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2 NEWS Monday, February 12 2018 | NEW ERA CORRUPTION From page 1 Currently there is also speculation some deputy ministers could be appointed to fill up the positions of those elevated to full ministerial posts and others could be shifted or removed entirely. When approached to shed light on these potentially damning allegations, Noa cheekily responded that he was unaware of the allegations notwithstanding the fact Geingob last week aired his displeasure adding that he has been gravely disturbed by various allegations of corruption, maladministration and/ or incompetency levelled at the said portfolios. Speaking to New Era, on Friday, Noa who has in the past been accused of targeting small fish such as school secretaries, said no single case of corruption has been reported at his office regarding the accused ministries. At the First Cabinet Meeting last week, a fired-up Geingob reaffirmed his firm leadership political will and commitment to fight corruption whilst upholding good corporate governance. Geingob further reiterated the general political desire in fighting corruption was demonstrated by the reversal of the multi-billion-dollar Hosea Kutako International Airport tender award. He also cited investigations into the alleged inflated costs to the National Oil Storage Facility as well as the much-trumpeted Neckartal Dam, while the timely intervention to thwart the Namibia-Angola crude oil import scheme must also be applauded. He added the long dragging cases and investigations, such as the marathon trials of Avid, Social Security Commission, Offshore Development Company, GIPF, the Kora Awards and SME Bank also demonstrate Government’s commitment to root out corruption in the country. Furthermore, the President said Namibia has put in place effective measures and established the independent Anti-Corruption Commission to fight corruption. He also added that apart from Namibia being a signatory to the African Union ‘Convention on the Preventing and Combating of Corruption’, and other international legal instruments that oblige member states to fight corruption whilst recognising the devastating effects of maladministration, the Whistleblowers Protection Act was promulgated in order to enhance the effectiveness in eradicating corruption. “Our determination to fight and address corruption is not only confined to national legislations and guidelines that are already in place as informed by the international community’s resolve to fight corruption,” he charged. Geingob said the government would also deal with the issue of poor-public-servicedelivery including incompetence as this may also yield corrupt practices as a result of insufficient controls punctuated by poor management. “Our willingness to investigate and subsequently charge government officials demonstrates government’s commitment to root out corruption in its entirety in our country. “I’ve written to a number of political heads, some government ministries and offices, requesting them to respond to allegations levelled against them or their respective ministries within a specified period. This will enable me and my team to fully understand the cause for the considerable unhappiness from the public towards the implicated ministries,” stressed Geingob. The President explained that this exercise would further provide an opportunity for those accused to defend themselves or to rebut, in cases where allegations are unfounded, thus enabling him to take corrective measures, where need be. Among the ministries accused of corruption, maladministration and/ or incompetency, are the Ministry of Works and Transport; the Office of the Attorney General; the Ministry of Mines and Energy and the Ministry of Health and Social Services, he revealed. Geingob who labelled 2018 as ‘the year of reckoning’, and has cautioned public office bearers to account to the nation, on the realisation of electoral promises and implementation of national development plans. “I am aware that to some reckoning would mean, ‘the heads of big fish must roll’. I wish to highlight that in our efforts to hold public officials accountable, we are at the same time enjoined to follow due and fair processes. “Those who may be found to have breached their public duties, will, therefore, be given a fair opportunity to defend themselves in accordance with the requirements of our constitutional democracy”. Namport acquires cranes worth N0 million COW From page 1 The bulk supply, he says, is unfortunately also facing a shortage as it is just able to provide about 70 to 75 percent of the water. “We are in the process to consider to build an additional plant which is about 50 percent more in the capacity of this one [Goreangab] to make sure we are slightly resilient in times of drought as experienced two years ago. As you know the situation Cape Town is in … we certainly don’t want to be in that situation,” he revealed. Though Cape Town is dealing with the prospect of ‘Day Zero’, the shortage of water that threatens to cripple South Africa’s second-largest city could ravage the rest of the country as well. Restrictions on water use are also in effect in both Durban and Johannesburg, where officials warned Our Contact details and information Product of New Era Publication Corporation (Daniel Tjongarero House) Corner of Dr W Kulz and Kerby Streets Tel: 061 - 208 0800 P/Bag 13364 Windhoek Registered as a newspaper, Certificate No. 06/08/91 EDITOR Chrispin Inambao EDITORIAL Tel: +264 61 - 208 0802 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 