4 NEWS Friday, September 1 2017 | NEW ERA Namibia on course with Paris Agreement Albertina Nakale Windhoek Namibia is already busy implementing the Paris Agreement based on the country’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) document, which was approved by Cabinet in 2015 and outlines the intended actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change. President Hage Geingob, signed the Paris Agreement on behalf of Namibia at the U.N head Quarters in New York on 22 April 2016. Some 171 UN members signed the agreement on the same day. Namibia ratified the Paris Agreement on Climate Change on 21st September 2016. This was said by Environment and Tourism Minister oPohamba Shifeta yesterday when he officially launched two climate change projects. These are the Climate Resilient Agriculture in three of the Vulnerable Extreme northern crop-growing regions Project (CRAVE) and Empower to Adapt: creating Climate-Change Resilient Livelihoods through Community-Based Natural Resource Management in Namibia Project (EDA- CBNRM). According to him, these projects are an integral part of national efforts to mitigate the impacts of climate change and eradicate poverty in the country. He noted Namibians need to take pride in the fact that Namibia was among the first group of countries to ratify the Paris agreement. Shifeta said the INDC contains many targets, which are deliberately ambitious as a signal of Namibia’s seriousness to tackle climate change and to mobilize the necessary resources for climate change investments, part of which he says are the launched projects. He explained the INDC targets the increasing of the share of renewables in electricity production to 70 percent by 2030 and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 89 percent by 2030; reducing the deforestation rate by 75 percent; extending conservation agriculture to 80,000 hectares by 2030; and restoring 15 million hectares of grassland by 2030. He noted these targets highlight the importance that mitigating and adapting to climate change can play in moving towards a Namibia that is secure in terms of energy, water and food production. Further, he stated the whole issue of climate change also brings into focus the challenges in terms of water security and local capacity for provision of energy as well as the need for transformative solutions to these challenges such as the development of renewable energy sources and alternative methods of water supply such as desalination and aquifer recharge. He said Namibia included climate change adaptation and mitigation as a critical strategic priority in its most recent planning frameworks, including the Harambee Prosperity Plan and the NDP5. The CRAVE Project is a conservation agriculture project. It is worth approximately N0 million and will be implemented in the Zambezi, Kavango East and Kavango West regions. The CRAVE Project is aimed at reducing the vulnerability of rural communities and food insecurity related to climate risks and threats while simultaneously increasing the adaptive capacity and well-being of the affected communities. Environment and Tourism Minister Pohamba Shifeta This project, which will be implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture Water and Forestry, will directly and indirectly benefit up to 21,000 small-scale farmers in the said regions. The project steering committee for the project has been set up already and the Environmental Investment Fund and Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry have completed the recruitment process for the Project Implementation Unit. Shifeta said awareness creation regarding the project’s outcomes is underway and this project is ready to be rolled out. The second project is named ‘Empower to Adapt’ and is aimed at reducing the climate vulnerabilities and increasing the resilience of locals residing within CB- NRM areas by incorporating climate adaptation response strategies into their on-going local practices. The overall goal is to ensure that their assets and livelihoods are protected from climate-induced risks such droughts, floods, seasonal shifts and other climate disaster events. This project, valued at N$ 150 million, is expected to benefit more than 76,500 rural area residents. The Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia is also busy with a new pipeline of projects worth N0 million to the Green Climate Fund that Shifeta is hopeful will be tabled during the 18th Board meeting in 2018. Our Star of the Week is the Seventh Day Adventist Church (SDA) charity commonly known as the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) for the praiseworthy work in supplementing government programmes in the Rundu Urban constituency and the country at large. The councilor of the Rundu Urban constituency, Victoria Kauma said Government alone cannot do things on its own thus it needs a helping hand from different stakeholders such as non-governmental orgnaisations, community based orgnaisations and churches in taking the lead. The SDA this week hosted an event on HIV/AIDS where Kauma praised the church. New Era congratulates the church for the ‘good job’ in a time when some ‘churches’ are milking thousands of dollars from their congregants as well as exploiting them in all ways unimaginable.
