2 NEWS Thursday, December 14 2017 | NEW ERA HPP From page 1 Additionally, he said, Namibia obtained the maximum score of zero on the ‘abuse’ sub-index of press freedom, which means that no journalist has been harassed in any manner during the review period. Furthermore, Steytler said, apart from subdued economic activity, the underlying fundamentals of the Namibian economy have improved slower rate of increase in overall government debt, narrowing in increase in net international re- of import coverage, compared to the HHP target of three months. “In absolute terms, Namibia’s international reserves exceeded N.5 billion at the end of September 2017, compared to only N.5 billion at the end of 2014,” he said. With regard to poverty eradication, Steytler expressed satisfaction, saying the country continues to make inroads in poverty. He said that according to the latest available national statistics, overall poverty declined to 18 percent in 2015/2016 from 37.7 percent in 2003/2004, while food poverty declined to 5.8 percent from 9.0 percent during the same year. Likewise, he said, the food bank operations in Windhoek continue to positively impact ciaries. As a result of year one lessons learned, he said, the monthly number of registered households showed a steady decline from approximately 18,600 households or 80,000 individuals, to 15,700 households or 69,000 individuals. According to him, the idea has always been that the food cure households in urban and peri-urban areas and that ben- time from food aid, once they no longer meet the minimum income requirement. With respect to housing delivery and housing sanitation, Steytler said that since the launch of HPP, the total number of plots serviced since March 2016 stands at 8,769, of which 2,414 have been serviced through the government-funded mass urban land servicing programme. Another 2,524 plots were serviced through governmentfunded projects, 1,190 by local authorities, 2,003 through public-private partnership (PPP) arrangements and 525 by the Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF), primarily for uniformed personnel. He said the total number of houses constructed stands at 8,100, of which 3,405 have been constructed under the mass housing initiative, with a high subsidy component for occupants; 1,598 have been constructed on a PPP basis with 1,487 by private developers and 223 by the GIPF, primarily for uniformed personnel. The total number of rural toilets constructed stands at 1,850, the construction is very much behind schedule, he added. Furthermore, Steytler said 1,856 bucket toilets countrywide. He said that since the inception of HPP in April last year, 876 new toilets have been constructed to replace bucket toilets. The remaining toilets are to be replaced and are under construction. He said the government’s goal is to have the bucket toilet eliminated by the year, “which is attainable”. Steytler also spoke on achievements in infrastructure development and the country’s international relations and cooperation. NSFAF From page 1 This decision comes a few days after the chairman of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts, Mike Kavekotora, proposed that the custodian ministry takes over the management of NSFAF and places it under a separate management and board, in order not to further disadvantage students. He accused the current board of mismanagement, negligence and corruption. “Comrade President, in your own wisdom, you made it clear that NSFAF will come back as a directorate within the ministry of higher education. We are ready come 2018 – we have everything to and proper transparency,” Kandji-Murangi revealed during a televised event yesterday. DEATH NOTICE nancial assistance by way of loans to needy fulltime Namibian students enrolled at a recognised higher education institution. According to the latest audit report, NSFAF failed to account for more than N.7 billion between 2009 and 2010. When asked what prompted the government to take the latest decision, the minister said that since its establishment, there have been good developments and progress. However, she said, there were also challenges that called for introspection. “As someone who is overseeing NSFAF, there was a need for investigation and introspection, and I believe it came out that it’s better that it reverts back to the ministry,” she noted, without going into detail. Regarding employees’ It is with our deepest sorrow that we inform you on the death of our beloved *23-08-1962 +10-12-2017 He peacefully passed away at home after a long illness. Following his wishes the memorial service will take place in his home town Zagreb in Croatia where his ashes will be rested. He will be sorely missed by his two sons Tin and Filip, Mother, Brother and Ksenija ing critical social and development spending. Strengthening revenue administration, improving budget formulation and expenditure controls, and carefully managing extra-budgetary entities and public enterprises, are critical steps to confate, she said a proper assessment would be done to iron out crucial issues such as salaries, saying once fully integrated back to the ministry, salaries would be similar to those offered to any civil servant. NSFAF is a loan