6 Friday 11 May 2018 NEW ERA ADVERT Official Weekly Communique of the University of Namibia - Volume 15 UNAM PRESENTS NAMIBIA’S YOUNGEST GEOLOGY PHD GRADUATE In the beginning there were 35 - the first cohort of locally trained medical doctors, that is. Then came the special feat, a series of students of San heritage graduating at the Main and Rundu campuses. Now, Dr Hamutoko has joined the growing list of extraordinary achievements at the University of Namibia (UNAM) graduation this year. Indeed, it is by no means an ordinary accomplishment. Of course, her conferment bears greater significance, as Dr Hamutoko admits, considering the stereotypes and unjustified doubts surrounding women and their abilities in science fields. Equally, her age nearly defies her successes. “For me, it is about taking opportunities as they come,” says Dr Hamutoko as she reveals that her current trajectory was not explicitly planned. Although she discovered her interest in Geology at high school level, she had no doubts about her decision to make it a career path, when she came across a UNAM Faculty of Science pamphlet. Her first year at the University of Namibia memorably coincided with first President of independent Namibia, Dr Sam Nujoma’s final year in the Faculty. “It just became interesting,” she says in reference to the connection between her choice of study and the Founding Father. Dr Hamutoko’s dissertation topic – Groundwater recharge of perched aquifers in the Cuvelai-Etosha Basin, Namibia – reflects her desire to see all Namibians have access to safe drinking water. The study was carried out at UNAM’s Geology Department. “Of course my supervisors were very influential on the successful completion of this research,” she says of Dr Heike Wanke and Professor Benjamin Mapani, both of the University’s Geology Department. “They supported me and were very patient at times,” she adds. While academia remains her monopoly as compared to industrial geology, next on her immediate target list - after successful attainment of every other goal - is a steady job. Dr Hamutoko says just as she sifts through the dailies for potential job openings, she has also left the door open for her innovative ideas to create a possible route to employment. Based on her tradition of hauling in prestigious awards and recognitions, including the ‘Young Scientist of the Year’ accolade, presentations at international conferences, numerous scholarships and grants to study abroad, and now the icing on the cake, the doctorate itself, it’s safe to feel optimistic for the UNAM alumna’s chances in the corporate world. Vulikeni Nangombe, a practicing pharmacist, graduated at the University of Namibia (UNAM) in 2015. She is part of the first core group of UNAM’s (and Namibia’s) graduates with a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) degree. She is also a second-year student in the newly introduced Master of Pharmacy in Clinical Pharmacy (MPharm) and is now working at Windhoek Central Hospital as a pharmacist, while lecturing on a part-time basis at UNAM. “I AM A PHARMACIST AND A STUDENT-LECTURER” Although her career choice is shaping up favourably, Vulikeni admits that a path in the pharmaceutical industry was not planned, at least not entirely. “I always say Pharmacy chose me in a way” says Vulikeni. “I always knew that I wanted to be in the health sector, but I think blood and cutting people open wasn’t exactly the thing for me,” she says jokingly. What confirmed her interest in pharmacy, however, is the satisfaction from helping patients, akin to that of medical doctors. “It is very rewarding,” says Vulikeni of Pharmacy. “The best feeling is when you see a patient leave the hospital after successful medical treatment,” she adds. Associate Dean for the School of Pharmacy, Professor Timothy Rennie elaborated on the new Mpharm programme, by describing it as “work-based training”. “Pharmacists moved on from being product focused to being patient focused”, says Professor Rennie. The human element is the difference between the earlier basic pharmacologist, and the clinical pharmacist “who has an equal appreciation for both the medicine and the patient”. “So, we work with the doctors, the nurses and particularly on the safety of patients, so that when we are giving this medication, we need to make sure it is a medicine and not poison”, adds professor Rennie. Professor Rennie also points out to the ‘very good working relationship’ with the Windhoek Central Hospital as proof of progress, as they take in interns for work-based training. Although the Mpharm programme has an intense workload, Professor Rennie is particularly proud of Vulikeni and her cohorts. ‘they are highly motivated and go the distance’ he says. The call for applications to the MPharm is ending on the 9 th of May 2018, with classes commencing in July this year. NO END IN SIGHT FOR CHANCELLOR’S MEDAL WINNER A Master of Arts (MA) in English Studies graduate, Ms Coletta Kandemiri, is the 2018 proud winner of both the Chancellor’s Medal and the Vice Chancellor’s Medal. A beaming Coletta could not contain her joy for being recognised as the Best Postgraduate Student: Master by Course Work and Thesis, at the 2018 UNAM graduation ceremony in Windhoek. “I still can’t believe this! I know I had to work more than 24 hours a day, but to get this award at a prestigious institution like UNAM, is just beyond any words – trying to explain my joy will all be an understatement,” said an elated Coletta. As a long standing tradition of recognising and awarding excellence, UNAM’s Chancellor, His Excellency Dr Nangolo Mbumba also bestowed the Chancellor’s Medal for Best Student in the whole UNAM community of graduates for 2018, upon Coletta. Coletta’s MA in English Studies degree was awarded Cum Laude, having scored seven distinctions and two Bs and having had an average of 80% for the thesis. She was awarded a silver medal, shield and cash prize for the Vice Chancellor’s Medal and also a gold medal, shield and cash prize for the Chancellor’s Medal. The determined Coletta said that she is not ending at Masters Level but will take advantage of UNAM’s Postgraduate procedures which allow a student to register for free online throughout the year, so that she can do her PhD in English.
