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8 HEALTH Monday, December 4 2017 | NEW ERA 215,000 Namibians living with HIV/Aids WINDHOEK High alert… Secretary General of the Namibia Red Cross Society, Naemi Heita speaks during the commemoration of World Aids Day in Kilimanjaro informal settlement. He said the HIV/Aids prevalence rate in the country declined from 18.2 percent in 2014 to 16.9 percent in 2016. About 215,000 Namibians are living with HIV/Aids, while 131,103 are currently on anti-retroviral treatment, Namibia Red Cross Society Secretary General, Naemi Heita, has said. Heita made the revelation during the commemoration of World AIDS Day held in Kilimanjaro informal settlement here on Friday. She said Namibia has made strides in the fight against HIV/Aids as the prevalence rate of the disease in the country declined from 18.2 percent in 2014 to 16.9 percent in 2016. Heita noted that although the country was doing its best to fight the pandemic, donor funding for HIV programmes has drastically reduced in recent years, limiting the ability of HIV programmes to achieve universal access and sustain current progress. “Domestic sources of funding are important alternatives to consider in replacing donor HIV funding,” said Heita. The SG of the Namibia Red Cross Society added that successful resource mobilisation, design and implementation require close collaboration with government ministries, individuals and private companies to ensure the gains are not reversed due to a drop in levels of funding. “Let us join hands together as a nation and put resources together to ensure the fight against HIV is not halted by economic uncertainty created by the global crisis, and ensure the sustainability of the gains of the past decades, and intensify future efforts to stop the pandemic,” pleaded Heita. – Nampa Health conscious… Bank Windhoek’s human resources department with the bank’s corporate wellness consultant, Marjolize Scholtz (far right) on World Aids Day. Photo: Contributed Bank commemorates World Aids Day Staff Reporter Windhoek Bank Windhoek staff members countrywide, joined the rest of the world to commemorate International World Aids Day On Friday. The bank embarked on its annual campaign to educate its employees about the importance of knowing their individual HIV/AIDS status. “To know your HIV/AIDS status opens the door to robust prevention and treatment options that can save your life and that of a loved one. Together we can take a stand against one of the critical issues driving this epidemic, which is people not knowing their HIV/AIDS status,” said Bank Windhoek’s corporate wellness consultant, Marjolize Scholtz. The campaign themed, ‘I Take Control Of My Health’, started on Monday, November 27 and concluded with a discussion at branches and departments, on the importance of employees knowing their HIV/AIDS status and preventing new infections. Bank Windhoek’s wellness department was assisted by a team of wellness champions within various branches and departments, who conducted special awareness sessions with the employees and introduced them to the new HIV Home Test Kit. Together, they were tasked to consider the benefits of the HIV/ AIDS Home Test Kit and the importance of speaking to a counselor or helpline beforehand to ensure their readiness to test. The need to have an action plan in place, no matter the result was also emphasised. Counselling helpline numbers were emailed to all employees. “The test kits are available at most pharmacies at an affordable price,” said Scholtz. Employees received a red ribbon and were informed that by wearing it, they pledged to know their status and to make an effort in sharing their knowledge about various testing options and take action. The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) HIV/AIDS Campaign theme for World Aids Day 2017, is ‘Every Body Counts’ and is aimed at providing a universal healthcare coverage in HIV/AIDS. COURSE on Offer DIPLOMA IN POLICE MANAGEMENT (NQA Level 5) Applications are now invited for the 2018 Academic Year This programme includes modules such as: Legal Framework of Policing in Namibia; Intelligence-Led Policing; Strategic Management; Disaster Management Closing date for applications 08 December 2017 For more information on these and all other offerings, please visit our website or contract us on: Tel: +264 61 413 500, Email: DIRECTORATE OF PUBLIC EDUCATION AND CORRUPTION PREVENTION DAY 2 - 04 DECEMBER 2017: THE STRUCTURE OF THE UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION AGAINST CORRUPTION The United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) covers five main areas; preventive measures, criminalization and law enforcement, international cooperation, asset recovery, and technical assistance and information exchange. The first four areas are subject to an implementation review process. To ensure effective implementation of UNCAC, the Conference of States Parties (CoSP) was established to support Member States. CoSP seeks to improve the capacity of, and cooperation between, Member States to achieve the objectives set forth in UNCAC and to promote and review its implementation. