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New Era Newspaper Friday March 23, 2018

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2 NEWS Friday, March 23 2018| NEW ERA KILLER From page 1 The regional commander also said people hence he too should come forward. Nghishidimbwa told New Era yesterday that police have picked up footage from CCTV cameras in the area where the incident occurred, but said the visuals are not clear enough to identify the culprit. “So far no one is arrested because the information is sketchy. No one can say what transpired. Those who were together with the deceased can’t tell much,” said Nghishidimbwa. shooting took place in front of the Tabitha Centre in Hans-Dietrich Genscher Street in Khomasdal. According to Amakali’s cousin Mathew Iyambo, who escaped the incident unhurt, they found a dark blue hatchback sedan stationary on the road near Rössing Foundation in Khomasdal. “We tried to overtake but the driver decided to drive fast in the middle of the road and our driver reduced his speed,” he narrated. Iyambo added that their driver turned left into Hans-Dietrich Genscher Street and at Tabitha Centre they found the suspect’s vehicle stationary again. “We stopped next to his car (which was fully occupied by passengers) and asked him why he was driving like that. He replied: ‘What do you want?’ And while we were responding he took out a gun and started shooting at us.” A shaken Iyambo said that Gideon then shouted that he was struck by a bullet and should be taken to hospital. It was only upon their arrival at hospital for Gideon to get medical attention that Amakali revealed that he too was struck by bullets. He died shortly after he was placed on the stretcher by nurses. Iyambo said they later returned to the scene to pick up cartridges as they feared that the suspect would return to pick them up to destroy evidence of the fatal attack. The victims handed the cartridges to the police. FARMS From page 1 Furthermore, Nujoma said, there was a budgetary mismatch between appropriated funds and cost of targeted hectares of land as the price per hectare had tremendously increased and this meant that more money was spent on fewer hectares of land. In the Fifth National Development Plan (NDP5), Nujoma said, the ministry is allocated N.1 This amount, he said, is not 1.9 million hectares of agricultural land needed by 2020. “To achieve the remaining 1.9 million hectares, the ministry needs … N billion per year or N.1 billion for three years …”, he said. In view of the reduction in sition, Nujoma said the ministry has revised its targets to 224,123 hectares for the strategic plan period, in order to match the appropriated amount of N8 million. “This translates into 136 previously disadvantaged being which is a drop in the ocean,” he said. He said with the lessons learnt from the strategic plan under review, the ministry formulated the new strategic plan by setting targets that can be attained with the “I would like to remind ourselves to keep in focus our terms of reference within the Harambee Prosperity Plan as together, through our various projects and programme, we can bring real tangible development for sustainable livelihoods for our people,” said Nujoma. Our Contact details and information Product of New Era Tel: +264 61 - 208 0802 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 Another oil leak as Japanese vessel runs aground Eveline de Klerk Swakopmund An emergency response team from the Directorate of Maritime Affairs was last night racing against time to contain yet another oil spill, this time close to Mile 108, near the Ugab River mouth. VILLAgERS From page 1 two weeks to walk an unbelievable distance of 250 kilometres through rugged, hilly terrain to access a clinic in Opuwo. Public transport to and from some remote areas are unbelievably scarce and people have to walk such long distances even when they are pregnant of cRocodILE From page 1 Another reason attributed Cell: +264 81 156 4114 Tel: +264 66 - 256 298 Cell +264 81 217 1888 This was after a Japanese vessel, Fukuseki Maru, with about 150 metric tons of marine diesel, ran aground early yesterday morning between Henties Bay and Terrace Bay. The incident was con- by the public relations have life-threatening illnesses. The NHIES report further indicated that 33.1 percent of households in Namibia travel less than one kilometre to the nearest hospital or clinic while 32 percent travel between Apart from the long distances and the transport challenges, the report also large crocodiles struggling are likely switching to livestock and humans for food. Tel: +264 65 - 238 990 Cell: +264 81 144 0646 Cell: +264 81 217 9739 Cell: +264 81 204 8078 Tel: +264 63 - 222 057 Cell: +264 81 312 5975 officer of the Ministry of Works and Transport, Julius Ngwedha, who told New Era they had already dispatched a team to the vessel to contain the oil spill. He however said that and health personnel as the major barriers still facing the rural health system. According to the Ministry of Health and Social Services, efforts have been made to ensure that health services are accessible and who need treatment have access to them