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6 NEWS Thursday, April 19 2018 | NEW ERA Namibia introduces agricultural vocational training Albertina Nakale Windhoek To address the skills gaps in the agriculture sector, the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry has and Mashare Agricultural Development Institute (MADI) in the Kavango East Region as government training institutions to implement the vocational education training (VET) training programmes in agriculture. This is being done with the support of the Namibia Training Authority (NTA). Vocational Training in Agriculture was previously non-existent in Namibia, and this has contributed to lack of semiskilled workforce in the sector. As such, no accredited vocational training in agriculture existed in the country. The permanent secretary in the agriculture ministry, Percy Misika said education, REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA MINISTRY OF WORKS AND TRANSPORT Tel. +264 (061) 2088725 Private Bag 13341 Fax: +264 (061) 2088736 WINDHOEK, Namibia INVITATIONS FOR NOMINATIONS OF MEMBERS OF THE ENGINEERING COUNCIL OF NAMIBIA, IN TERMS OF THE ENGINEERING PROFESSIONS ACT 18 OF 1986 In terms of Section 3(3) & 3(4) of the Engineering Profession Act 18 of 1986, the Honorable Minister of Works and Transport, Hon. John Mutorwa MP, as the appointing authority, hereby invites nominations from interested persons, institutions and engineering voluntary organizations, to nominate persons who are registered with the Engineering Council of Namibia as Professional Engineers, Incorporated Engineers and Engineering Technicians for consideration for possible appointment as council members or alternative council members of the Engineering Council of Namibia. The objective of the Engineering Profession Act of 1986 is to provide for the establishment of a Council for the Engineering profession in Namibia; for the registration of professional engineers and engineers in training, incorporated engineers and incorporated engineers in training, engineering technicians and engineering technicians in training; and to provide for incidental matters. Candidates may nominate themselves or be nominated by an organization they are member of or by another individual. In cases of nominations by a third-party, candidates must give their written consent for the nominations. The nominated candidates are to submit a one-page motivation as to why they should be considered for appointment to the Council and attach thereto their most recent CV, nominating them. SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS From the Association of Consulting Engineers of Namibia (2) From the Engineering Profession Association of Namibia (2) From the Namibia Society of Engineers (1) Engineer in full time employment in the Public Service of Namibia (1) One person who may or may not be an Engineer who has knowledge and experience of public interest in so for as it is affected by the Architects and Quantity Surveyor’s Professions can best be safeguarded or promoted (1) One person who shall be a professor or lecturer in engineering at a recognized academic institution in Namibia (1) GENERAL Women and previously disadvantaged persons will be given preference for this appointment No remuneration for this service; Period of service is 4 years Nominations in envelopes clearly marked “Nominations of Members of Council: Engineering Council of Namibia” should be submitted no later than 26 th April 2018 at 17:00 to the following address: The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Works and Transport Private Bag 13341 6719 Bell Street, Snyman Circle, Windhoek, Namibia Enquiries: Ms. N. Cloete, 264 61 2088725 Some of the trainees who completed their courses at the two agricultural vocational skills development and technical vocational training are central to agricultural production and rural employment in every country. So far, 11 trainees already received 6-month foundation course in horticulture with particular emphasis on dates, grapes and vegetables production with a rigorous practical training at the Orange River Irrigation Project. The objective of this tailormade course was to equip these young people with knowledge and skills that will enable them to embark upon commercial farming with export-oriented cash crops such as dates and grapes, amongst others. Misika says this training is prerequisite for the participation in the commercial irrigation farming at any irrigation project under the Green Scheme and he thus urged trainees to become competent new irrigation farmers and not job seekers. “I do not expect you to go and look for employment but I look at you as new commercial farmers, prospective employers and young entrepreneurs, who will make their mark in a highly competitive national and international market for crops and horticultural products, thereby contributing to the attainment of food self-security, and improved