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New Era Newspaper Monday October 30, 2017

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2 NEWS Monday, October 30 2017 | NEW ERA Product of New Era Tel: +264 61 - 2 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 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 - Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 Tel: +264 61 - Fax: +264 61 - 220 584 Father Musodza appointed St George’s principal Uapi Ngava Windhoek H in Namibia, the Right Reverend Luke Pato, has appointed one of the church’s priests as school principal of St George’s High School in Windhoek. The appointment was announced by Father Frank Yates at holy LANDLESS From page 1 “Did our commissioner receive the court a decision without a court order, is that not violation of our law?” the illegal land occupiers questioned. “We need to see the commissioner and station commander face the law … Our worship the mayor of Katima Mulilo Georgina Mwiya-Simataa and all the councillors, including the CEO on probation of two months, must be charged for not following the constitution in which they took oath, which they have violated,” read the petition. The group further demanded they be compensated with immediate effect for NOTICE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT (EIA) FOR THE PROPOSED MINING ACTIVITIES ON THE SERIES OF MINING CLAIMS 70402-70401 AT SORRIS SORRIS CONSERVANCY KUNENE REGION & INVITATION TO A PUBLIC MEETING EnvironClim Consulting Services (ECS) hereby Project Name: Proponent: Project Location: Public Meeting Date: Venue: Time: Deadline for submission of comments: mass in St George’s Cathedral in Windhoek yesterday. The new principal is Father his appointment a chaplain at the school and assistant priest at St George’s Cathedral. The well-educated “man of the cloth” is a holder of a PhD and LLB degree, in addition to his theological training. all the losses they suffered during the demolition. “Where can we go now in this rainy season? …What can we do? We are sleeping under the trees with our kids, no food, no shelter. The disaster management Because they were told – leave the issue of those people for them,” they charged. “Our humble request to the government is to accelerate compensation.” The group said that should their demands not be met within seven working days they would hold another demonstration. Upon receiving the petition Zambezi Governor Sampofu said he would forward it to central government. He said that issues which can be dealt with at regional level, like the establishment of a reception centre, would “also HOUSES From page 1 The houses were constructed through a smart partnership between the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development, the Walvis Bay Municipality and 42 contractors under the mass urban land servicing project launched in 2015 by the president in Windhoek, Oshakati and Walvis Bay. So far 243 houses were constructed in Walvis Bay of which 169 are already occupied. The construction of another 500 has already started at the town. They are all part of the 900 houses that are to be built on serviced erven in Kuisebmond Extension 5. Funding of land services was done by the ministry while the private sector Archford Musodza He has served the church as priest in his home country, Zimbabwe, the United Kingdom and Botswana to mention but a few countries. File photo of Nawa Charles Nawa in July, 2016, when he resigned from the Katima Mulilo Town Council as be attended to”. Sampofu could not however hide his financed the construction done by local contractors, which started in November last year. The houses range in price from N0,000 for a two-bedroom to N0,000 for a fourroom house. “This is a showcase of Harambee in action. It is pleasing to note that a single intervention or project such as the mass urban land servicing project is able to address several of our developmental objectives. Now Let us join efforts to address national challenges. What we have seen today here in Walvis Bay must happen in all other towns,” said an elated Geingob. Geingob also urged the Shack Dwellers Federation at Walvis Bay to start with the construction of MOTHER KILLS From page 1 Oshana Police regional commander Commissioner the incident. based in Ondangwa, was indeed the prime suspect in the murder of her son. Sources said the boy was often seen playing outside the mother’s shack with other children from the location. He was also seen on Thursday, in the late afternoon. Neighbours had noticed odd behaviour from the mother who started to complain that many things in her house were possessed by demons. She started burning and selling some of her household goods. Little did they know such odd behaviour would lead to the murder of her son. The suspect is a native of Eenhana in Ohangwena Region but was staying in Epya location in Ondangwa. disappointment in seeing Nawa lead the demonstration. “To the former chief regret seeing you on the other side, I thought you will be this side. Because what the town council did you also did when you were the chief executive Sampofu was making reference to the time when the Katima Mulilo Town Council under the leadership of Nawa demolished illegal structures at Makaravani East, where over 1,000 youth Nawa was at loggerheads with the land grabbers. On one occasion he locked himself in outside and threatened to stone him. The police had to be called to escort him to his car. their houses and award them to beneficiaries. The federation received 1,000 plots from the municipality. Geingob explained that the nation is faced with poor sanitation and a lack of proper housing, hence more concerted efforts are required from both the government and the private sector to address these challenges. The Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Sophia Shaningwa, who briefed the president on the construction of the houses, said it is very important that Namibians hold hands and continue looking for ways to deliver affordable housing. “We have delivered on our assignment – we are therefore proud today to hand over the houses to the president to give to the people,” she said.

