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New Era Newspaper Monday February 12, 2018

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4 NEWS Monday, February 12 2018 | NEW ERA Success eludes MoE on its capital projects Albertina Nakale Windhoek The Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina Hanse-Himarwa is worried at the perpetual poor performance of the ministry’s capital projects, which for the second year running now, have recorded very little success. “The progress of implementation of our capital projects remains worrisome while the need for expansion of existing infrastructure and construction of new education physical facilities is on the increase. Collaboration and response with key stakeholders such as the regional councils and the Ministry of Works and Transport remain shaky,” she said during her annual address to ministerial staff members on Friday. Hanse-Himarwa noted it is therefore important for the ministry to streamline its project management mechanisms, and adopt better project management attitudes and practices to turnaround the current performance. She added as the ministry continues to battle with limited financial allocations from treasury, they however, cannot afford to underperform on this aspect. The minister thus strongly urged project managers and heads of divisions and directorates concerned to ensure efficiency and timeliness in the delivery of physical education facilities required to enhance the teaching and learning environment. Hanse-Himarwa emphasised that staff members needed to be mindful of funds available across all functional units and ensure that they plan for activities that fit within their means and at the same time ensure prudence and diligence in the use of what is allocated to each department. “I am mentioning this because I have noticed that in our quarterly review reports for the current year as submitted by the various units, you have cited budgetary constraints as the reasons for underperformance,” she remarked. Further, she said adherence to the administrative directive issued on February 1 by the Prime Minister to cut costs should be ensured at all levels. She also expressed concern with regards to the implementation of the Performance Management System (PMS), in that, the majority of the staff did not sign their performance agreements and those who did, failed to ensure the systematic review of such agreements as required by the PMS framework. The minister therefore directed that for the 2018/19 business year, all staff members -from the executive to operational and support staff- should ensure full compliance to the PMS framework. Moreover, she said many vacancies could not be filled due to non-funding have meant that implementation processes have been slow and may have negatively affected performance. She said it was therefore important that they consider redeployment of staff members based on their comparative and competitive advantages. Hanswe-Himarwa urged managers and supervisors to ensure that negligence and complacency in the execution of assigned tasks and responsibilities, immoral behaviour such as theft, late coming, insubordination, and non-compliance to established work ethics and corporate values, should be corrected and that staff time and efforts are well managed and supported. She cautioned all staff to be vigilant and to report any suspicious actions so as to arrest the trend of ghost workers. Last year, the police carried out an investigation on ghost teachers, and it was successfully conducted in some regions namely, Kavango East and West, and Zambezi. The investigation uncovered damning evidence regarding the embezzlement of state funds by some employees of the ministry. “I must say the release of the reports culminated in heated public debates about the effectiveness of our internal controls. I want to inform you that we have instated the relevant disciplinary measures against such staff members and at the same time opened criminal cases against the alleged offenders. Our investigation has expanded to the remaining regions and it is ongoing,” concluded Hanse-Himarwa. Nuusita Ashipala Ondangwa Photo: Nuusita Ashipala Safety first… Participants at the NAC workshop. NAC holds emergency systems training The Namibia Airports Company (NAC) recently held an Airport Emergency Management System training to allow key stakeholders to plan and respond to acts of unlawful interference. This was done to make compatible all NAC emergency protocols with the regulations of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and International Air Transport Association (IATA). The one-day workshop was attended by stakeholders from across the aviation industry including those delegated by the Namibian police, the Namibian Defence Force and firefighters. Ondangwa Airport manager Erastus Shoombe said the workshop is a fulfilment to set up an Aerodrome Emergency Management System (AEMS) as is required by the Namibian Civil Aviation Regulations (NAMCARs). The AEMS set up directive requires participants allocated duties and responsibilities to be familiar with the system, and to have received training in their respective areas. “NAMCAR’s requires NAC to establish an AEMS designed to minimise the possibility and extent of personal injury and property damage on or in the vicinity of the aerodrome,” elaborated Shoombe. He said the airport will be testing the effectiveness of the AEMS by conducting emergency exercises as stipulated in its AEMS test plan to ensure that it remains effective. The AEMS has been approved by the Executive Director of the Namibian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). Corporate communications officer Nankelo Amupadhi said attacks against the safety and security of the aviation industry can only be effectively addressed if the people responsible for protecting civil aviation against unlawful acts, receive appropriate training to carry out their jobs properly. “It is essential for an organisation to include procedures for determining whether an emergency situation has occurred and at what point an emergency management plan will be activated,” said Amupadhi. Amupadhi further said NCAA