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New Era Newspaper Friday November 24, 2017

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2 NEWS Friday, November 24 2017| NEW ERA Product of New Era Oshikango Open Market bursting at the seams HELAO NAFIDI The Helao Nafidi Town Council needs funds to add more stalls to its newly established Oshikango Open Market to accommodate more vendors, said the town’s mayor Eliaser Nghipangelwa. Speaking to Nampa on Wednesday, Nghipangelwa said the new Oshikango Open Market has a capacity of 364 stalls but tenants are already at 634, including vendors who are doing business in the open space. “They include our brothers and sisters from Angola, who are also selling products from their country at the open market,” explained Nghipangelwa. Vendors from Angola, he said, were initially not considered for stalls. “However, the local vendors have requested the council to allow their Angolan counterparts to join them to boost trading activities at the market,” he stated. This has then prompted the town council to consider the construction of more stalls to provide shelter for all the vendors who are currently operating in the open. The new market facility accommodates vendors who were doing business at Oshikango’s Katwitwi informal settlement, which the council closed for business recently. President Hage Geingob on Oshikango Open Market as well as and surrounding areas have waited patiently for trading facilities of this nature,” Geingob told those present. He said he wants to see the town leadership promoting a business-friendly environment, as entrepreneurship and business are pathways out of poverty. funded the construction of the market to the tune of more than N.7 million, while Government spent N.2 - Nampa Tel: +264 61 - 2 Fax: +264 61 - 235 419 UNITY From page 1 “In the spirit of Swapo Party unity, once the contest is over and the winners have been announced, let us all rally behind the victors, because it is not personalities that matter, it is principles that matter,” said the President. He made the remarks during the opening of the 6 th Swapo Party Elective Congress at Windhoek’s Safari Hotel yesterday. He told party members to bury their personal interests and hold the interests of Swapo Party aloft. “Let us not pursue the growth of our careers but pursue the growth of Namibia,” he extolled delegates at the elective congress. Over 700 delegates are attending the congress, which started yesterday and will go up to Sunday. Geingob, who is vying for the Swapo presidency against Nahas Angula and Jerry Ekandjo, dismissed claims that Swapo has changed and is no longer the party it once was. He stated that the world has also changed and it is, therefore, important that Swapo adapts to deal with the contemporary challenges in order to social justice. “There are those who claim Swapo has changed. For those, I have the following to say: Swapo has not changed. The world has changed and in order not to be left behind, we have to change with the times, while retaining our core values. Swapo remains true to the pursuit of its fundamental ideals for social justice and liberty, in all its forms. Swapo is here to stay and it is here to stay for a very long time,” remarked Geingob. He said the party has been forthright and honest in its aims and objectives. He told the participants that Swapo is neither a personality cult nor an exclusive club. “It is not a shortcut to personal wealth or power. Swapo is a movement of the people. It is bigger than any individual, and when the day comes that we are longer here, Swapo will remain standing. The exercise of internal party democracy is a strength, not a weakness and we should never allow our stable succession practice and our democratic nature to become a weakness. The President also touched on governance issues, saying the party has established a solid macroeconomic architecture. He added that is why the administration has declared full scale war against poverty, inequality and corruption. Geingob said they recognise that the only sustained growth will be shared growth and the need for inclusive growth that will translate into the creation of decent job opportunities for all citizens. Tel: +264 66 - 253 049 Cell: +264 81 488 6594 / +264 81 124 2895 Tel: +264 66 - 256 298 Cell +264 81 217 1888 Tel: +264 65 - 238 990 Fax: +264 65 - 231 305 Tel: +264 67 - 221 652 Cell: +264 81 456 8643 Cell: +264 81 217 9739 Cell: +264 81 204 8078 Tel: +264 63 - 222 057 Cell: +264 81 312 5975 Tel: +264 63 - 204 180 Cell: +264 81 245 9714 Tel: +264 61 - Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 Tel: +264 61 - Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 SHACK From page 1 The report also shows that a – representing 13.7 percent of the population – live in privately rented accommodation as opposed to those who own a mortgage on the property they live, at 12.4 