scheme that was designed to replace the public service bursary scheme whose purpose was to train people to work solely in the civil service. Soon after independence, the demand for new recruits in the cantly following the integration of the various ethnic-based administrations. Hence, the public service bursary scheme, that was in place before the student loans scheme, lost its relevance. In the meantime, the demand dents was ever on the increase. Cabinet therefore decided to replace the bursary scheme with NSFAF, which could allow the government to continue addressing the human resources need of the country in general – and beyond the needs and requirements of only the public service. This new scheme, NSFAF, was approved in 1996 and was implemented during January 1997. udent Financial Assistance Fund Act, 2000 (Act No. 26 of 2000) came into being. 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According to the leader of a visiting team of the IMF, which was in the country this week to conclude the IMF’s Article IV mission, Geremia Palomba, declin- - ensure debt sustainability and macroeconomic stability. “Policies need to address the sources of recent deterioration, including public wage costs, and combine expenditure and revenue measures that can support long-term growth, while safeguard- 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 counts and secure a more equitable burden sharing,” said Palomba. “Avoiding risk-taking from off-budget operations is also essential to the credibility of the adjustment. To this end, the mission welcomes the authority’s commitment to undertake additional measures the recent Mid-Year Policy Statement,” added Palomba. The Bank of Namibia’s recently released money and banking statistics for October 2017 attributed the recent rise in Namibia’s foreign reserves mainly to enue sharing formula, which was imple- time in 2004 to calculate revenue shares for member states, has three components, namely customs, excise and development. The customs share is allocated on the basis of each country’s imports. The excise component is allocated on the basis of each country’s share of gross domestic product (GDP). The development component, which is total excise revenue, is distributed according to the inverse of each country’s GDP per capita. The percentage share of revenue shares distributed for tries in 2016/2017 was 20 percent for Botswana, 6 percent for Lesotho, 18 percent for Namibia, 50 percent for South Africa and 7 percent for Swaziland.
Thursday, December 14 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 3 Govt voluntary retirement packages still on the cards Kuzeeko Tjitemisa Windhoek Government is still considering introducing voluntary early retirement packages for civil servants to help keep a lid on the State’s wage bill, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said last week. President Hage Geingob revealed last week that government plans to reduce government’s bloated N.1 billion wage bill by enforcing retirement at the age of 60. Addressing the last Cabinet meeting of the year, Geingob said government is under pressure due to its huge civil service wage bill, which takes up 40 percent of revenues the State receives annually. Responding to questions by New Era, Kuugongelwa- Amadhila said the voluntary early retirement option was one of the long-term measures by government to help arrest the escalating wage bill. Government is now investigating the feasibility of reducing the voluntary retirement age from 55 to 50 years. However, Roland Routh Windhoek The Judicial Service Commission announced yesterday that Namibian President Hage Geingob has appointed Deputy Judge President Hosea Angula the Namibian Supreme Court, with effect January 1 until Judge Angula was appointed as Namibia’s first year when the position became available after amendments to President Petrus Damaseb to the Supreme Court as deputy of the Supreme Court of Justice Freddy Chomba, Lady Justice Yvonne Mokgoro and Justice Theo Frank from Janu- 31. Deputy Judge President Angula, 60, has been practising law for more than 30 years. Court in 1996, he has served in that capacity on several occasions. He studied law at the University of the North in South Africa, where he graduated in Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila. Photo: Nampa she said the mandatory retirement age for civil servants remains 60 years. She said there was an approved action plan for the implementation of the wage bill reduction outlining measures to be taken to realise a decrease in the public sector wage bill. She said the measures are categorised into short, medium and long-term options. The prime minister further said a working committee was established to coordinate the implementation of the agreed measures. Kuugongelwa-Amadhila says a decision will only be taken on the matter when investigations have been concluded and stakeholders consulted. “Whether or not we decide to reduce the early retirement age will depend on the outcome of the investigations,” the PM said. Other measures taken to Angula appointed to Supreme Court in acting capacity Newly appointed… Acting Judge of Appeal at the Namibian Supreme Court and Deputy Judge President of the Namibia