Friday 11 May 2018 NEW ERA 7 On the spot With Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Kandorozu waxes lyrical on leading NUDO Journalist K u z e e k o Tjitemisa speaks to National Unity Democratic Organisation’s (NUDO) presidential hopeful Vetaruhe Kandorozu who intends to lead the opposition party into next year’s Presidential and National Assembly elections. Kandorozu, who is the party’s current deputy secretary-general and Okakarara Constituency councillor since 2005, is challenging Utjiua Muinjangue for the party presidency ahead of an elective congress set for May 25 -27. KT: Why do you want to run for the position of the NUDO President? VK: I have been the councillor for the Okakarara Constituency since 2005, I am the party’s deputy secretary-general. I strongly feel it is about time for me to move my political career to another level. Apart from that, I was nominated by several branches across the country for the position, since I have been in different leadership positions within the party. I thought “why not? let me take the challenge”. Also, the current party president Asser Mbai who decided not to run for the position encouraged me to run for the position. Likewise, I feel that I have done enough for the Okakarara community and it is about time to move to another level. KT: Once elected as Nudo president it would mean you would be competing with President Hage Geingob for the country presidency next year. What are some of your achievements at Okakarara that proves you could lead Namibia? VK: I have not done a lot at Okakarara as an individual, but as part of the regional government as part of the community I have done my level best. When I took over at Okakarara in 2005, there was no financial institutions in terms of banks, people had to travel to Otjiwarongo or Grootfontein or Okahandja to do financial transactions. But as we speak now, there are banks such as Bank Windhoek, First National Bank (FNB) and Standard Bank; this is because of my engagement with stakeholders. Also when I took over, there were no retail shops such as Shoprite, hardware stores and private doctors, now we have all these and this is because of my intervention with the support of the central government and the community. Similarly, we only had one mobile telecommunication tower at Okakarara when I took over, as we speak, we now have six. This are just some of my achievements as the councillor Okakarara, going forward I am ready to take whatever challenge that comes my way. Comes 2020, I will be ready to stand against President Hage Geingob, my record speaks for itself. KT: Are you aware of sentiments that you cannot be NUDO president because you are Omumbanderu and NUDO is supposedly Ovaherero party? VK: Yes…I have heard of that but that is very shallow reasoning. I am a 50/50; my mother is fifty per cent Herero and fifty per cent Mbanderu, that is the same with my father. But at NUDO we want to have a paradigm shift were we move from one tribal representation to accommodate other languages. Even as we speak we do not have enough Mbanderu within NUDO, so we also need to find a strategy and modalities on how to penetrate the dominated Mbanderu areas so that they can come on board. What we want is to engage all other tribes; all other language groups so that they can join us. Next year we will be traveling to all fourteen regions of the country to invite new members, recruit them, accommodate them on the party structures so that by the time the next congress comes, Vetaruhe Kandorozu their membership will be five years old and they can take executive positions within the party. Next year the party will be restructuring the branches, which will be a good opportunity for the party to attract all tribes across the country. Our level of reasoning is to move away from being a one tribe party to a multiple one that’s why you see in our slate we got Deputy National Treasurer, Gretchen Boois so that when we go to the south we have someone who can speak Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb invites applications for the following position: SENIOR PROJECT ENGINEER CLOSING DATE: Friday, 25 May 2018 For detailed information on the vacancy, please visit: www.dundeeprecious.com/English/Careers/Namibia Dundee Precious Metals Tsumeb is an Equal Opportunity Employer ITEM NO: DPMT18027 the language. Expression of Interest (EOI) to provide the following service: EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP) CLOSING DATE: Thursday, 7 June 2018 KT: If you go to parliament as NUDO president how do you intent on approaching genocide matter? VK: Our late president Dr Kuaima Riruako moved the motion in Parliament and it was enormously adopted. As a party that moved the motion, we feel that we are not being recognised as the custodian of the motion. As a party, we had a vision on how the motion should be handled but right now we feel we are being sidelined. Firstly, the affected communities did not elect Zed Ngavirue; President Hage Geingob nominated him. There were no consultations at all, and this is what we are not happy with. President Geingob should have consulted the affected communities before appointing Ngavirue. If decisions are not participatory, people will revolt and that is the current situation. But my approach on genocide will be to convince government to come to terms with traditional authorities, the affected communities and to involve them in the negotiations. KT: How will you deal with the land issue? VK: The land issue is straightforward and we are very happy that at last the current administration has decided to bring in ancestral and restitution as part of the agenda of the land conference. Our proposal is that ancestral land must benefit those people who lost For detailed information on the expression of interest, please visit: www.dundeeprecious.com/English/Operating-Regions/Current-Operations/Tsumeb/Tenders land directly or indirectly through their ancestors. We are not saying that we should be taken back where our parents use to leave but we will be happy if one of the affected communities are resettled at our ancestors farms. Our proposal is that thirty per cent of the land must be given to the affected communities and twenty per cent should be nationalised. Also what we do not want is foreigners owning farmland in our country. Foreigner’s farms must be expropriated and they must be compensated. KT: Lastly, How is the relationship between your team and the one of Utjiua Muinjangue? VK: The relationship is very healthy on our side; I cannot speak on their behalf. We are commenting on their social media time line and they are commenting on ours. Our campaign is moving on a reconciliatory tone, and we are not using any derogatory language, we are not victimising or harming or insulting anybody. Our focus is what we can deliver if we are given the chance. Kandorozu slate includes, Professor Jekura Kavari as Deputy President, Vehonga Kaijere as National Treasurer, Gretchen Boois as Deputy National Treasurer, Meundju Jahanika as Secretary General, Lesley Kauandara Deputy Secretary General, Likuis Mupya and Ndankie Hangero as National Chairperson and Deputy National Chairperson. VACANCY EXPRESSION OF INTEREST