2 NEWS Monday, February 19 2018 | NEW ERA HAUFIKU From page 1 The debate, the health minister said then, should be done in the most non-biased manner. Recently, however, had feedback yet.” Statistics availed by the Ministry of Health and Social Services indicate that 7,333 abortions were recorded in the country last year and out of these, six people died. In 2016, 16 deaths were recorded as a result of illegal abortions, statistics availed by the health ministry indicate. Despite it being a “controversial” topic, there is a need for everybody, especially religious groups, to think about what needs to be done to bring the situation under GERMANY From page 1 cide and they are prepared to extend an apol- softening the blow,” said Ngavirue. They would get Germany to refine their position and be more explicit on acknowledging that they committed genocide. Ngavirue said the sticky part has always reparations, a term which Germany avoids using and rather replaces with “healing the wounds”. “They felt that our demands are too big to chew so we decided that before the next round [seventh round of discussions] takes place, we should get experts from their side and from our side to get onto this particular point.” Our Contact details and information Product of New Era firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Tel: +264 61 - 208 0802 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 for a debate. Despite sexual education and rights being taught in schools, young people still fall pregnant at an alarming rate, noted the health minister. enough to combat unwanted pregnancies,” that a minister of health calls for debate on abortion. In the early 1990s, Dr Libertina Amadhila and Dr Nickey Iyambo, when they were health ministers, both had that discussion, with Amadhila introducing a Draft Abortion and Sterilization Bill for public debate in 1996. The bill was later withdrawn and any plans on the topic shelved. The special envoy also said Germany has to look at the gravity of the situation and the poverty surrounding the affected people before stating that the reparation demand is too high and unrealistic. “They did not only kill people in great numbers, they deprived us of our land, we suffered slave labour, there was an ethnic cleansing effort which led to a great number of our people to be in exile in the diaspora, some want to come back but who is going to pay for that and resettle them?” he said. He added that Germany needs to look at the total picture of the Nama needs to reconstruct their society. The Namibian government will not agree to anything less than what they have demanded from the German government, said Ngavirue. – Nampa Cell: +264 81 156 4114 firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +264 66 - 256 298 Cell +264 81 217 1888 email@example.com Tel: +264 65 - 238 990 firstname.lastname@example.org Cell: +264 81 144 0646 email@example.com Cell: +264 81 217 9739 Cell: +264 81 204 8078 firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +264 63 - 222 057 Cell: +264 81 312 5975 email@example.com VENDORS From page 1 During his formal speech, after having observed the unhygienic state of Havana, Kazapua said that he wonders what type of customers support the vendors in the area, which he said “is dirty”. He said that other contributors to poor hygiene in the informal settlements are people “with cars”, people who come from other locations to dispose of their waste in the riverbeds of Havana. Havana is the informal settlement that has been hit the hardest by the hepatitis E outbreak, with the majority of cases recorded in the area. The other cases were in the informal settlements of Hakahana and Goreangab. Five deaths have been recorded from the outbreak, including one man. Additionally, two stillbirths as a result of hepatitis E were recorded. According to Dr Lilliane Kahuika of the Ministry of Health and Social there are now 746 cases of hepatitis The informal settlements have also seen an outbreak of cholera. The City of Windhoek had earlier deployed 22 health inspectors to the affected areas, to examine whether vendors in informal settlements comply with hygienic standards, RIGHTS From page 1 “I will be inviting all interested Namibians, including those whose rights have rights during the course of this year,” said Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernhardt Esau, on Friday industry. Trade union leaders have however advised the minister that workers in the their employers. distribution of wealth. We demand fair treatment of our members by some employers who mistreat them,” said Sakes Shikongo, a representative of the Namibian Food and Allied Workers Union. “Employees sleep in tiny, overcrowded shacks without electricity and Tel/Fax: +264 63 - 204 180/2 Cell: +264 81 245 9714 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Tel: +264 61 - 208 0826 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Tel: +264 61 - 208 0822 Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 amongst others. that it is understaffed, has limited monitor the hygienic standards of street vendors operating in informal settlements. Health visits are done at least once a month. Kazapua, who spoke sternly against the bad practices of vendors, said the days of informal traders just trading anywhere are numbered as municipal bylaws would be implemented to prevent them from doing so. “We are going to take drastic decisions this time in terms of implementing our municipal bylaws. Even at villages there is order. When someone wants to open a cuca shop from the headman,” said Kazapua. He further stated that the majority of people who open cuca shops (shebeens) in Havana are from af- “Most of our people here are suffering. Shame on you who do not report these illegal activities,” said Kazapua, adding that as a result of the shebeens, people have resorted to illegal connections that put a strain on the municipality. of people into