percent. Naturally, the majority of the Namibian population (50.8 percent) live in rural areas where mortgage and title deeds are not applied. Traditional dwellings being the most common housing units, make up 32.6 percent of the households in Namibia, followed by conventional houses at 30.8 percent while shacks account for 26.6 percent of the Namibian households. In urban areas, the shacks account for 39.7 percent of the households. Shockingly, the report also reveals that there are a number of houses FLAKKA From page 1 are synthetic psychoactive drugs made in drug labs. Flakka causes paranoia and psychosis. Like bath salts, cocaine and methamphetamine, and is 10 times more powerful than cocaine and alters the mental state of users. The drug comes in various forms such as colourful tables that are pink or white crystals or resembling gummy bear sweets that are popular among kids. News that flakka was week. Members of the Namibian Police Force on Wednesday also were reported, however, no further details were available on Wednesday afternoon regarding possible detections. A concerned parent told New Era she is indeed worried about the future of the young generation, as this innocent-looking drug has adverse in Erongo and //Kharas regions that are still roofed with asbestos sheets, materials that have long been condemned as health hazards and banned in many developed countries. Erongo has 40 percent of its households roofed with asbestos sheets while in // Kharas region has 11.9 percent. On the positive side, the report shows an improvement in the percentage of households with access to safe water. “Households with access to safe water have increased with 14 percent, that is, from 80 percent in 2011 to 94 percent in 2016,” notes the report. “However, more still needs to be done with regard to sanitation since about 46 percent of households in Namibia indicated that they had no toilet facilities. These households used bush, riverbed, or the report. The Namibia Intercensal effects, especially mentally. Concerned mother of two, Maureen Alberts, said she witnessed the effects the drug has on users during a recent visit to South Africa. “That whole episode experienced Demographic Survey of 2016 is the NSA since its establishment in April 2012. “This information is useful for evidence-based planning and decision making at national and regional levels and [to] assess the impact of the NDP5 and Harambee Prosperity Plan national development programmes,” said Statistician General Alex Shimuafeni. He added that the information would be used to monitor progress towards Namibia’s achievement of international targets, particularly in the monitoring progress towards achieving Africa’s Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals. The report also shows that young people aged between 25 and 34 years make up 55.5 percent of the urban population in Namibia while the young people aged between 15 to 24 years old make up 68.7 percent of the Psychosis... The highly addictive drug, Flakka, that has been detected in Namibia. by the users is so scary and the drug itself is so strong that the persons can injure themselves or anyone in their close proximity,” she told New Era on Wednesday. She added that children, especially rural population. Young people aged between 20 and 29 years make up 54.3 percent of the urban population, while the same age group makes up 51.1 percent of the rural population. There are very few young people aged 25 and 34 years living in the rural areas. In fact, only 31.3 percent of young people in that age group are left in rural areas. With the population now estimated at 2.3 million people, many of the young people have trekked to urban areas. Khomas region has recorded the highest number of people, with a population of 415 780, thanks to the migration of people from rural areas, followed by Ohangwena regions, which has recorded a population of 255 510, and Omusati region with 249 885 people. Khomas is recording the highest growth rate of 3.9 percent followed by Erongo region at 3.8 percent. those at primary school, should be warned not to take anything from strangers. “These drugs resemble colourful sweets and look very tempting. Hence, we, as parents, should really have a hard and open talk with our children regardless of how young they are. We must protect them at all cost,” she said. Crime coordinator for the Namibian Police Force in Erongo, Chief Inspector Erastus Iikuyu, told New Era the law enforcement “We know the effects of drugs and how they can affect lives, thus we are fully aware how dangerous this Flakka drug is and will play our part in bringing anyone trading it [to book], “ he said. He also urged the community at large to be extra cautious and report any drug dealings so that police can act swiftly in bringing the culprits to book and encouraged parents to educate their children about the dangers of drugs.

