3 months ago

New Era Newspaper Thursday December 14, 2017

  • Text
  • Namibia
  • Documents
  • Windhoek
  • Mandatory
  • December
  • Valid
  • Namibian
  • Retail
  • Gangster
  • January


6 NEWS Thursday, December 14 2017 | NEW ERA Limping economy no excuse for Oshikoto Obrein Simasiku Omuthiya The Oshikoto Regional Council says the issue of limited resources will not be an excuse for not delivering on its intended capital projects in the region. This was the promise of the odds by successfully completing numerous projects with little funds at its disposal. “We all know the economy is not doing well, but we have learned to work within the ambits of the resources we have. All our plans are based on what is there, and that’s where we start and continue when resources are available until the whole project is done. We do not make empty promises,” vowed Enkali. One of the notable projects, which Enkali pointed to as having been accomplished, is the of roads in Onayena and Oshivelo settlements, completed to the tune of over N.3 million each. “Oshivelo will be prioritised because there is rapid growth in the area, hence the speedy implementation of the capital projects. Our appeal again is for government to avail to us the necessary resources. At Onayena, a further N.2 million will be used to survey and plan Extension 1 for residential and business purposes. We want people to study building as soon as possible,” stated Enkali. He however noted that progress on compensation has been a drawback even though it is provided for, focus will also be shifted to the newly gazetted Onyuulaye settlement, where the council intends to conduct a survey and planning for Extension 1 early next year. the sewerage and reticulation plant at Oniipa for an amount of N defects at a cost of N0,000. Another achievement is the construction of the Nehale Lya staff housing at Omboto,” Enkali highlighted. “The success is due to the political will that prevails in the region councillors and the administration and they (councillors) have been so helpful in attaining all this,” added Enkali. Other projects tackled by the regional council are the micro- for-work projects, as well as the construction of toilets in the rural areas. “About 187 toilets were constructed in the region’s 11 constituencies, at an amount of N.3 million. Some SMEs have ben- through the income-generating ted from N0,000 meant for the rural employment scheme,” he stressed. In addition, Enkali said the council managed to mobilise funds amounting to N3,000 Primary School in the remote area of Engodhi, something he said was never catered for in the budget but it was made possible. Part of the remaining money was used to purchase prepaid electricity, computers and printers for the school. In conclusion, Enkali said other projects would be awarded before that they can utilize what is there, while other proposed ones will be year. “We have submitted all our proposals and are only awaiting approval and budget allocation.” 2017 was a challenge for //Kharas – Basson Matheus Hamutenya Keetmanshoop INVITATION FOR BIDS (IFB) Roads Authority hereby invites competent and registered Namibian companies to submit bids through Open National Bidding (ONB) procedures as outlined below. NO DESCRIPTION PROCUREMENT REFERENCE NUMBER CLOSING DATE 1. Routine Maintenance of Bitumen Roads W/ONB/RA-03/2017 24 January 2018 - Windhoek, Oshakati, Keetmanshoop & W/ONB/RA-02/2017 Otjiwarongo Regions W/ONB/RA-04/2017 W/ONB/RA-05/2017 2. Concrete and steel works- Maintenance W/ONB/RA-07/2017 1 February 2018 of concrete and steel structures in the Otjiwarongo region 3. Litter control – Cleaning of rest places W/ONB/RA-08/2017 23 January 2018 and road reserves - Windhoek, Oshakati, Keetmanshoop & Otjiwarongo Regions 4. Mowing of grass in the Road Reserves - Windhoek, Oshakati & Otjiwarongo Regions W/ONB/RA-09/2017 25 January 2018 Interested eligible bidders may obtain the detailed invitation to bid and bidding requirements on the Roads Authority website on each of the bids. Bids must be delivered to: Roads Authority Head Office, Corner of Mandume Ndemufayo Avenue and David Meroro Road, Windhoek, at/or before the closing date as stipulated above. Electronic bidding will not be permitted. Late bids will be rejected. Bidding documents will be available during office hours from Friday, 15 December 2017, upon payment in cash in favour of the Roads Authority, the amount of Four Hundred Namibian Dollars (N0.00), which is not refundable. Bids will be opened in the presence of bidders at the Roads Authority Head Office (address listed above). ENQUIRIES: Ms. Julinda !Garus-Oas Ms. Daniela Engelbrecht Email: mail: Tel: +264 61 284 7183 Tel: +264 61 284 7128 Roads Authority Head Office, Corner of Mandume Ndemufayo Avenue and David Meroro Road, Windhoek Roads Authority, Private Bag 12030, Ausspannplatz, Windhoek, Namibia, Governor Lucia Basson has //Kharas described this year as challenging, saying development did not take place at a favourable pace. In an interview with New Era, Basson said the year has been very budget cuts by the central government. The region was severely affected in that almost all its capital projects came to a standstill. She said while the budget cuts meant that most capital projects in the region were put on hold, which translated into job losses, many line ministries such as agriculture also did not have funds available to assist farmers, especially those in communal areas, which she said negatively impacted the lives of many people. “This year was very challenging – it was tough especially for us in the region. The budget cuts meant that most of our projects could not be carried out, and some ministries did not even have funds to assist people, and it really affected and touched my people.” She explained that as people who rely on farming, the residents of //Kharas were especially affected by the budget cuts as funds were not always available to assist farmers, especially those in communal areas, who experienced water shortages. Although she acknowledged that development in the region has slowed down, she said there is gradual progress in many government projects, although at a snail’s the region is gradually getting on Tough year…. //Kharas Governor Lucia Basson Photo: Matheus Hamutenya the right track. She further highlighted the slow to the region as a hindrance to regional development, while the high unemployment rate, alcohol and drug abuse, disputes amongst traditional authorities, high Grade 10 dropout rate and the lack of technical skills in the region are also of concern to her. Basson however said despite the challenges, the message to the residents has always been not to depend on the government all the time, but make things happen for themselves, adding that she is glad and has taken note that more people have started doing things on their own and are interested in entrepreneurship. “So although the challenges are there, we are moving on – we told our people that under these circumstances they should try to do something on their own.”