recently that usage of water “has increased at an alarming rate.” Levels at dams in both that country’s Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces have reached dangerously low levels. Dams that serve Nelson Mandela Bay, the metropolitan area that includes Port Elizabeth, South Africa’s fifth-largest city, were at 26 percent total combined capacity in the latest tally, roughly half as full as a year ago. The dam that supplies water to much of Durban and its northern suburbs has remained less than 25 percent full for the past year. According to Narib, CoW is currently in the process of designing and hopes to have the planned plant running within the next four to five years from now. In terms of water availability in the city, he noted the country is dry so every drop counts. He explained that Goreangab reclamation water plant is the only EDITORIAL BOARD: Toivo Ndjebela, Chrispin Inambao, Desie Heita, Helvi Shaanika, Kae Matundu-Tjiparuro, Carlos Kambaekwa REGIONAL OFFICES Katima Mulilo Office: Cell: +264 81 156 4114 Rundu Office: Tel: +264 66 - 256 298 Cell +264 81 217 1888 Ongwediva Office: Tel: +264 65 - 238 990 Omuthiya Office: Cell: +264 81 144 0646 Swakopmund Office: Cell: +264 81 217 9739 Cell: +264 81 204 8078 Keetmanshoop Office: Tel: +264 63 - 222 057 Cell: +264 81 312 5975 one that supplies potable water in exception of the other five plants, which produce semi-purified water. He said the city also depends on underground boreholes, during times of drought. Narib maintained the city needs to produce quality water that meets international standards. He said the city has an internationally acclaimed and recognised lab that operates 24 hours round-the-clock checking water at every point produced at the plant. Moreover, he said government is looking at options of a desalination plant from the coast as well as extracting water from the Kavango River to equally supply bulk water to the central areas of Namibia. However, Narib said the desalination plant is a very costly exercise, and will not be realised any time soon hence the need to construct a second reclamation plant. Luderitz Office: Tel/Fax: +264 63 - 204 180/2 Cell: +264 81 245 9714 DISTRIBUTION AND SUBSCRIPTIONS Ernst Apollus Tel: +264 61 - 208 0826 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 MARKETING, SALES AND PRODUCTION Festus Goseb Tel: +264 61 - 208 0822 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 Eveline de Klerk Walvis Bay Namport has acquired four state-of-the-art, ship-to-shore cranes as it continues effort to enhance port efficiency and to meet the demands of container handling once the new container terminal starts operating. The pricey container terminal is currently 76 percent complete.The N0 million cranes will ensure faster offloading of containers from ships and quicker turnaround for ships and this will minimise port congestion. The new additions bring Namport’s cranes to nine. The four cranes, of which one weighs 1.290 metric tonnes, were manufactured in Shanghai, China. They left that port on December 30 and were received on Friday morning at the port of Walvis Bay. Whilst a mobile harbour crane can handle 15 containers per hour on average, the new cranes can load and unload 30 to 40 containers in that same time. They can reach a height of up to 70 metres and WARD From page 1 “They could not be used due to technical issues because they were first designed as delivery rooms and not as operating theatres,” explained Amutenya. The renovations of the theatre rooms commenced last year however could not be completed as scheduled by August, due to varying delays. The renovations cost N million, and the theatre now has two operating tables. Amutenya said the theatre at the maternity ward would reduce the number of people expected to undergo operations as obstetric cases took up most of the space at the main theatre. In addition, Amutenya, said it would also lessen the number at peak load, one crane draws 2.5 megawatts of electricity. The entire port currently draws only 3.5 megawatts. Speaking at the arrival of the cranes on Friday, the CEO of Namport, Bisey Uirab said the port infrastructure has evolved significantly and as a result increasingly larger container ships are docking at the port. Hence, he says, it was important that Namport meets the demand of such container handling by acquiring equipment that is more powerful and faster. “Therefore, ship-to-shore cranes were identified as one of the major components of the New Container Terminal project under the expansion project that is currently being constructed by the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC),” he said. The cranes are currently being offloaded, after which they will be tested and thereafter commissioned. According to Uirab crane operators will be trained accordingly, so that the cranes can be operational by the end of this year. of people on the waiting list as obstetric cases would be handled at the maternity ward as they would no longer be referred to the main theatre. Currently, the main theatre is fully booked until August. Apart from the just renovated theatre, the ministry of health is in the process of improving the facilities at Oshakati Intermediate Hospital, as they are now old. The main theatre and the Intensive Care Unit are also expected to be demolished so that new structures can be put up. “Because of the financial difficulties not everything could go on as planned, we had to prioritise on things that are more patient-related and acutely needed,” said Amutenya.

