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2 NEWS Friday, September 29 2017| NEW ERA Product of New Era Tel: +264 61 - 273 328 Fax: +264 61 - 235 419 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 Tweya decries gender imbalance in SABA Staff Reporter Windhoek Na m i b i a ’ s M i n i s t e r o f I n f o r m a t i o n a n d Communication Technology, Tjekero Tweya, on Wednesday took a swipe at broadcasting executives attending the 5th SADC-SABA Broadcasting Forum. He said he has observed a “serious gender imbalance” in the attendance of the conference and asked if this is not one aspect the Southern African Broadcasting Association (SABA) must address going forward. He made the remarks when he delivered the keynote address at the body’s annual general conference taking place at Gateway Conference Centre in Khomasdal. “This might sound as a petty issue for many, but the male dominion in of the content of gender issues on ECN From page 1 underspent by N.94 million. “These funds could have been utilized for other projects in the country,” he observed. This could all be attributed to the fact that the organizational structure of the commission makes provision for an internal auditor, but which remains spending. Kandjeke cautioned that treasury instruction DC 0202 stipulates that when drawing up draft estimates, advisors shall take note of and guard against more funds than can reasonably be spent, being requested. He recommended that the place to avoid underspending of the budget and comply with treasury platforms like radio and TV,” he said. “And if we want to see and hear gender balance in local content, representation of male and female must strike the same balance in the hierarchy of SABA.” According to Tweya, lawmakers have created the legal frameworks allowing broadcasters to practise their craft without hindrance, but such freedoms should not be abused to the extent that they infringe on the rights of others. He said all must act in a manner which shall cherish the freedoms in democracies throughout SADC. He lamented that some broadcasters exclusively service lucrative markets at the expense of the broader public. “I regard this kind of thinking as small minds that cannot see the ocean of people they classify as remote and rural people; notwithstanding the fact instruction DC 0202. In his response to the draft report, measures in place to conduct internal budget reviews and consultations. The unauthorised expenditure mentioned is reported as such in terms of section 27 (6) (a) of the State Finance Act, 1991. Kandjeke further revealed that one main division was exceeded by N.77 million which is unauthorised in terms of section 6 (a) (ii) of the Act; and although treasury approval was obtained to utilize expected savings for the payment of excess expenditure by way of virements during the year, one operational sub-division was exceeded by N.5 million. “This excess is unauthorised in terms of section 6 (iii) of the Act. It is recommended that the accounting measures to avoid unauthorised expenditure,” Kandjeke recommended. command big numbers and control buying power.” He urged members to provide access to information even to the most vulnerable and those living in far rural and remote areas of SADC. “And this is what we, in Namibia, capture in the Harambee Prosperity feel left out of the Namibian House’.” The onus is on them as public service broadcasters to lead the SADC agenda on public broadcasting, he added. “Even mobile telecommunications companies rely on your broadcasts to transmit their advertising messages and brand to the millions of people in SADC. Therefore, you need to take ownership and aggressively drive the SADC broadcasting agenda to ensure that people living in remote areas of SADC’s voices be heard and they must see themselves on our TV screens as part of our African heritage and local content.” He said the accounting officer reported 10 cases of outstanding subsistence advances of N,084, while the subsistence and travel advance suspense account indicates a balance of N1, 205, and the debit balance list indicates an amount of N5,896, leaving unexplained differences between the respective reports. He says this might lead to the Therefore, he recommended reconciliation on a regular basis and comply with the requirements of circular D12/2016 of the auditorgeneral and treasury instruction BB0101. The circular states that an 8 of the Act is charged with the general administration of a vote and state money under his control, should be responsible for the clearance of the accounting records accounts and other Tweya said if telecommunications companies “hamstring your progress, engage political support for us to exert the necessary pressure through appropriate policies”. He further said the people of SADC expect world-class customer service, world-class local content, world-class equipment, and they expect a reliable distribution and exchange of content for and about SADC; nothing less and nothing more – “and we owe it to them despite the “Lack of funds is nothing new for us in SADC – we know this challenge and what are we doing to constraints,” said Tweya. According to him, financial constraints should produce breakthrough ideas to deliver creative and highly commercial innovations to generate income and new revenue streams. Kandjeke further found that the commission does not have an audit committee – as a result, the effectiveness of internal controls and compliance with legislation is not being evaluated. He said an effective audit committee would increase the integrity and as the system of internal control and “Under this structure, the internal audit team can serve as the regarding the organisation’s ability responsibilities and ensure that the organisation adjusts practices and internal controls as needed,” he advised. Further, he said, the ECN collected N6,450 as deposits made by political parties to participate in the 2015 regional and local authority elections as well as for the candidates who participated in the by-elections. 