Windhoek. “Now is the time to prevent people coming to Windhoek just for greener pastures,” he stressed, adding that Windhoek cannot be compared to Oshakati or toilets. We need to address this situation as a matter of urgency,” remarked the president of the Namibia Seamen and Allied who doubles as the president of the Trade Union Congress of Namibia. He also suggested that a trust fund. Hango said the then be channelled through ing provision. largest economic sector, while Namibia is ranked among the of the value of production. For 2015/16 Namibia generated N billion in export revenues ever experiencing problems due sector, with over 3,000 people retrenched since last year. Hango suggested that a horse to companies that retrenched employees in an effort to save their jobs. The chairperson of the Confederation of Namibian Fishing Associations, Matti Amukwa, said there should be no delays Delays, he said, slow the work at factories and as such, slow down the economy. Amukwa said the lapse of 107 and this year created uncertainty because companies are not sure to them again. “Now more than future. These concerns and many others clearly demonstrate we Otjiwarongo. The mayor stated that Windhoek is a beautiful city and it is “shameful to us that we lost our cleanliness status because we are dirty”. riorated to a point that waterborne diseases have started to break out, Kazapua said. “It is very disappointing to hear on a daily basis that some toilets are not working or that someone stole parts of the toilets that were set up by the municipality.” “The cleaning up campaign is a step in the right direction towards containing the (hepatitis E) outbreak. The Ministry of Health and Social Services stands in solidarity with the City of Windhoek and other stake- E,” said Dr Kahuika. The health ministry, City of Windhoek employees and other stakeholders also made use of the opportunity to educate vendors about hygiene. vendors practise open defecation at the markets. Governor of the Khomas region, Laura McLeod-Katjirua, also spoke strongly on the importance of cleanliness. “We are going to provide water and sanitation (ablution facilities) but whatever the municipality provides, you should take care of it,” said McLeod-Katjirua. ing right has expired does not imply that they cannot continue try, or that their investments in “Many of the large investors in this sector are in fact operators, processors, suppliers and logistics companies who do not these investors a lot, as they are important to the success of this sector, and the government will continue to promote their businesses.” He added that owners of ex- are legally allowed to apply, alongside other Namibians, for call is made. The evaluation of all applications will be based on provisions in the Marine Resources Act, 2000 and that expired, or expiring right holders, who have invested and complied with law would be more competitive According to Esau, the expi- process that follows allow the all Namibians, and demonstrate that there is a time when all Namibians can apply and compete “As has already been demonstrated in the case of rights that expired in 2017, my ministry is determined to manage this process in a way that protects Namibian jobs and investments rights that expire in 2018 and 2019,” he said. – Additional reporting by Nampa.
Monday, February 19 2018 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 Dentistry graduates in limbo over internship Staff Reporter Windhoek The majority of the 24 dentistry graduates from universities in Russia, Ukraine, China and Belarus are unhappy that they cannot put their skills to good use because not all of them have been accommodated in an Rust to serve 3-year sentence for killing poacher Maria Amakali Windhoek Okahandja farmer Kai Rust who was convicted of culpable homicide in the death of a poacher will serve three years in prison. years’ imprisonment of which part was suspended on condition that he is not convicted of culpable homicide Handing down the sentence in the Windhoek Regional Court on Friday, Magistrate Alexis Diergardt indicated that there was no imminent and a life was lost. Maria Amakali Windhoek The Namibian Police Force (Nampol) issued summonses worth over N.5 million to motorists over the festive season. These included driving without licences or with expired licences, unlicensed motor vehicles, driving without safety belts, overloading, use of cellphones while driving, inconsiderate driving and driving unroadworthy vehicles. According to the just-released Nampol festive season statistics, 9,245 summonses worth N,688,050 were issued during the past festive season, which is a reduction in comparison to the 2016/2017 festive season when 12,636 summonses valued at N,788,356 were issued. internship programme. The graduates can only specialise further and get full-time jobs upon completion of the one-year internship programme. However, the odds have been against them since arriving in Namibia last July. “Upon our arrival in Namibia we approached the Medical and Dental Council of Namibia for internship Kai Rust “We cannot argue that just because there was poaching on the farm, the deceased’s life is less important than any other human being’s,” explained Diergardt, adding that the seriousness of the offence and the degree of negligence outweighed Rust’s personal circumstances. Rust stood trial on a count of murder and three counts of attempted murder for the death of Andreas Ukandanga, 41, and attempting to kill three more people during a shooting on his father’s farm on registration. We were informed that we will have to undergo a pre-internship evaluation but no date was set for us. The only date available was for medical graduates, which we felt was unfair,” one of the students told New Era on Friday. The students said they wrote a letter to the health minister, Dr January 27, 2016. The forensic report indicates that the bullet that hit