Friday, November 24 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 effort to disrupt Swapo congress thwarted Roland Routh Windhoek An eleventh hour bid by the Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) to have the Windhoek High Court prevent the 17 nominees of the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) from attending and participating in the Swapo elective congress, was nipped in the bud by Deputy Judge President Hosea Angula yesterday afternoon. MUN wanted the court to interdict and restrain the 17 NUNW delegates from attending the congress, which kicked off yesterday in Windhoek and will elect new party leaders this weekend. MUN also asked the court to set aside a meet- that elected the 17 nominees held on August 1, and to declare all decisions taken at the meeting null and void. The nominees include Anna Shiweda, Jacob Endjambi, Jessy Nombanza, Estaer Nghipondoka, Jacob Penda, Justina Jonas, Joseph Dinyando and Petrus Nevonga. Also part of the respondents were NUNW, Namibia Public Workers Union, Namibia Transport and Allied Union, Namibia Domestic and Allied Workers Union, Namibia Financial Institutions Union, Namibia Teachers Union, Namibia Farm Workers Union, Namibia Food and Allied Workers Union, Metal and Allied Workers Union, Namibia Music Industry Union and Swapo Party secretary general Nangolo Mbumba. the acting MUN president, the meeting was unconstitutional as it was not requested by the CEC and there was non-compliance with the constitution. The judge only heard the arguments on the urgency of the matter. Advocate Werner Boesak, who appeared on Murorua Kurtz Kasper Inc., argued the matter was urgent because they made various efforts since the August 19 meeting to solve the impasse, but nothing came of their efforts, which caused them to launch the urgent application. According to him they did not delay the matter on purpose to ambush the respondents. He said that after the August 19 meeting, court proceedings were instituted regarding the leadership of NUNW and the court only pronounced itself on October 26, and they had to await the outcome of those proceedings as it had a direct impact on the affairs of NUNW. Equally so, he said, was the fact that the Swapo SG informed the parties he was “seized” with the matter and invited all parties to a meeting on November 3. However, Khadila Amoomo, who appeared on behalf of Muniaro, Ngurare, Nevonga, NUNW and Napwu, said the urgency was self-created. According to him, MUN had from August 3, when the invitations to the August 19 meeting were sent out, to make their move. According to him, they failed to get their affairs in order and are now asking the court to do it for them. In any event, Amoomo said, they are at the wrong forum as the matter is inherently a labour issue and the High Court has no jurisdiction to try it. Stephan Vlieghe, who appeared for Nantu, echoed Amoomo’s sentiments, and asked the court to dismiss the matter with costs for lack of urgency. He too mentioned the time frame and said that the grounds forwarded for urgency were not strong enough to warrant the inconvenience. Henry Shimutwikeni, on behalf of Shaanika and Dinyando, told the court the time frame of the applicants (MUN) are highly unreasonable and the urgency was self-created. He too asked the court to dismiss the application with costs. Judge Angula agreed with the legal representatives of the respondents and dismissed the matter with costs. and tribalism rife Staff Reporter Windhoek Matheus Hamutenya Keetmanshoop Despite the government outlawing and banning corporal punishment in schools in 1991, the practice continues at some schools in the //Kharas Region, New Era can reveal. This came out at a stakeholder’s consultative meeting at Keetmanshoop this week, where participants were amongst other things asked to make inputs on the school calendar. on the school calendar, deputy director of programmes and quality assurance at the // Kharas education directorate, Petrus David Titus, said cases of teachers beating learners in class is common in the region. He said there seems to be a link between corporal punishment and the long three terms, hausted and stressed due to long working periods, they tend to beat learners as a disciplinary measure, especially those that want to cause problems and disturb classes while teachers “Many principals here can tell you about how many letters we received on teachers beating children – some cases are investigated by the police and some are with the courts. The three terms are tiring, and when teachers are tired and stressed, they beat the children,” he noted. Titus could however not provide New Era with more information on how many such cases were reported this year, be at ease knowing THAT YOUR DOCUMENTS ARE SAFE AND SECURE at THE DOCUMENT WAREHOUSE. Despite the policy of reconciliation, racism and tribalism reign supreme among