Monday, February 12 2018 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 Political parties yet to submit nominations for Ncuncuni John Muyamba Rundu The Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) is waiting for political parties to identify and register their nominated candidates to contest the Ncuncuni by-election on March 28 after the councillor position became vacant on January 2. The vacancy arose after the death on January 2 of Swapo politician Rosa Kavara, who was the councillor for Ncuncuni. The planned by-election falls in line with ECN rules that dictate the vacant position should be filled. New Era was informed that Swapo and the opposition Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) and All People’s Party (APP) are to compete for the seat. “Until now they have just collected the nomination forms – PDM collected on Saturday, while Swapo and APP collected forms on the 1st of February. I’m sure starting tomorrow they will come in to register their candidate as the due date will be on Friday,” said Maurus Kamati whom ECN entrusted to spearhead and coordinate the byelection activities for Ncuncuni constituency. Kamati said that by Friday the ECN would know which political parties had registered their respective candidates. “ECN is ready, we are just waiting – if only one party nominates a candidate there won’t be any election as that candidate will automatically be the councillor. But if there are more than one then an election will be held and the voting machines will be delivered to the constituency before the by-election date,” Kamati noted. Swapo Party said it successfully held a conference on Saturday where Ritha Sindjanga emerged as the party’s nominee for the byelection. The other parties were mum on the issue. “Tomorrow (Monday) we are going to register her at Ncuncuni with the ECN,” said the Kavango West Swapo regional coordinator, David Hipulwa Hamutenya. Hamutenya revealed Sindjanga emerged as winner with 26 votes out of 64 in the race with Haingura Felix who got 12 votes, Josef Kandjeke who got 16 votes and Sylvia Siyiwo who got nine votes. “There was only one spoilt ballot,” Hamutenya said. National land conference back on track “I expect that improvement plans will be developed and implemented this year, without delay.” – President Hage Geingob Lahja Nashuuta Windhoek The long-awaited second national land conference that was postponed last year will take place this year and is to be held under the auspices of the Office of the Prime Minister, confirmed President Hage Geingob. The president postponed the conference last year to allow for more public consultations after the various parties involved, among them the Namibian Non-Governmental Organisations Forum and the Swapo Party Youth League had raised concerns about the insufficient time for consultations ahead of the conference. While acknowledging that the economic climate remains a challenge, there are key deliverables that must happen this year and that includes the second national land conference, the president said. Addressing the first Cabinet meeting last Thursday, Geingob urged the line ministries to establish a high-level committee to be chaired by Prime Minister Saara Kuugongwelwa-Amadhila and to comprise of ministerial representation and civil society to ensure inclusivity. Geingob further said the extensive consultations as undertaken last year by the government must be supplemented with inputs from subject matter experts and other important stakeholders who were not included in the initial round of consultations. “It is imperative that the format, objectives and outcomes of the conference be clearly defined from the onset, so as to guide preparations,” he urged. According to information obtained from the Ministry of Land Reform the second land conference is expected to take stock of the achievements made since the first national land conference held in 1991, and to establish what is needed to accelerate and improve the implementation of recommendations made at that time. Apart from that, President Geingob also demanded that parliament enact enabling legislation for state-owned enterprise reform this year. “The line minister must be