livelihoods,” he noted. In order to accelerate the growth of agriculture in Namibia, Misika explained the Namibian government recognises the importance of increasing investments in human capital development by capacitating interested Namibians particularly the youth through VET. With 25 percent of the population being youth (15-34 age group) and an unemployment rate of 37.5 percent, Namibia has a large pool of labour force to achieve economic transformation. Misika said the challenge however, is that the youth are unskilled and inexperienced. According to the 2016 national statistics, 20 percent of the total population is employed in agriculture sector. However, only 11.2 percent of the people working in the agriculture sector are skilled meaning, 88.8 percent are unskilled. He revealed the two centres admit young Namibian between the age of 16 to 35 years with minimum agricultural background from across the country. These centres provide agricultural vocational education and training by offering short courses and oneyear training courses by Livestock Husbandry and a Certificate in Horticulture and Crop Husbandry at Level 2 respectively. Councillor gives portion of salary to charity Matheus Hamutenya Keetmanshoop Keetmanshoop Rural Constituency Councillor Elias !Kharuxab has pledged to give N0 from his monthly salary towards the //Kharas Development Trust Fund (KDTH). The councillor made the pledge during a recent council meeting at which he announced he will be giving that amount from his own pocket to the region’s trust fund in an effort to keep funds readily available for the vulnerable people of the region who might be in need. !Kharuxab is also said to have challenged his fellow councillors to come on board and support the trust fund, saying support towards the trust must start at home. He said he was ready to increase the pledged amount if fellow councillors came on board. !Kharuxab said his contribution is a way to help the vulnerable. By pledging the little he could, there will be funds available in the trust fund when those in need came knocking, he reasoned. “This is a trust that is helping the region, especially with small projects, and the entrepreneurs. It also caters for funerals for those that cannot afford, so as a leader of the region, and seeing that the fund is suffering due to lack of funds, I pledged that I will of the region,” he said. He further said that he may continue with supporting the fund even when his term as councillor comes to an end, and he called on his fellow councillors and all people of the region to come on board and make the trust fund a success story. “I expect my fellow councillors to try and do the same - even how small the contribution seems, it can make a difference. So we should also come up with small interventions and contributions to make the trust a success for the future generations,” he said. Oranjemund constituency councillor Lazarus Nangolo commended his fellow councillor for the good gesture, saying donating is always a good thing, although he highlighted that funds donated intended people. “This is a very good idea, as long as it is utilised for the right purpose then it is good. It is a very good the people,” he stated. Chairperson of the //Kharas Regional Council Jan Scholtz also said the councillor’s efforts should be commended and he expects other councillors to follow suit and support the trust fund. “Well he did it voluntarily and I think it’s a good thing, and we must also open our hands and volunteer. I think all councillors will follow suit,” he said. The trust fund is set up to assist entrepreneurs and those seeking to further their education but are unable to do so due to lack of funds. ENVIRONMENTAL SCOPING ASSESSMENT NOTICE TO ALL INTERESTED AND AFFECTED PARTIES Notice is hereby given to all potentially Interested and/or Affected Parties (I&APs) that an application will be made to the Environmental Commissioner in terms of the Environmental Management Act (No. 7 of 2007) and the Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations (GN. No. 30 of 6 February 2012) for the following: Proponent: City of Windhoek Developer: Elisenheim Property Development Company (EPDC) Environmental Assessment Practitioner: Urban Green cc Project Name: Construction of the Nubamis 66kV Overhead Transmission Line Project Background and Description: EPDC intends to construct a 66kV overhead transmission line (7.5km in length) extending from the Lafrenz Substation (situated to the east of to the Lafrenz Industrial Area) to the Nubamis Substation (situated within Elisenheim Proper). The 66kV powerline will serve the future townships of Elisenheim. Project Location: The proposed overhead transmission line will extend from the existing Lafrenz Substations, situated at the Lafrenz Industrial Township, located north of Windhoek, over various privately owned portions of land, northwards towards the Elisenheim Proper Township on which the Nubamis Substation is located. Registration of I&APs and Submission of Comments: In line with the above mentioned legislation, all I&APs are hereby invited to register and submit their comments / concerns / DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION AND SUBMISSION OF COMMENTS IS 15 May 2018. A PUBLIC MEETING WILL BE HELD ON THE 25 TH OF APRIL 2018, AT 18H00, AT THE CHURCH HALL OF THE EROS DUTCH REFORM CHURCH, SITUATED AT THE C/O KUISEB STREET AND REVERENT GENERAL MURTALA MUHAMMED AVENUE, EROS, WINDHOEK Contact: Tel.: 061 - 300 820 / Fax: 061 – 401 294 / email: URBAN GREEN ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS

