil war – recommended that Johnson Sirleaf be banned from politics for her early support of former president Charles Taylor. Taylor was subsequently convicted of war crimes by an international tribunal. It is these issues that have de- argues Akum – in contrast to her glowing reputation outside the country. “There is a stark difference between how Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is perceived by Liberians and by the international community. The international community has a way in which they uphold her, as led the country out of civil war. But when you talk to Liberians, they are a lot more critical and expected a lot more from her.” Not that Johnson Sirleaf’s legacy is necessarily set in stone. The Ibrahim Prize comes with a cash bonus in excess of US million. This gives the former determine the shape and nature of her post-presidency contribution. How she conducts herself now that she is out of the political spotlight may ultimately say more about her leadership and values than her two not be quite as ‘exceptional’ as the award of the prestigious Ibrahim Prize may suggest. But it is not too late for her to try. Simon Allison is a consultant for the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). Arts and culture have proven to be sustainable pillars of many nations’ economies. With the extensive talent that Namibia possesses, there is no doubt that this sector can immensely contribute to the subsequent sustainable development of the land of the brave. We cherish arts and culture as they lighten our inner lives and enrich our emotional world. They play a pivotal role in our health, wellbeing, society and education, hence the dire need for maximum investment in this historical and above all, creative and substantive sectors. These sectors are the epitome of Africa’s heritage, from traditional songs and dances to modern mu- national resource that calls for all Namibians to pitch in and preserve this foundation of the realisation of our identity. Arts and culture bring villages, towns, cities, regions, states and above all, the globe together in realising that out of many we are one and while we breathe we hope, and when we are faced with a challenges, we can respond with the spirit of Ubuntu. In addition, arts and culture can offer a great chance to achieve economic success through an unwavering relationship with business in order to generate income for Namibian hotels, restaurants and countless other businesses. Cultural Times estimates that the arts and culture industry generates US0 billion in revenue a year, creating 29.5 million jobs worldwide. Thinking of back home in Namibia, how many jobs and national revenue will they contribute to our economy if we invest in the arts and culture industry? However, one questions the high ignorance of our people towards arts and culture even at the most important level, the schools. That is we can shape our young ones into exploring their talents. Practically, it is not the case as schools no longer give attention to arts and culture and do not appreciate the role that arts and culture can play in our societies. Schools should bring back the so deserving support for the arts and culture as equally major tools in the talents and career prospects. On 25 September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” with 17 goals that aims to “transform our world”. In relations to this, the United Nations, Educational, tion (UNESCO) “ensures that the role of ‘arts’ and culture is recognized through a majority of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including those focusing on quality education, sustainable cities, the environment, economic growth, sustainable consumption and production patterns, peaceful and inclusive societies, gender equality and food security.” The onus is on states that believe in sustainable development, including Namibia, to prioritise the thereby diversifying the economy. Arts and culture remain who we are and continue to shape our identity, hence, there is no development that can be sustainable without including arts and culture. We should support arts and culture as a nation.

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