Namibians, identify themselves along tribal lines and the colour of their skin. Ombudsman has now compiled a report with recommendations for the government to take concrete actions to address racism, tribalism and other forms of discrimination that have been “We point out that there is an urgent need for ‘unlearning’ racist language and dismantling change. We need to engage a creative language in order to combat racist language,” said the Namibian Ombudsman Advocate John Walters yesterday. Walters presented the report dations on the national inquiry into racism and other forms of discrimination and tribalism in Namibia. “The name of the report says it all: ‘A nation divided: Why do racism and other forms of discrimination still persist after 27 years of Namibian independence.’ I believe that it is a notorious fact that we are a divided nation,” said Walters. receipt of this report I want measures, concrete measures, They [state agencies and iden- of what concrete measures they have taken to implement my recommendations,” said Walters. Walters said while it is not his duty to enforce the recommendations, he is empowered by law to take remedial actions. If the minister, to whom directions is given, feels he/she cannot implement, then the minister must inform the ombudsman on why they cannot implement spe- “I am tired of begging for a response from a clerk or minister in the ministry. I think these recommendations are what the people in this country told us, what the International Human Rights system recommends to Namibia. I am trying to compel Namibia to comply with its international obligation. This report was not meant to embarrass government or to shame it,” he indicate that effective remedies for racism are unavailable or unhelpful to victims of racism and discrimination in general. The report suggests the cre- pensive tribunal where victims can tell their stories – “so that systemic inequalities, racism, racial discrimination may be eradicated”. This is because, says Walters, “our anti-discrimination law fails dismally to bring about social change as it disempow- discrimination”. The report deals with issues of access to justice, derogatory disability and education, rights to employment, health, land resettlement, sport, and lesbian- transgender. The ombudsman assumed a national inquiry to man rights violations in terms of racism, racial discrimination, saying the staff member dealing with issues of this nature was He however said some teachers, named in cases reported, have been issued with the signature of the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, while others have been referred to a disciplinary committee. Titus said despite reported cases of corporal punishment, the region has a no-tolerance policy on the abuse of learners, be it physical, emotional or psychological. On the school calendar, many of those in attendance opted for a change to four terms, instead of the current three, and while the four terms will be costly to government, some were of the opinion that tribalism and discrimination in general are still being perpetrated in the country. The inquiry assessed the state compliance with its obligation under various international and regional human rights instruments and to hear the feelings of the Namibian public. The public testified that racism, tribalism, and racial discrimination are persistent in the country. The report makes a number of recommendations, one of which is directed to the church to play a key role in discouraging racism and racial discrimination. This is because the church plays a huge role in the many lives of Namibians, the majority of whom are Christian. Discrimination against people of other gender also gets attention, with Walters suggesting that the Namibian prosecutor general places a moratorium on prosecution of sodomy, until the legal framework is consistent with the country’s obligation to human rights treaties in place. Further, one of the many recommendations in the report are that Namibia monitors and evaluates the legislative and policy framework to ensure the effective implementation of the right to employment, especially for women and youth, and reduce poverty levels. Stressed teachers beat up learners in //Kharas it is worth it. “I prefer the four terms – if we calculate how much government spends on teachers that are forever on sick leave, it will still be the same. It does not help we have three terms but the person who is in front and unproductive,” said one of the parents. Some suggested that the four terms be designed in such a way that learners are on holiday during the coldest days of winter. with the current three-term calendar, saying changing it to four terms will mean shorter holidays for the learners, while some said the government will not be able to fund the four terms, as it was already strug- 061 24 5588

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