given the necessary support and power to execute his mandate, through the enactment of the enabling legislation,” Geingob said. He also called for the publication of the findings and recommendations contained in the 2017 Citizen Satisfaction Survey, conducted by the Office of the Prime Minister to measure service delivery standards. “I expect that improvement plans will be developed and implemented this year, without delay,” directed the president further. On the ball… President Hage Geingob NOTICE Take notice that PLAN AFRICA CONSULTING CC, TOWN AND REGIONAL PLANNERS, on behalf of the owner intends applying to the City of Windhoek for the: Reservoir dries up threatening fresh produce hub Lahja Nashuuta Windhoek The future of the Agro Marketing and Trade Agency (AMTA) fresh produce hub in Ongwediva is currently hanging in the balance after horticultural farmers in the vicinity of the Olushandja dam gave up on their irrigation projects due to inadequate water supply from the reservoir. Insufficient water in the 17km long, 2km wide reservoir that was constructed to hold water pumped from the Kunene River and replenished by inflows from rainwater, is being blamed on the Namibian water utility NamWater. According to farmers, NamWater apparently failed to pump more water into the reservoir, forcing many small-scale farmers to give up on their gardens and lay off workers. Paulus Amutenya, the chairperson of the Olushandja Farmers Association, confirmed the dam was indeed the only source of water for about 100 horticultural farmers near the reservoir and that the dwindling water supply has negatively affected irrigation schemes along the dam. “Some farmers have already closed their projects, while some are preparing to wind down operations. Due to the water scarcity Home-grown… Informal traders selling locally produced fresh produce. our crop production has dramatically gone down, which means there aren’t enough products to sell to the market, it is bad,” he said. The water scarcity has not only affected farmers but the burden is also being felt by the buyer of their produce, the AMTA fresh produce hub at Ongwediva, which is a one-stop shop for fresh produce traders and customers. Fresh produce business hub regional manager Jacob Hamutenya told New Era that although the temporary storage facility was supposed to receive all sorts of fresh produce from all over Namibia, with specific focus on the northern, north-eastern and central regions, horticultural farmers along the Olushandja dam were meant to be the main suppliers. “The water shortage in that area has affected our business. In the past we used to get 70 percent of the fresh produce from those farmers and now that the majority have pulled out, we are no longer getting the produce in quantity and some of the produce quality is also not up to standard,” explained Hamutenya. Hamutenya said the fresh produce hub is currently sourcing goods from commercial farmers as well as Sikondo green scheme in Kavango West, and sometimes from South Africa. He was however optimistic that with the prediction of good rainfall this year and efforts being made by NamWater to the refill the dam there might be light at the end of the tunnel as farming activities along the dam might return to normal. • REZONING OF ERF 3242 OTJOMUISE, DENVER STREET FROM ‘RESIDENTIAL’ WITH A DENSITY OF 1:250 TO ‘GENERAL RESIDENTIAL’ WITH A DENSITY OF 1:100 Erf 3242 is 639m² in extent. The proposed zoning will allow the owner to erect 6 dwelling units on the respective erf. Further take notice that the plan of the erf lies for inspection on the town planning notice board in the customer care Centre, Main municipal offices, Rev. Michael Scott Street, Windhoek. Further take notice that any person objecting to the proposed use of the land as set out above may lodge such objection together with the grounds thereof, with the Windhoek Municipality and with Applicant in writing within 14 days of the last publication of this notice (final date for objections 02 March , 2018). Plan Africa Consulting CC Town and Regional Planners P.O.Box 4114 Windhoek Tel: (061) 212096 Fax: 088614626 / (061) 213051

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