Friday, September 1 2017| NEW ERA NEWS 5 Abortion law affecting healthcare George Sanzila Otavi Health workers often find themselves in a dilemma when attending to female patients who abort their babies as they have to comply with the Hippocratic oath while simultaneously the law says they disclose such illegal action to the police. Abortion is currently illegal in Namibia and can only be performed under strict medical supervision in cases where the woman was raped, or where there was incest or when the life of the mother is in danger. This quandary, which was related to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Gender Equality, Social Development and Family Affairs that is visiting the Otjozondjupa Region to ascertain the condition of its health facilities, often results in many women avoiding going to hospital for medical help. This has the potential to greatly affect their health and even result in death. Such predicaments have been experienced by the Otavi health personnel whose pledge to confidentiality is sometimes compromised when treating women who have illegally aborted their babies. “We have experienced a few cases of abortion and are often in a dilemma when dealing with such cases as the law requires us to disclose them and in the process breach the Witnesses sought in corruption case Staff Reporter Windhoek T h e A n t i - C o r r u p t i o n Commission (ACC) is requesting members of the public to assist in tracing three witnesses who are needed take the stand in a corruption case currently unfolding in Swakopmund Magistrate’s Court. Canvassing input… Members of the parliamentary standing committee with health staff at the Otavi Health Centre. patient confidentiality pledge that is supposed to be respected,” stated Dr Jasen Mutombo, a supervisor of the Otavi Health Centre. Among a raft of other concerns that add A c c o r d i n g t o A C C spokesperson Albertus Mbanga, the trio who reside at the coast are vital to the corruption case the ACC is spearheading. The three are Kutyowa Akwilinus Shikale, a Namibian male, ID 860808 00888, whose last known address is Erf 32, Omuthiya Street, Kuisebmond, Walvis Bay; Vatileni Shivute, a Namibian male, ID 880704 0025, whose last known address is Erf 6612, Twhangana Street, Kuisebmond, Walvis Bay; and Efraim Mwalopange, also a Namibian male, ID 860214 00682, whose last known address is Erf 32, Omuthiya Street, Walvis Bay. Mbanga noted that the trio should immediately get in touch with the Anti-Corruption Commission’s regional office in Swakopmund or alternatively contact the investigating officer, Steven Kativa on 064-418312 or 081-2776767; or senior investigating officer Frieda Kanyama on 064-418312 or 081-2929480; or Nelius Becker, chief of investigation and prosecution on 081-1299215. Should any member of the public have any information on the whereabouts of Shikale, Shivute or Mwalopange they should not hesitate to contact the aforementioned ACC investigative officers. to challenges faced by health officials in the constituency are poor infrastructure, lack of accommodation for staff and transport challenges. According to Mutombo, some patients that are referred for further medical care end up dying on the road, or while waiting for transport, as the constituency has no ambulance driver and relies on transport from Otjiwarongo, which is over 130 kilometres away. “Our infrastructure lacks space. Even the integrated health service introduced by the ministry is not being implemented because of lack of space.” “We also have lack of accommodation for staff. Transport is a major challenge as we only have one ambulance, which has been returned to Otjiwarongo because we don’t have a driver,” he added. “Otjiwarongo is over 130 kilometres away and patients have to wait, and when they get help, if they have serious conditions, they end up dying on the road,” complained Mutombo. Otjiwarongo is still the administration centre of the Otavi health district, where its patients are referred. Repeated calls for the district to be administered from Tsumeb district, which is just over 60 kilometres away, have fallen on deaf ears. The area further grapples with many cases of gender-based violence. What seems to exacerbate matters is the withdrawal of police cases by the victims. A woman activist noted during the meeting that it could be that poverty in the area is forcing many women to reconcile with their partners even in the face of repeated physical abuse as they are their only source of livelihood. A police representative at the meeting appealed for a review of the law to prevent the constant withdrawal of cases by victims. The Otavi Health Centre serves over 12,000 patients with services related to sexual reproductive health rights such as maternal cases, provision of contraceptives, PMTCT, HIV testing and counselling and male circumcision, among many others. It has a staff complement of eight and one doctor. Over 1,500 patients are under HIV treatment. The SADC Parliamentary Forum launched a project on sexual reproductive health and rights, HIV and AIDS in Namibia recently, which has compelled members of parliament to be advocates for sexual reproductive health rights and HIV and AIDS. * George Sanzila is chief information officer at the National Assembly in the Division Research, Information, Publications and Editorial Services. PUBLIC INVITATION ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT FOR THE PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION OF A NEW TRUCK PORT FUEL RETAIL FACILITY AT BRAKWATER, WINDHOEK Notice is hereby given to all Interested and Affected Parties (I & APs) that an application will be made to the Environmental Commissioner in terms of Environmental Management Act (No. 7 of 2007) and its Regulations (2012) for the following intended activity. Project Name: Project Location: Development of a Truck Port Fuel Retail Facility Portion 26/RE (Plots A to I) along A1 highway, at Brakwater (Windhoek) Project Description: The proposed development will entail the following activity: • Construction of a Fuel Retail Facility, and associated convenient shop and restaurant. • Construction of a Truck Port. Proponent: Environmental Consultant: Atrah Investments Cc Matrix Consulting Services All I&APs are encouraged to register and raise concerns or provide comments and opinions. All I&APs will be provided with a Background Information Document (BID) comprising detailed information for the intended. A public meeting is scheduled as follows: Venue: Portion 26/RE (Plots A to I) (at project location) Date: 20 September 2017 Time: 14H30 to 17H00 Should you wish to register as an I&AP and receive a BID, please contact the Matrix Consulting Services office. Tel: (+264-‐61) 224197, Fax: (+264-‐61) 212165 E-‐Mail: email@example.com DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS IS 27 SEPTEMBER 2017 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT FOR PROPOSED UPGRADE OF THE SEEIS PIGGERY PROJECT, SEEIS, KHOMAS REGION Notice is hereby given to all Interested and Affected Parties (I & APs) that an application will be made to the Environmental Commissioner in terms of Environmental Management Act (No. 7 of 2007) and its Regulations (2012) for the following intended activity. Project Name: SEEIS PIGGERY Project Location: Plot No.1 Ext/Purple Gold, Seeis, Khomas Region Project Description: The project will comprise out of the following: • Upgrade of the piggery project • The use of the existing abattoir Proponent: M & K Agriculture (Pty) Ltd Environmental Consultant: Matrix Consulting Services All I&APs are encouraged to register and raise concerns or provide comments and opinions. All I&APs will be provided with a Background Information Document (BID) comprising detailed information for the intended activity and will be informed of the public participation process to be followed. Should you wish to register as an I&AP and receive a BID, please contact the Matrix Consulting Services office. Tel: (+264-‐61) 224197, Fax: (+264-‐61) 212165 E-‐Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS IS 22 SEPT 2017 The public meeting will be held subject to the interest expressed by the public and stakeholders. All registered I&APs will be informed accordingly should the public meeting or open day session be held.