4 NEWS Friday, July 28 2017 | NEW ERA TC launches 081every1’ o reach 100 ercent coverage WINDHOEK Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) on Wednesday launched its ‘081every1’ project in efforts to reach 100 percent network coverage in Namibia. MTC chief human capital and corporate affairs officer, Tim Ekandjo, said MTC currently has 640 sites (towers) countrywide, which are mostly concentrated in urban areas, with the rural areas left out for the most part. “So what we will be doing is rolling out 524 new sites to cover 100 percent of the population and this really is about inclusivity, giving people access and bridging the digital divide between people living in rural and urban areas,” said Ekandjo. He noted the new sites would be set up over a period of two years at a cost of N.1 billion. Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Stanley Simataa, welcomed the initiative, saying it will ensure that all Namibians wherever they find themselves have 100 percent network coverage. He said the ministry intends that all public institutions, like education and health institutions, be provided with access to the internet. “At the same time we are saying whilst we are making headway in terms of coverage and ensuring access, we should ensure that access is accompanied Bridging the digital divide… Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Stanley Simataa (left), with MTC board chairperson Elvis Nashilongo. by affordability so that the greater Namibian public can benefit from these services,” Simataa said. He appealed to Namibian companies that will be providing services to MTC to deliver services of high quality and avoid using the opportunity to advance their personal interests. Ekandjo explained that one of the criteria for setting up these towers is where people reside as opposed to where there are businesses. He said for the next two weeks many tenders would be advertised for the erection of towers, and Namibian companies should apply. “There is going to be a lot of job creating opportunities. As you know the Namibian economy is in a state [financially], so what MTC will be doing is reinvesting N.1 billion into an economy that urgently needs the money,” said Ekandjo. MTC claims to cover 95 percent of the Namibian population. – Nampa REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA MINISTRY OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION PUBLIC NOTICE SUBJECT: LAUNCH OF THE DR. THEO-BEN GURIRAB LECTURE SERIES The Ministry of the International Relations and Cooperation is introducing Lecture Series in order to inform and engage the public about contemporary global events as they affect Namibia. The lecture series, which will be named “The Dr. Theo-Ben Gurirab Lecture Series” will be launched by His Excellency, Dr. Hage G. Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia, on Monday, 31 July 2017 at 18:00, at the Windhoek Country Club and Resort. The purpose of the Lecture Series is to engage the public to be involved in issues related to International Relations (Foreign Policy). The Lecture Series will be held on a quarterly basis, and it is expected that the venue for the Series will rotate, to include our University campuses in the south, north-east and northern Regions. DATE: 31 July 2017 TIME: 18H00 VENUE: Windhoek Country Club and Resort Pensioner given leave to appeal heavy murder sentence WINDHOEK The High Court on Thursday allowed a farmworker sentenced to 55 years’ incarceration to appeal it. Eliakim Nampindi, 67, was on June 21, 2016 sentenced by High Court Judge Alfred Siboleka for stabbing two people dead in the Hardap Region in 2009 and 2011. On Thursday, Nampindi returned to the Windhoek High Court with an urgent application asking the judiciary to reduce the sentence, which he argued is too heavy in comparison to his advanced age. Nampindi was allowed to appeal the sentence in a ruling handed down by the same judge who imposed the punishment last year. His appeal is scheduled to be heard on August 31 and a State-funded defence lawyer will be availed to him before the hearing starts. Nampindi was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment on the first count of murder for stabbing fellow farmworker Paul Frederiks, 46, at farm Onzerust in the Mariental District during a heated argument, apparently over alcohol, on March 5, 2009. He was also sentenced to 35 years’ imprisonment on the second count of murder for stabbing Anetta Jantjies, 38, six times at a farm near the Schlip settlement in the Kalkrand area on August 3, 2011. He committed the second murder while free on bail for the first charge. Furthermore, Nampindi was sentenced to eight years for assaulting another farmworker, Salmon Rooinasie, by stabbing him in the back on August 3, 2011, shortly after he had stabbed Jantjies to death. The sentence of eight years’ imprisonment was ordered to run concurrently with the 20-year prison term imposed on the first count of murder. He was thus sentenced to 55 years’ imprisonment. Mbanga Siyomuinji defended Nampindi during trial while Ethel Ndlovu appeared for the State. - Nampa
Friday, July 28 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 5 Oranjemund town opens to public Staff Reporter Windhoek It is official that the town of Oranjemund is now run by a public town council and is open to the general public to visit. As of October 14, the public will be able to visit the town of Oranjemund without acquiring first access permit to enter, the town council said in a statement issued yesterday. Further, the council confirmed that Oranjemund residents will, as of September 2017, start paying for municipal services, as do all residents in other towns across the country. “Council has put all systems in place to ensure accurate billing of all municipal services,” the statement read. “The aim of the payment of services is to support council development plans, as well as to normalise the operation of the town,” it said. Oranjemund - meaning “Mouth of the Oranje” in German for its close proximity to the mouth of the Orange river – was established