Monday, October 30 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 Oniipa needs money to compensate farmers Nuusita Ashipala Ongwediva The Oniipa Town Council needs at least N.6 million to compensate communal farmers in the town’s reserves in order to pave the way for development. CEO of Oniipa, Junias Jakob, said communal farmers have been waiting to be compensated for at least six years to free up land for housing development. The CEO’s sentiments were echoed by the town mayor Mannetjies Kambonde who said that Helvy Shaanika Ohangwena Founding president Dr Sam hidden treasure that needs to be explored and has the potential business community and town council work together. Speaking at the opening of the ness Expo 2017, Nujoma said the council is working tirelessly to ensure the socio-economic development of its residents and the region at large are its priority. He said this is in line with the Fifth National Development Plan (NDP5) and Vision 2030 that aim at bringing development at grass-roots level. Nujoma however noted that the council’s effort could only be fruitful if residents, including the business community, team up together the challenges the local Clean-up… More than 200 people took part in the cleaning campaign at Extensions 18 and 19 at Ongwediva and Omatando area in order to curb crime. The area, which was densely populated with trees and shrubs, served as a refuge for criminals who robbed unsuspecting residents with impunity. Photo: Nuusita Ashipala compensation is currently the biggest challenge faced by the council. “We have developers knocking on our doors every day but developers cannot build on land that is not compensated for,” said Kambonde. According to Jakob the council has recently started generating a little revenue from municipal services. In the meantime, Jakob said, the funds to run errands at the town as the subsidy received is only enough to cater for salaries. authority faces. Council is doing its very best, there are challenges that the council can only overcome if the public meet the council halfway to address challenges facing small and medium enterprises in the region,” said Nujoma. He said the council still has a long way to go in generating 100 percent revenue from land sales and municipal services to fully sustain itself. Earlier this year, the CEO told New Era that although the council is struggling to compensate landowners, adequate progress was made during the 2015/16 year. He said 20 landowners were evaluated, but the council only procured N0,000 instead of the N million needed for compensation. develop the town, the Oshikoto The founding president maintained that the SME sector needs cially and by showcasing their products during the trade fair enable sustainability of the expo and contribute to the upliftment of the border town’s revenue. The 2017 expo, the council’s Oniipa Mayor Mannetjies Kambode Regional Council is pushing for the town council to construct a N-million structure while the council had only budgeted for N million. The council has resolved that new designs ranging between N million and N$30 million be drawn only houses 16 staff members, as opposed to the building design priority. We are facing an economic hardship and with the dwindling funding of subsidy from the govern- such magnitude,” said Kambonde. On site… ing president Sam Nujoma touring the expo. 12th, attracted only 154 exhibitors, which is 130 less than the 2016 expo that had 284 exhibitors. Nujoma maintained that if more people take part in the trade fair the town’s economy would improve, which will in turn result in improved and better living conditions of residents. “I am also pleased to note that private and government are also represented at the expo. This helps members of the public to know [more] about the government departments present,” said Nujoma. opened its doors in 2001, with the aim to boost the local economy and give opportunities to people to network. At the time, the trade fair was held merely under trees as there were no modern structures in the area. halls and ablution facilities have since been constructed. Naute Dam grape workers slam ‘useless’ Nafau Matheus Hamutenya Naute Dam Grape workers at Naute Dam say the Namibia Food and Allied Workers Union (Nafau), which is supposed to represent their interests, is incompetent as it has dismally been unable to help workers in their quest for better wages and improved working conditions. The frustrated seasonal grape workers, who work for the Namibia Development Corporation (NDC) Naute Dam irrigation project, said the union has been ineffective in resolving issues, especially those regarding salary increments. ing for the rights of permanent workers, saying the union was able to get an increment for the permanent employees last year, but has not bothered to make an effort to get a salary increment for seasonal workers who earn a mere N,600 inclusive of allowances. “The union is toothless – they do not do anything about our complaints. They just sit back and tell us the company does not have money to increase our salaries,” said an unhappy worker, who preferred anonymity due to fear of victimisation. The workers further said the union’s Keetmanshoop branch is inactive and does not attend to workers’ complaints, adding that the union representatives fail to make the 50km drive to Naute Dam, citing lack of transport, but they say the union always has transport when they want to recruit new members. “I do not know what we are paying for – when you call the union to come and listen to workers’ problems, they say they do not have transport, so we have to pay for their transport, but when they want to come recruit new members they have cars all of a sudden,” said another worker. The workers said they also want an increment, as the issue has been dragging on for over three years now, and that they can no longer survive on the N,600 they currently receive as it is barely enough to buy basic needs. They also questioned how all seasonal workers are paid equally, irrespective of how long they have worked for the company, while some questioned why those that have worked for the company for many years still remain seasonal workers. “My parents came here long ago – I was still in primary school – and now I am also here, but they are still seasonal workers and we are getting the same salary, this is unfair,” said a concerned worker. In response to the workers’ accusations Nafau’s Keetmanshoop branch organiser Rosalia Albert said the union is busy with negotiations with NDC on the increment for seasonal workers. “We gave our proposal to the company in April and we are now waiting for the board of directors to get back to us. We might have a meeting in November to discuss this,” she said. She however rubbished the workers’ claims that the union organisers attend to workers’ grievances at the expense of the workers, saying the union has cars all over the country that can be used to attend to the workers’ problems. “It is not true, they are not telling the truth, but I cannot say much on such issues,” she said.

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