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 - 273 326 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 WATER From page 1 as only a few households and some businesses can afford reservoir tanks. Everyone, including businesses and various institutions, is being affected by the water shortage that has crippled Rundu. “We only have uninterrupted water from our taps, maybe for two days in a week, but on most days we don’t have water, especially during the day. Our clients run out of the hotel to lodges that are not affected by water cuts, like the ones on the lower ground near the river,” said Frans Flory at Hotel Rundu along the Trans-Caprivi Highway. “We have connected some rooms to a reservoir container but the rest of the rooms cannot be connected at the moment and we are losing business,” Frans added. “Everyday you wake up to take a shower but there is no water – you have to get to work without bathing and it is so uncomfortable. What is the town council doing? I heard they are not buying enough prepaid units of water. in the water department said it’s the town council’s fault because they are not paying NamWater, so NamWater cut us off when the units are up,” said Daniel Langhart. bath or fetch water – running the risk of drowning or getting caught by a crocodile, despite the fact they always paid their water utility bills with the town council. New Era spoke to the acting CEO of Rundu, Mathews Naironga, who was defensive, saying the town council is not to blame but rather NamWater, as the utility is apparently unable to meet the town’s water needs. “The volume of purified water NamWater is pumping to the town is small and only suburbs that are close to the reservoirs like Tutungeni, Safari and Nkarapamwe get most of the water and the rest of the locations suffer,” Naironga said. The acting CEO emphasised that the biggest problem is that NamWater is purifying very little water for the town while “the demand is too high”. New Era heard some people say that since the town was connected to a prepaid water meter by NamWater the council has not bought enough water units for the town, and thus water gets cut, but Naironga said this is not the case as the town council pays for enough units. New Era further went on to seek answers from the water corporation, NamWater, but no response was got despite sending several emails and making calls to NamWater senior manager for corporate communications, Johannes Shigwedha. “Just send the questions to my email, I will get them,” he said when this reporter phoned him on September 18 – but since then his phone went unanswered and he has not responded to the emails. Tel: +264 61 - 273 322 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 TWEYA From page 1 have a stake in the internet,” he said. He went on to say this inherently means and makes the internet a multi-stakeholder platform, which is the principle that underpins, or should underpin, internet governance processes, not just globally, but at regional and national levels as well. According to Tweya, Namibia adopted a multi-stakeholders approach, which is a legitimate, transparent and open process to all participants and consciously includes a diversity of stakeholders from industry, civil society, governments, technical experts and academic communities. He further said the Namibian government has initiated the rollout of e-government platforms across strategic state sectors and departments. “The Namibian government, under the auspices of the Ministry of ICT (Information and Communicaiton Technology), has also initiated the review of ICT-related laws and policies with the aim of installing appropriate frameworks towards achieving our national goals in respect of the digital realm. On top of that, the Namibian government has and continues to invest heavily in ICT infrastructure, nationally, regionally and locally,” the minister stressed. Additionally, Tweya said despite Namibia is currently experiencing, government is busy putting computers in schools and in youth and community centres around the country to enable the state to facilitate ordinary Namibians to shape their own future. Tweya also said access to information, in the context of transparent and accountable governance and government, is something the government has embraced and has even articulated in its Harambee Prosperity Plan. “Let it be clear that the Namibian government is committed to ensuring access to information, and to that to Information Draft Bill towards putting it on the parliamentary agenda as soon as possible,” the minister enthused.