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is the secretariat to the CoSP. The review process, as decided by the CoSP is divided into two cycles of five years each: the first cycle (2010-2015) focuses on the implementation of Chapters III and IV (Criminalization and Law Enforcement; and International Cooperation), and the second cycle (2015-2020) focuses on the implementation of Chapters II and V (Preventive Measures and Asset Recovery). For more information on UNCAC: The next edition will focus on the UNCAC Review Process. HOW TO REACH AND CONTACT ANTI – CORRUPTION COMMISSION OFFICES IN NAMIBIA ACC Head Office: ACC Swakopmund Office: ACC Oshakati Office: ACC Otjiwarongo Office: Corner of Mont Blanc and Groot Tiras Street, Windhoek Erf 663, Makarios Centre, Cottage Avenue, Swakopmund Social Security Building, 1st Floor Erf 129, Hage Geingob Street PO Box 23137, Windhoek, Namibia PO Box 8008, Swakopmund, Namibia PO Box 533, Oshakati PO Box 7220, Otjiwarongo Tel: +264 61 435 4000 Tel: +264 64 418 300 Tel: +264 65 222 150 Tel: +264 67 302 731 Fax: +264 61 300 952 Fax: +264 64 418 221 Fax: +264 65 222 154 Fax: +264 67 302 734 Toll-free No: 0800 222 888 Email Address: Website:

NEW ERA | A look at key findings of the 2016 NIDS Report Page 10 A look at key findings of the 2016 NIDS Report Page 11 INSIDE USINESS This news is your business Vedanta’s mining site in Namibia. Vedanta Zinc International CE Deshnee Naidoo Vedanta invests N,7 billion more in Namibian mining operations Vedanta, a major zinc producer, is making a fresh US0 million (about N,7 billion) investment in its Namibian operations, as it plots a strategy to make the plant a regional hub for refining the metal, according to Vedanta Zinc International CE Deshnee Naidoo. The refinery is a pivotal plant in the diversified Indian mining company’s base metals strategy in Southern Africa, where it sees itself as a dominant zinc and lead producer from its Gamsberg and Black Mountain mines in the Northern Cape and possibly the Skorpion mine in Namibia, depending on whether another extension to the asset’s life can be made. The Gamsberg mine, at which Vedanta is investing US0 million (about N,5 billion), will be a 250,000 tonnes a year of zincin-concentrate producer, selling the metal to offshore buyers as the company considers whether to include a refinery in a second phase of the Gamsberg project to increase output to 400,000 tonnes of metal in concentrate. At the 400,000 tonnes a year production level, the logic of shipping 1-million tonnes of concentrate at a 50 percent metal grade out of SA made little sense and Vedanta was seriously contemplating building a refinery to process it, Naidoo said. However, if no fresh ore could be mined at Skorpion after the US0 million investment, which would give the mine another three-and-a-half years of life and would more than double output to 200,000 tonnes of zinc a year, then the refinery there, which processes oxidised material, would be converted to handle concentrate coming from sulphide deposits like Gamsberg and others, generating 150,000 tonnes of finished zinc a year, she said. The third phase could take output to 600,000 tonnes, but this was far in the future. The Black Mountain mine, which generates 70,000 tonnes of lead, copper, zinc and silver a year, would ultimately become a pure lead mine with output of 160,000 tonnes a year. The cost of the second phase of Gamsberg, including the refinery and an extension of the concentrator plant, would be about 0 million (about N,8 billion), which would bring the total bill for the phased development of the mine to nearly US billion (N,7 billion). It was an investment Vedanta group chairman Anil Agarwal was not reluctant to make, Naidoo said. “The chairman of the business is all about growth. We love that.... It’s my job to balance what we know what we want to do with phase two and making sure all the learnings in phase one and optimisations we’ve put in place are carried into the second phase,” she said. By the middle of 2018, when the Gamsberg concentrator begins ramping up with half a million tonnes of stockpiled freshly mined ore ready to be processed, Vedanta Zinc wants to be able to make a decision on the second phase, whether to proceed immediately with mobilising a phase two team or to delay the project a while. A key factor would be the availability of power, some 300MW, and this was the best time to begin talking to Eskom, because of new generation coming on line and an oversupply of electricity in a moribund economy, she said. – BusinessLive The Weekend DISCOUNTER All your specials for the weekend, in one section! #TalkToUs Contact Ms. Bernadette Nyambe: Tel: +264 61 208 0318 | Email:

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