and that health services are utilised as expected. Currently there are altogether 248 But Muyunda said the ministry allows for the utilisation of these predators by local communities in terms of trophy hunting Tel/Fax: +264 63 - 204 180/2 Cell: +264 81 245 9714 Tel: +264 61 - 208 0826 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 Tel: +264 61 - 208 0822 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 currently the leakage from the vessel is weak, hence the ministry wants to contain it as soon as possible. According to him, the crew of the vessel were rescued already and were safe. He added that the clinics, 37 health centres and 47 hospitals, most being in the north of Namibia and the larger towns where most of Namibia’s citizenry live. Some clinics and health centres also have outreach points (such as a room built by a school) where health workers periodically provide services. The area of coverage within 10 km of a health region. He added that currently about 15 conservancies are utilising crocodiles for trophy hunting, meat consumption or for sale of their skin. “Some people will eat the meat and others will sell the skin. Some will trophyhunt while others use it for income generation through tourism when tourists come and visit these areas to see crocodiles,” Muyunda noted. This, he says, is done to manage the animal population for crocodiles and hippos. He advised the community members who live in be cautious when using the river for human activities and drawing water due to the dangers posed by such predators. them to be in touch with the ministry’s staff on the ground regarding any dangers encountered due to Japanese vessel, Fukuseki Maru, off the Namibian coast. vessel was on its way from Angola to Walvis Bay when it ran aground. “Our main concern at this stage is to contain the oil spill, hence our team are hands-on with it,” he said. facility has more than tripled as a result of the number of health facilities rising from 98 in 1981 to 317 by 2001. Although 80 percent of the population now live within 10 km of a clinic, this still leaves 20 percent or over 300,000 people in remote areas, particularly Omaheke and Kunene, without ready-to-access to health services. wildlife in their areas. Kabbe South Constituency Councillor John Likando said they discovered that the crocodile population has increased which poses a serious threat to villagers. “They are so many that each time the learners go to school they come across these territorial reptiles, which ambush people everywhere. We received a re- that are complaining about crocodiles. We also saw a lot along the Chobe River,” Likando said. A learner at Muzii Combined School was attacked by a crocodile while paddling his dugout canoe from The learner escaped with minor injuries after he wrestled his way out of the crocodile’s jaws. Likando said two lives have so far been lost due to crocodile attacks between January and February. According to him, a lot of villagers are also losing their livestock to crocodiles.

Friday, March 23 2018| NEW ERA NEWS 3 Nantu attributes teacher shortages to merger Albertina Nakale Windhoek Namibia National Teachers’ Union (Nantu) leadership has come out strongly against the merger of colleges of education with the University of Namibia (Unam), saying it has contributed to the shortage of primary school teachers in Namibia. Ankama, who earlier this month also said it was wrong to merge the colleges of education with Unam. Equally, when the Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina Hanse-Himarwa took over the reins of the ministry, she received a lot of criticism when she pronounced that government made a mistake by abolishing colleges of education across the country and incorporated them with Unam. Hanse-Himarwa asserted that it was a mistake to incorporate the colleges into Unam during her budget contribution to the education ministry and she vowed to “We made a mistake to do away with teachers’ training colleges … they must be addressed and restored. I stand for the reintroduction of BETD because it has provided The Basic Education Teaching Diploma (BETD) was phased out in 2012 and BETD holders were instructed to upgrade to a Bachelor Education degree. The action led to many prospective teachers not meeting the cut due to Unam’s new stringent admission requirements at a time when Namibia faces a pressing Schools and regional education directorates are left separation perks to these temporary teachers. Nantu secretary general, Basilius Haingura, yesterday the union doubts that Unam has produced the required number of teachers for the country’s education system. Haingura said there should be coordination between the education ministry and Unam to determine and manage the training needs of the education system through a functional teacher demand and supply model. “A functional teacher demand and supply, in Nantu’s view, is long overdue. The model among others will enhance the manner in which the ministry should address and manage teacher and learner ratios in the classroom Nantu feels the inability of the government to employ classrooms leads to the compromising of the quality of teaching