High Court Hosea Angula takes his oath during his swearing-in as deputy judge president with Chief Justice Peter Shivute. Photo: Roland Routh Lorentz & Bone in Windhoek after graduating, was admitted as a legal practitioner in 1985, and became a partner in Lorentz & Bone in 1987. until it was dissolved in early 2006 and thereafter became a director in the successor law porated, which now trades as ENSafrica Namibia. Judge Angula previously the High Court of Namibia from 1996 to May 2009. He also served as the chairman of various companies in Namibia, including AngloGold Ashanti Namibia (Proprietary) Limited, Mutual and Federal Namibia, Holcim Namibia, AfriSam Cement Namibia, Rössing Uranium and M-Net Namibia (Pty) Ltd, amongst others. He also served as a non- tual Life Assurance Company (Namibia) Limited and as an director of CIC Holdings Ltd. since 2002 and as a director contain the size of the wage bill include the fast-tracking of the implementation of the Human Capital Management System (HCMS) to improve human resource management and administration through accurate statistical data on all HR activities. Further, the PM said the size of the public service was identi- ers of the wage bill. Therefore, there is a focus on curtailing the creation of additional posts and In cases where there is a need to create a new post, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said ministries and agencies have been directed to make compensatory reductions. In all such cases, the PM added, each permanent secretary is required to make a formal application motivating a business case for any new post(s) and to “No vacancy can be advertised before approval has been secured,” she said, adding that it was important to note that these activities have started during the impact will only be assessed at of Kalahari Holdings (Pty) Ltd, Standard Bank Namibia, Namibian Press Agency (Pty) Ltd, National Housing Enterprise, Oryz Properties Ltd and National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (Pty) Ltd, as well as a trustee of the Desert Stone Fund. He further served as a director of Namibia Post and Telecom Holdings Ltd, Namibia Post Limited, Namibia Water Corporation Limited and Mobile Telecommunica- attorney and holds a B.Proc degree from the University of the North. Acting Judge Mokgoro, African Constitutional Court from 1994 to 2009, is entering her third stint as part of in 2015. Acting Judge Chombo, a Zambian national, is not new to the Namibian Supreme Court, having served in an acting capacity for the last 14-odd years. Justice Frank is entering his second season as an acting He is a senior member of Namibia’s legal fraternity and previously served as acting The commission also announced that President Geingob had re-appointed Judge Petrus Unengu as an acting Court from January 1, 2018 until January 31, 2019. Massive support for Cabinet’s pilchard ban Eveline de Klerk Swakopmund The managing director of the pilchard harvesting and canning Etosha Fishing, Pieter Greef, yesterday told New Era that they will not retrench any of their 720-strong workforce, despite the fact that Cabinet this week announced a ban on catching pilchard until 2020. Government, in an attempt to help save the total allowable catch (TAC) for the species be set at zero metric tonne for the 2018-2020 press conference in Windhoek on Tuesday. Speaking to New Era yesterday from his holiday base in South Africa, Greef said the ban has been long in coming and would help “We knew that this was coming, as we were already informed about the possibility on the marine resources, Bernard Esau,” he said. industry knew about the zero biomass TAC and that it was indeed pointless to allocate any further quotas for pilchards. The industry was allocated 10,000 metric tonnes last year, but could only catch 3,400 metric tonnes of the total allocation. The pilchard industry provided sea- Namibians. “This we fully understand and support the decision taken by our minister and Cabinet. At this stage we will not be retrenching any of our workers, but will be looking at increasing our pilchard imports he was concerned about the future of the pelagic industry. He added that they already signed contracts to can pilchards for South African companies, Glenrick and Lucky Star they will be importing more that 13 tonnes able, Greef said it does not yield notable up and running. In terms of venturing into Greef said it would present a challenge as their vessels are designed to catch pilchards and are currently all deployed in Angola. Chairman of the Namibian Confederation of Namibian Fishing Association Matti Amukwa said the decision to ban pilchard be supportive to the pilchard companies and should be willing to avail horse mackerel pilchard industry, “he said yesterday. Seamen and Allied Workers Union (NA- SAWU) leader Paulus Hango said the union also fully supports the Cabinet decision and the possibility of allocating horse mackerel quotas to the pilchard companies. “We know that the minister was criticised and taken to court in the past when he decreased the horse mackerel quotas of some companies. However, in the current situation we should not be greedy, but should allow them to get a quota although they are not