Ukandanga was a ricocheting shot, which was not directly intended for him. During mitigation, Rust’s defence counsel Jan Wessels argued that Rust was only protecting his farm when the stray dog on his farm. Wessels said that Rust acted on the spur of the moment and made in the court’s view was the wrong decision. “My client was minding his business. The poachers committed an offence when they entered my client’s farm and they knew that what they were doing was illegal,” noted Wes- sentence would be appropriate in Rust’s case. Rust was in custody for 18 months before he was granted bail in the amount of N,000. The state wanted Rust sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment on the grounds that a life was lost. According to the prosecutor Fillemon Nyau, life should be protected by all means. In the prosecution’s view Rust should have let the police deal with the poachers. Nampol issues N million worth of summonses Driver’s licences - N.5 million Licensing of vehicles - N3,250 Safety belts - N2,000 Use of cellphone - N6,000 The statistics indicate that from a total of 3,641 warrants of arrest that were received by Nampol from the courts during the past festive season, only 576 warrants of arrest were executed, which consequently resulted in the arrest of 693 people. Although a reduction was recorded in road accidents and crime-related incidents, 369 people were arrested as a result of driving while under the show that 99.9 percent of those arrested while drunk driving were men with only 0.08% being women. The summonses were issued at 18 country where 213,043 vehicles were stopped for inspection. Nampol’s Inspector-General Lieutenant-General Sebastian Haitota Ndeitunga said “the task of policing is quite challenging, hence the need for concerted efforts involving everyone to do their part to ensure that we live in a safer and secure Namibia”. an audience with him on their woes. They felt it was unfair because they had no idea when they would be evaluated, thereby compromising their preparation. “The Health Professions Council of Namibia was inconsistent with examination dates,” say the graduates. Regardless, all graduates passed the examination. However, despite passing the examination all could not be placed in state health facilities to practise as there was no space for all of the group. As of April, only ten of them will be placed as that is the only number that state facilities can On the lookout… inspecting vehicles at a roadblock. Photo: Emmency Nuukala Nuusita Ashipala Outapi The Deputy Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Ester Anna Nghipondoka has tasked principals and education managers to earnestly interrogate the causes of high English subject failure at schools. Speaking at a principals and inspectors’ meeting in Omusati region on Thursday, Nghipondoka said if nothing is done, Namibian children will continue to suffer. The deputy minister said introspection should include ensuring that learners are taught in English, except in the lower grades where the vernacular is the medium of instruction. In last year’s national examination, 45.6 percent of learners passed English with symbols ranging between A and D while only 12.4 percent in Grade 12 passed English in Omusati region. “Our principals need to facilitate a process of introspection of how English is taught at our schools in order to identify the causes of the high failure rate in English, especially at Grade 12 level,” said Nghipondoka. “Every challenge, including English as a subject, can be addressed if you are strategic and adopt an inquiry stance. For your school to succeed, there has to be a systematic approach to solving issues that are pulling you back. If need be, unpopular decisions have to be made if we are serious about maintaining standards at schools,” Nghipondoka said. English ‘talks’ sparked soon after the Grade 12 results were released with the public calling accommodate for now, explained the graduates. The graduates feel that the dentistry internship programme was established without a solid plan. Amongst others, the students are advocating that a set of examination dates for pre-evaluation be availed on the Health Professions Council’s website and for foreign dentists to train interns because there are not enough Namibian dentists to oversee the dental internship programme. “We just want our voices to be heard because we are being denied opportunities,” say the graduates. Interventions needed to improve English pass rate on tertiary institutions to lower the English symbol required for enrolment. At the time, the Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina Hanse- Himarwa welcomed debates in that regard. Meanwhile, the deputy minister said the scope determining the number of learners at tertiary level should also be broadened beyond the University of Namibia, the University of Science and Technology and the International University of Management. She said although a high number did not qualify to be admitted to the three universities this year, some are enrolled at other accredited institutions in the country. Meanwhile, the meeting resolved to set up a ‘language clinic project’ as an intervention to see how best to improve English results by at least 20 percent at the exit grades. The project will be implemented at schools and those attached to schools will aid in sourcing viable materials and identify best teaching methodologies. The director of education Laban Shapange said the project would not interfere with day-to-day activities as it will be done in the afternoon. At the same time, Nghipondoka also appealed to teachers to ensure that no learner remains in Grade 10 this year, as it will pose unwarranted complications. With the new curriculum expected to be implemented next year, learners failing Grade 10 this will be demoted back to Grade 9. The readmission to Grade 9 will be guided by the current Grade 10 repetition policy.