and learning in schools. Therefore, Nantu has argued the ministry, through the regional directorates of education, to conduct credible human resource audits with a view to establish whether teachers are properly and currently placed in the education system, according accurate evidence whether the country still needs teachers in public schools with immediate effect so that they can teachers also demand that the government, through respective regions, conduct a survey to establish which schools The unemployed graduates from the University of Namibia last month wrote a letter to the education ministry’s about the shortage of teachers when it introduced in- advisable that those who have graduated demand that the ministry should terminate the contract of employment of enrolled in the programme, with the same number again Obrein Simasiku Ondera Vice President Nangolo Mbumba has called for an end to leadership rienced at various resettlement farms and advised the contending parties to always follow the right channels in resolving the issues amicably. Mbumba made these remarks during a familiarisation tour at Ondera farm in Guinas Constituency where he strongly condemned acts of violence and, in equal measure, commended the communities undertaken at the farm. not only here but also at other resettle- Matheus Hamutenya Vaalgras - Special Initiative Programme (NGSIP) ciaries each give back the 10 goats after three years of farming so that fellow com- a revolving scheme. returned, meaning only 20 families, as from the programme this year. have managed to give back livestock, and while some managed to give back the stipulated 10 goats, many struggled to reach that number, as on average a household goats are still outstanding. hampering the productivity of the land, tually increasing their dependency on government and NGO feeding schemes. We need to encourage such fellow citizens to make themselves useful for their own “However, I commend you for the good work on vegetable production and animal husbandry. Continue the good work by this farm so that we transform Ondera Farm model for community development and resettlement farms all over Namibia. “I am also informed that leadership order of the day at some of the community life, I have never encountered any disunited But this did not dampen the hearts of those who received their livestock at Vaal- ment to farm and be productive. - received 10 goats, saying this will improve people in that area depend on farming for their livelihood and the goats are a boost for recipients like herself. farming, farming is our livelihood here, we eat from there, we pay our children’s school fees from farming, so I am glad to - the same sentiments, saying he is glad to have received the goats as it is good for any farmer to get livestock, adding that he looks forward to farming productively and return the number of animals who have ever achieved anything of great Furthermore, Mbumba said, if a to prevail there can be no meaningful socio-economic development and economic growth. “This has to stop! Let us, as united Namibians, work diligently to improve our lives and should any dispute arise, we should follow due processes to accompanied by his wife, who donated some food items to the community. Also, in attendance was the Oshikoto Swapo coordinator Armas Amukwiyu, the Governor of Oshikoto Henock Kankoshi and Chief of the Hai//Om David MUNICIPALITY OF SWAKOPMUND APPLICATIONS FOR EXEMPTION FROM PAYMENT OF ASSESSMENT RATES Notice is hereby given in terms of the provisions of Section 75 (1) of the Local Authorities Act, Act 23 of 1992, as amended, that applications are invited from institutions or organisations for the exemption from payment of assessment rates. Application Forms: Application forms can be obtained from Ms E Nakale, Room BO-21, Property Section, on c/o Rakotoka Street & Daniel Kamho Avenue, Swakopmund, Namibia; or can be downloaded from www.swkmun. Closing Date for Submission: Completed application forms must be returned to Ms Enakale at Room BO-21, Property Section, on c/o Rakotoka Street & Daniel Kamho Avenue, Swakopmund, Namibia, on / before Thursday 31 May 2018 not later than 16:30. No late applications will be considered in terms of the Local Authorities Act. Enquiries can be directed to Ms E Nakale 064-4104217. NOTICE NO 9/2018 Governor of Oshikoto Henock Kankoshi, the Deputy Minister responsible for Marginalised Communities Royal Ui/o//oo and the Vice President Nangolo Mbumba at farm Ondera during the VP and his delegation’s visit on Tuesday. VP wants an end to farm conflicts NGSIP goat scheme not meeting its targets required after three years. “I am happy, it is something I did not have before, and I am looking forward to Attending the handover ceremony, both Berseba constituency councillor and low number of goats being returned, saying the programme’s success hugely depends on the people, and, therefore, people should ensure many other community members east of Keetmanshoop. The village is the seat of the Vaalgras Traditional Authority. Mr M P C Swarts ACTING CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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