6 NEWS Friday, March 23 2018| NEW ERA Community wants ancestral land Clemans Miyanicwe Kamanjab/Opuwo The Oromuve Tjimba traditional community’s unrecognised leader Gabriel Kaunotje says his people want him to be accorded government recognition and are also demanding their ancestral land. “We lost our land after it was taken from us before independence,” said Kaunotje. The unrecognised leader also feels the retrenchment of his people from commercial farms after the introduction of the minimum wage makes their plight even more urgent. “The farms where most of our people were employed let go of them after the introduction of the minimum wage. Now they have no place to reside or call home and we want to live like others too,” Kaunotje told New Era recently. After the community was uprooted from its land some of them relocated to the then Kaokoland. The community wants to be recognised like the San who live in and around Etosha. New Era was informed their forefathers resided in areas such as Okaakana and Onaiso in Etosha and played traditional music such as omuhiva and outjina. Daniel Tjiveze, the chairperson Marginalised… This illustrative photo of a rural community in Kunene attending a meeting. of the unrecognised community, believes the recognition of the Oromuve Tjimba group will add some weight to their demands to get back their ancestral land. A few years ago the then governor, the late Angelika Muharukua, requested the Tjimba to visit farms in Kamanjab area so that they could also apply to be resettled on those farms. 0n March 27 2017, Muharuka even wrote to the then Minister of Urban and Rural Development r Sophia Shaningwa an application for the recognition of the Oromuve Tjimba Traditional Authority. They Vice-President asking for political support so that their chief could be recognised. The unrecognised Oromuve Tjimba Traditional Authority leadership consists of Kaunotje, Linus Tjiveze, Emilie Ripaka Karunga, Ben Kamaru, Stefanus Turitjo, Watepisa Tjimuhiva, Petrutha Kenahama and Felicity Mbapewa Hoaes, while the junior traditional councillors include Paulina Ndjitezewa, Dawid Karunga, Petrus Tjiveze, Fedrika Kamerika, Mathues Mutrifa and Uatukisa Kuvare. On January 7 the traditional community wrote to Kunene Governor Marius Sheya through the of the President that they are declared a marginalised community based in Kunene south (Khorixas, Outjo, Kamanjab and surrounding areas). According to the assessments done the Tjimba community does not have proper housing, it has high unemployment, it lacks job skills, has no income-generating projects and they want the same assistance rendered to other marginalised communities extended to them. They feel land should be provided to them as a matter of urgency and the youth be given opportunities in skills development under the National Youth Service, and employment in the Namibian Police, Namibian Defence Force (NDF), as well as jobs in the health sector. The Tjimba also want to start own chicken, brick-making and other projects, and because of the experience acquired on farms on which they grew up they want to be involved in crop farming and animal husbandry so that they can reduce poverty, that is if government resettles them. The group also wants representation on the Kunene Land Board. “Marginalised communities must be treated the same, children in secondary schools of marginalised groups get monthly grants for their stationery, except ours,” their leadership pleaded. Kamanjab learners struggle with literacy Clemans Miyanicwe Kamanjab Karin van Dyk, the assistant librarian at Okamaru community library, says children at the village struggle with literacy while others who visit the library do not know the alphabet. “Most of the children cannot read and I have to teach them at times but they do not even understand English or Afrikaans, has worked at the library since May 2011. The Okamaru community library receives about 20 visitors monthly and about 10 children, and although young visitors love books reading. The community library was opened in October 2003 and falls under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture. The library has a collection of both adults and children, which number about 2,500 books. Van Dyk said that since last year she stopped handing out books as most of them are never returned after they are borrowed. “Since last year I stopped letting the public take out books from the library. They must come here and use them or make copies,” Van Dyk said. Although printing at the library is generally not for public use the community is allowed to use the photocopying machine. The library is situated in the community hall and is open to the public from 08h00 until 17h00. Since January 2016 the library has not been able to source new magazines or newspapers due to budget cuts, according to Van Dyk, who added: “No money is available.” She pleaded with good Samaritans to come on board and donate ink cartridges and books. The library is struggling with electricity and the assistant librarian and cleaner buy electricity with the revenue generated when people pay for using the photocopying machine, for which they are charged N per copy. 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Friday, March 23 2018 | NEW ERA NEWS 7 NSI approves speed detectors of Selma Ikela Windhoek City Police are ready to redeploy speed detection instruments along Windhoek roads following recent approval by the Namibian Standards Institution (NSI). This comes after the use of the equipment was suspended last year in June and could thus not be used as evidence in the courts of law. The equipment had been in use for almost The instrument the City Police employs is laser-based technology to detect speed. In this instance, City Police Senior Superintendent Adam Eiseb told the media that they have approval for the safety cam from NSI whereby they are using two types – the laser and the radar equipment. He explained that the laser-based equipment needs human intervention to capture; hence, it needs an operator and every time the operator picks up he/she activates the instruments to lock the over-speeding vehicle. He explained that the radaroperated camera is 100 percent independent of human intervention and is so advanced that it can capture whether the vehicle is approaching or going in the opposite direction. Eiseb stated that the same goes for the laser equipment. “I am pleased to announce that the process, in as far as some of this equipment is concerned, has received the type approval for the equipment referred to as the safety cam. We have the type approval cer- equipment to be used for law enforcement purposes and as such can be presented as evidence in a court of law,” stated Eiseb. Eiseb said the judiciary had questioned the credibility of the speed law equipment for the simple reason that the instruments were not type approved by the Namibian Standards Institution and it was mostly based on the South African Bureau PUBLIC NOTICE All Namibian citizens pursuing undergraduate studies outside Namibia 30 th Standards. “It was found not to be relevant to Namibia, and seeing that we have our own standards institute that was recently established, it needed to be type approved by our local institution,” he said, adding that all law enforcement [agents] using the equipment had to be suspended Notice is hereby given in terms of section 63 (2)(a) together with section 30 (1)(t) of the Local Authorities Act (Act 23 of 1992), that Otjinene Village Council intends to sell the following immovable properties by way of private transaction to the under-listed persons and companies at the prices indicated below: Any person objecting may do so in writing with reasons thereof by lodging such objection to Council P/Bag 1003 Otjinene No Name Surname Contact Details Erf no Price Size Speed cam: The Namibian Standards Institution has approved City Police instruments to detect speed and they are ready for deployment. Photo: Selma Ikela around June last year. He said the other required documentation that should accompany the use of this equipment is the bration process is repeated every six months to ensure the instruments are functioning 100 percent. “And on top of that the operators (the officers), who are operating this instrument need these instruments and, therefore, knowledgeable as to how the instruments are used,” said the senior s uperintendent. www.hpcna.com.na Enquiries: Mr. E Kaahangoro , Mr. N Karuaihe +264 62567534