Thursday, April 19 2018 | NEW ERA 7 Fishing companies leaving Lüderitz en masse for Walvis Tuulikki Abraham Lüderitz Many businesses have disinvested at Lüderitz and migrated to Walvis Bay where the cost of doing business is cheaper, visiting Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Sylvia Makgone was informed. The migration from Lüderitz to Walvis Bay has exacerbated high unemployment at the town as most of these companies did not migrate with their employees at the south coastal town, Makgone was told during a stakeholders meeting here. At the meeting she convened executives and members of the ruling party Swapo, the deputy minister was alerted to the fact the migration of businesses from Lüderitz to Walvis Bay was due to the fact that the latter town had better logistical and other services. At the meeting it was felt that despite the latest setback the retained hope to help turn around the high unemployment facing Lüderitz as it could still create some jobs. They want freezer vessels to come back to Lüderitz as this segment of the sector provided better prospects for job creation. More refrigerated vessels had apparently relocated due to the exorbitant port fees that were being charged at Lüderitz compared to Walvis Bay. Stakeholders also said the min- undertakings when they apply for social programmes as it emerged some of them do this cosmetically. Makgone on her part promised to deliver the concerns raised in the meeting by the various stakeholders to the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Nangolo disagrees with Mushelenga’s Ondonga stance Nuusita Ashipala Ongwediva Designate chief of the Ondonga tribe Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo has hit back at claims that at Oniipa is tantamount to lawlessness and will thus not be recognised by government, as stated Minister of Urban and Rural Development Peya Mushelenga. Nangolo said the initial letter addressed to the minister was mandated by the community, and not his approval. “It has therefore come as a shock to the Ondonga community that the Honourable Minister regards the action of the community as lawlessness,” thundered Nangolo. The dismissed traditional councillors, with the support of the Ministry of Justice which is the custodian of the community courts, relocated the operations of the courts to Oniipa. The Deputy Director of Community Courts in the Ministry of Justice Amalia Nathaniel earlier this year said the ministry had nothing to do with the ongoing She said the ministry is only responsible with ensuring that community’s cases continue to by its leaders. “From our end, they [councillors] are not suspended as justices and assessors of the community court,” said Nathaniel. Nangolo, in a letter dated March 29, refuted claims he was seeking support from the minister He dismissed talks by the minister that the court case challenging the dismissal of the senior councillors by Omukwaniilwa Immanuel Elifas was struck from its court roll on March 19. According to Mushelenga pending the court’s ruling in the application of the dismissed councillors, any action to relocate amounts to lawlessness. “For the record, my letter was not addressed to the Honourable Minister with the view to seek but was intended to communicate the decision of the community as permitted in terms of Sections 3, 4 of the Act,” said Nangolo. to meet with the Honourable Minister to clarify matters and to address the concerns that may exist,” said Nangolo further. relocated to enable the continued ditional authority. Mushelenga’s assertion that the court case challenging the dismissal of the senior councillors by Omukwaniilwa Immanuel Elifas has been struck from the court roll on March 19. According to Nangolo, the ongoing court case should not hinder the operations of the traditional authority. BATTLE OUR BEYOND BORDERS! 2018 CHAN INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY NAMIBIA vs SWAZILAND DATE: THURSDAY, 19 APRIL 2018 VENUE: MANZINI, SWAZILAND GO BRAVE! From left, Lüderitz Deputy Mayor Brigitte Frederick, minister Sylvia Makgone and !Nami#nus Constituency Councillor Jan Scholtz at the meeting. PROUD TO BE THE BEER BEHIND THE BRAVE COME SHOW YOUR SUPPORT ON FACEBOOK.COM/TAFELLAGER WEATHERMEN & CO

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