Friday, September 29 2017 | NEW ERA Mines operate with expired permits Albertina Nakale Windhoek Auditor-General Junias Kandjeke has discovered that 62 percent – eight out of 12 – of the permits issued to mineral rights holders operating in the //Karas and Erongo Regions have expired. The Department of Water Affairs in the Ministry of Agriculture, Permits (WEDEP) and the renewal should be done within three months before expiry. At the time of the audit, it was found that the directorate did not adequately ensure that mineral rights holders have valid WEDEP. These mines were also found to be in contravention of the Environmental Management Act of 2007, as they are disposing waste into the environment. These revelations are contained reports regarding the Monitoring of Pollution and Environmental Rehabilitation of Mining Sites within the Ministry of Mines and Energy and that of Environment and Tourism that Kandjeke audited. Kandjeke said, as a result, the non-renewal of permits could increase the rate of non-compliance, which could lead to contamination of water resources because the water quality is not tested to ensure compliance to Namibian water quality standards. Some of those found to be contravening the Environmental Management Act of 2007 include Namdeb, Elizabeth Bay Diamond Mine, Rossing Uranium Mine, Swakop Uranium, Valencia Uranium Mine. Otjihase and Matchless that both mine copper in Khomas Region have no permits at all. The audit also found that the rivers in the vicinity of these mines are the Directorate of Geological Survey in the Ministry of Mines and Energy. “This is due to a lack of monitoring by the Department of Water Affairs,” Kandjeke noted. Some of the miners found with valid mining permits include Skorpion Zinc, Rosh Pinah Corporation, Chemicals and Langer Heinrich Uranium. Rossing Uranium also had one valid permit although the other one had expired. The audit further uncovered that the Directorate of Mines has not been adequately monitoring mining sites of mineral rights holders. At the time of the audit, Matchless and Otjihase, Otjozondu Manganese, Stone Africa Granite as well as Ysterpitz Blue Lace mines within the Khomas, Otjozondjupa, Erongo and //Karas Regions, respectively, did not report oil spills and remedied such spillage on the environment. “As a result, oil spills may cause long-term irreparable damage to the environment,” Kandjeke said. The audit also found that the Ministry of Environment and Tourism does not identify the Mines and Energy Ministry as an organ of state mandated to regulate mining and quarry operations, which might have an impact on the environment, nor was the mines ministry published in the government gazette, in accordance with Sub-section 1 of Section 24 of the Environmental Act. Therefore, Kandjeke said, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism could not hold the mines ministry liable for environmental damage caused by the mineral rights holders. The audit also found out that the mines ministry has not amended the Minerals (Prospecting and Mining) Act, 1992, as stated in the Minerals policy of 2002. As a result, Kandjeke said the ministry might not effectively regulate some mining activities such as sand mining and small-scale miners. However, the ministry said the amendment process of the Act is an ongoing exercise, which is at an advanced stage and should not be rushed as they are gaining insightful information during the process. Physical observations conducted indicated non-compliance to the provisions of their Environmental Management Plans except Ohorongo deb Orange River mines. Written notices were also not served to the mines ministry to remedy non-compliance such as general waste mixed with hazardous waste, oil containers not safely stored, fuel spillage at fuel bays and oil drums leaking into the environment. As a result, he noted, mineral rights holders continue to pollute the environment. The environment ministry could also not provide assurance that smallscale miners operated with valid during the period under review. This means such miners could be mining illegally without environmental clear- Domestic asset requirements increase to 40 percent Finance Minister, Calle Schlettwein Edgar Brandt Windhoek Namibia has to increasingly mobilise domestic resources to agenda. As such, said Minister of Finance, Calle Schlettwein, given the investment opportunities that have emerged on the domestic investor space, the policy to raise the domestic asset requirement threshold is now due for implementation with the gazetting of amendments to domestic resources week of October. These amendments, which will banks, insurance companies and pension funds, will lift the domestic asset requirements from the current 35 percent to 40 percent by January 2018, 42.5 percent by April 2018 and 45 percent by October 2018. These policy changes are expected to release substantial savings into the domestic economy for listed and unlisted opportunities. This, said Schlettwein, is in recognition of the fact that no country can rely on other countries’ resources for its own development. During an update on the economy on Wednesday, Schlettwein pointed out that when the international community adopted the Addis Action Agenda as a means of ment Goals, strong emphasis was laid on domestic resource mobilisation, as a sustainable means of objectives. consolidation phase, it is material that the implementation of structural policy forms and alternative and implemented timely. The interventions to create an enabling environment for investment is one such intervention, but we are through public, private partnership (PPP), bridging the information gaps on the implementation of the Public Procurement Act through targeted training for stakeholders,” Schlettwein explained. In addition, to promote economic growth, government has engaged the public and private sector to establish an Infrastructure Fund at the Development Bank of Namibia, which will be ring-fenced for funding current and future priority economic infrastructure. The fund, which is expected to be operational by the end of October, will draw capitalisation from the domestic amortisation provided for under the budget over time, as a measure transparency. “This intervention has latitude of complementarity through the African Development ing arrangements. These measures will be a good shot in the arm for the construction sector, which is now bottoming out of the severe effects of the steep consolidation phase,” stated Schlettwein. Regarding the state of the economy, Schlettwein said there is reasonable optimism that economic activity and outlook for this year is better than a year ago, for which the activity rate stood at 1.1 percent. The Ministry of Finance now anticipates growth to be in the range of 1.8 and 2.3 percent for 2017. “While we see the green shoots budding on the economic landscape, it is material that increasingly leveraged to help lift the activity rate,” Schlettwein concluded. 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Let us encourage children to go to school for a bright future and let marriage come later at its right time, as per the wish of the child,” said Sioka. The practice, which affects both boys and girls, disadvantages the children, as they fail to complete their education and are burdened with parental responsibilities. The day was celebrated under the theme: ‘The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for Children in Namibia: Accelerating protection, empowerment and equal opportunity’. Agenda 2030 envisions a world that invests in children and in which every child grows up free from violence and exploitation with a particular focus on those in most vulnerable situations. 061 24 5588

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