and NAC with other stakeholders have a responsibility to ensure that contingency plans are developed for all airports and resources are made available to safeguard civil aviation against unlawful acts. In addition, Amupadhi said the two companies need to work together to ensure that the safety and security measures of the national airports meet international standards and adhere to regulations. The Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) is a State Owned Enterprise established through the Namibia Qualifications Authority Act no. 29 of 1996. The NQA is statutorily mandated to evaluate qualifications and set and administer a National Qualifications Framework (NQF), amongst other objects. The NQA hereby invites suitably qualified candidates to apply for the following positions: • Internal Auditor • Marketing and Communications Practitioner • Supervisor: Property Administration • Manager: Information and Communication Technology • Manager: Human Capital • Manager: Accreditation, Audit and Assessment • Specialist: Standards Setting • Manager: NQFIMS and Data • NQF Registration Officer (x3) • Administration Officer: Accounts Payable • Administrator: Career Advice To apply, please visit: www.namqa.org under vacancies to register yourselves. Then upload the required documents, CV, qualifications and testimonials. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted, and applicants may be subjected to psychometric testing. Only ONLINE applications will be accepted. (No hard copies, emailed or fax copies) Enquiries: Veronica Shilongo: Tel. +264 61 384156 Closing Date: 17 February 2018

Monday, February 12 2018 | NEW ERA NEWS 5 Egyptian doctors arrive on medical mission Lahja Nashuuta Windhoek Sixteen medical doctors from Egypt have arrived in Namibia after they were dispatched by spiritual leaders from the Coptic Medical Association of North America (CMANA). The north American medical charity that has a branch in Egypt sent the doctors to Namibia to provide medical services to underserved communities, as well as to mentor healthcare providers with education, skills and leadership on issues related to healthcare. The Egyptian team, comprising of physicians, dentists , pharmacists, physical therapists, occupational therapists and paramedics, will be in Namibia until February18. They will work in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Services, the Egyptian embassy as well as the Coptic Orthodox Church in Namibia to provide health services at various state hospitals. Father Mark of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Namibia, who spoke on behalf of the mission, confirmed that the team is to attend to the medical needs of Windhoek residents and surrounding areas by providing medical checkups, dental procedures and HIV testing, among other fields of specialisation. “In essence, the CMANA medical team is also expected to impart medical knowledge to local communities,” said Father Mark. He said the mission is a followup to the CMANA courtesy explanatory mission that took place last year whereby the organisation met with the country’s health minister Dr Bernard Haufiku, the health permanent secretary and the heads of hospitals to deliberate on the challenges facing the public health sector. “The team was not just selected randomly but based on the areas of specialisation lacking in Namibia as indicated by the health minister during the organization’s first visit to Namibia,” he said. Father Mark said the health ministry has already prepared for them a list of cases and operations waiting to be done in the main hospitals, namely, Katutura hospital and Windhoek central. While in Namibia, two of the medical experts who are also part of the American Board-Certified Physicians will host a two-day mini congress at the University of Namibia Medical School. A seminar will be held today where Dr Ehab Sorial is expected to deliver a presentation on peripheral vascular disease while on Tuesday Dr Hani Ashamalla will present a lecture on lung cancer. The team will also do charity work at an orphanage as well as hand medical equipment, medical material, medications and donations to the health ministry. Selma Ikela Windhoek urse’s arm broken by cop A Windhoek nurse had her arm broken allegedly by a heavy-handed police officer after she had asked why the police had wrestled and handcuffed her brother for no good reason yesterday morning. The nurse, 29, who prefers anonymity, has subsequently opened a case of assault against the police sergeant, only identified as a certain ‘Sackeus’, who is stationed at the Windhoek Police Station. “He came and slapped me twice and twisted my left arm. I told him. ‘You’re breaking my arm’, and repeated ‘I feel you breaking my arm’, but he continued twisting it. I was not fighting him. Other officers stopped him,” narrated the nurse whose arm has since been plastered. An x-ray later confirmed she has a fracture in her arm and has now been booked off from work until March 28. The incident happened on Sunday morning when some police officers in a police Quantum minibus ordered a taxi to stop in Frans Indongo Street. The nurse and her two brothers were passengers in the taxi, going home after a night out on the town. The nurse said that after the taxi driver had stopped he got out of the vehicle and the police immediately handcuffed and started beating him. “My brother asked the police officers why are they beating a defenceless man (taxi driver),” said the nurse, adding that the officers then turned on her brother who had introduced himself as an officer from the Very Important Persons Protection division (VIPP). “One officer said to my brother, ‘Oh you are VIP? Let us teach him a lesson.’ They (police officers) then turned on my brother. They wrestled him and handcuffed him as well. He did not resist. I asked the police officer if it was wrong of my brother to question them,” said the nurse. The nurse said that a sergeant identified as ‘Sackeus’ then approached and slapped her and twisted her arm. She added that ‘Sackeus’ also assaulted her younger brother who recorded the incident on his cellphone. 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