in 1936 by the then Consolidated Diamond Mines (CDM). It has been a closed privately owned town, and existed purely for the purpose of mining operations and the mine provided all services. Namdeb, the successor of CDM, took over ownership of the mine after independence. Namdeb is the 50/50 joint venture diamond mining company between De Beers and the Namibian government. As such, the residents of Oranjemund town have never paid for municipal services since the establishment of the town. The town council is now asking that all residents and private enterprises that have not yet opened accounts with the council, to “do so as a matter of urgency, failure of which punitive measures shall be applied to every case reported”. Oranjemund was proclaimed a town council in 2011 and established a local authority in 2012. The council has now finalised an agreement on the transfer of assets, properties and municipal services and infrastructures that would enable the council to function independently of Namdeb, Namibians should hold hands and share land: Geingob who is the current owner of the town. The council further says the agreement on the transfer of assets and infrastructure “also focus on the property ownership for the residents of the town, [as it allows residents] to buy current properties in Oranjemund under the town transformation.”As part of the transformation agenda of the town, there is a 15-year collaborative programme of works, called Oranjemund 2030, which has been designed to drive the town’s transformation agenda. A steering committee is driving the programme. “The aim of the programme is to remodel and reshape Oranjemund’s socioeconomic conditions from an entirely privately owned, single economy to multifaceted, publicly owned sustainable and thriving town,” the council said. Photo: Contributed Going through changes… The southern town of Oranjemund. Otjiwarongo prioritises renaming Von Trotha Street Photo: Nampa On course… President Hage Geingob (centre) flanked by Africa-America Institute (AAI) president and CEO Kofi Appenteng (right) and AAI board chairman Steven Pfeiffer (left); standing are AAI Namibian alumni that attended the event in Windhoek. OTJIWARONGO The newly established Otjiwarongo street naming committee has prioritised changing Von Trotha Street in the affluent residential area of the town’s Extension 5. Lothar von Trotha was the German military commander who issued the extermination order that killed thousands of Ovaherero and Namas between 1904 and 1908. Spokesperson of the Otjiwarongo Municipality, Adelheid Shilongo in an interview with Nampa on Thursday said that street’s renaming will be dealt with first. “We will start with the renaming of the Von Trotha Street and the rest will follow once the consultations with the general public are completed,” she said. Shilongo on Thursday explained the street was named after Von Trotha long before Namibia gained independence in 1990, adding the time has come to rename it. The street naming committee consists of 26 members - 23 community members and three municipal officials. Okakarara Constituency Councillor, Vetaruhe Kandorozu recently spoke on behalf of a concerned group of residents, saying streets are usually named after people who have played a significant role in the development of the communities, and Von Trotha certainly has not. Kandorozu questioned the glorification of a man who ordered such barbaric acts on innocent Namibians. Von Trotha Street at Otjiwarongo stretches for approximately 800 metres, and was in 2016 upgraded to bitumen standard with a sign bearing his name. – Nampa WINDHOEK President Hage Geingob said in order to deal with land inequalities, Namibians should hold hands and share land as brothers and sisters. Making his remarks at the first ever Africa-America Institute (AAI) alumni reception in the capital on Wednesday, Geingob said although it might be true that 100 years ago white people stole the land, but after 50 years a white boy was born on that land. “Now are you going to visit the sins of the fathers [when dealing with] the children because then, when you talk about reconciliation and our constitution that you always refer to and say we must honour and protect, that comes back.” Geingob noted that the solution to the land issue would be for politicians to reconcile with whites that have economic and land power. “We are saying meet us halfway, we are not saying take from the rich and give to the poor,” he said. Geingob is one of thousands of African students who received sponsorships from the AAI to study in the United States of America (USA) during the early 1960s. He was honoured with the AAI Lifetime Achievement and Distinguished Alumni Award in 2015 at the AAI Future Leaders Legacy Fund Awards Gala in New York. AAI has 23 000 alumni across the continent of Africa and in the diaspora. “These are a source of great pride to all of us in the US and a powerful resource in Africa for development, empowerment and progress,” AAI Board Chairperson Steve Pfeiffer said. Founded in 1953, AAI is a premier US based international organisation dedicated to strengthening human capacity in Africa and promoting the continent’s development through higher education and skills training, convening activities, programme implementation and management. Namibia alone has over 30 AAI alumni scholars at the University of Namibia. – Nampa Eyesore… Von Trotha Street in Otjiwarongo’s Extension 5 residential area is due to be renamed, as locals consider it an offensive reminder of the infamous German military leader that issued extermination orders against the Nama and Herero in 1904 and 1905. Photo: Nampa Namib Aviation Solutions have an existing opportunity for an individual with a combination of required knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to join our vibrant team, based in Windhoek. Purpose of the position: To support the organization in cultivating, building and nurturing strategic relationships with our global network of specialists and key business partners. 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