Thursday, December 14 2017 | NEW ERA Judiciary budgetary cuts affects capital projects Maria Amakali Windhoek The financial resources of the Judiciary during the period 2016/17 fell short of the requirements to meet the expenditures related to salaries, payments of utilities and booking of court fees. So much so, that the implementation of capital projects suffered as a result of the said budget cuts. Two capital projects had to be suspended. D u r i n g 2 0 1 6 / 1 7 , N8,883,713 was allocated amount of N8,188,055.23, which constitutes 99.7 percent of the total allocation, was spent on operational expenses. This is according to the judiciary’s 2016/17 annual report. During the mid-term budget review, an amount of N.5 mil- year. However, an amount of N million was reallocated for personnel expenditure, although with such reallocation of funds vacant positions could not be for the personnel expenditure. The report further indicates that the budget cuts had some negative effects on the procurement of goods and services, with furniture and transportation regarded as non-essential budgetary items following the mid-term budget review. Budget allocation for High Court fees stood at N.1 million. However, the High Court went over budget when total expenditure rose to N.5 million for the said year. The lower courts’ total fees expenditure stood at N.1 million, although only N.7 million was allocated for that purpose in the budget. The fees include witness, interpreters, mediation, transcription, messengers and alternative dispute resolution fees. the payment of witness fees to individuals who were subpoenaed to testify in criminal trials constituted a large proportion of the operational expenses of the judiciary. Often, witnesses are compelled to appear in court, but end up not testifying for various reasons, according to the facts contained in the report. When it came to staff training and development, N0 694.72 in tuition fees was spent on the training and development of 432 employees, with a majority component of trainees came from the lower courts and made up 57 percent of trainees. performs a wide range of functions on behalf of the several without the required resources enabling it to do so, it was noted. Some tasks, such as the collection of taxes, processing of marriage cases and administering, issuing and renewing of liquor licenses, have placed an and human resources of the judiciary. NEWS 7 Health service providers urged to register with Staff Reporter Windhoek The Ministry of Finance has called on professional health service providers to start the - The Public Service Employees Medical extended to March 21, 2018 to allow health service providers who did not register with Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Finance Ericah Shafudah urged the affected providers to register on time. to register all health professional service providers at the same time and that their current turnaround time is 21 days. “Health professional service providers are their completed applications to the Ministry of Finance on time to allow for processing and new contract is implemented,” Shafudah said. 15 and re-open on January 8 2018. EIA PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PROCESS Monday, 4 December 2017 Centre Tal Street 07:00-16:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 Paratus Telecom 09:30:15:00 SGA 09:30-15:00 Swakopmund Town (Ferdinand Stich Str 4) 13:00-18:00 ___________________________ BULK LIQUID FUEL HANDLING AND STORAGE FACILITY, TRUCK PORT AND PARKING AND A CONTAINER STORAGE AND HANDLING FACILITY IN GROOTFONTEIN, NAMIBIA Notice is hereby given to all that are interested and affected by the proposed development that an application will be made to the Environmental Commissioner in terms of the Environmental Management Act No.7 of 2007 and its’ EIA Regulations for the following: Tuesday, 5 December 2017 Centre Tal Street 07:00-16:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 Gobabis Town (Ng Church Hall) 13:00-18:00 BDO 09:00-14:30 Walvis Bay Town (Behind Welwitschia Medi-park) 13:00-18:00 ___________________________ Project Name: Project Location: Applicant: EAP: GROOTFONTEIN LOGISTICS PARK Erf. 479 (& other small surrounding erven), Taxi Street, Industrial Area, Grootfontein Grootfontein Container Depot – GCD (Pty) Ltd SED Consultancy Wednesday, 6 December 2017 Centre Tal Street 07:00-16:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 Transworld Cargo (caravan) 13:00-15:00 Bank WHK HQ 09:00-15:00 NIMT Arandis (Building & Trade) 09:00-16:00 ____________________________ Thursday, 7 December 2017 Centre Tal Street 07:00-18:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 Debmarine Namibia 09:00-14:30 Bank WHK Welwitschia Insurance 09:00-15:00 NIMT Arandis (Main Campus) 09:00-16:00 ____________________________ Friday, 8 December 2017 Centre Tal Street 07:00-16:00 United House Centre 08:30-16:00 Hidas Centre (caravan) 09:00-15:00 Shoprite Katutura (in front of Pep Stores) 09:00-14:30 Spar/Wimpy (Swakopmund) 10:00-15:00 ____________________________ The storage and handling of dangerous goods, including petrol, diesel and liquid petroleum gas is a listed activity in terms of the Government Notice No.29 - Gazette No. 4878 and can therefore not be carried out without an Environmental Clearance. As per the provisions of the above mentioned Act and Regulations, all Interested and Affected Parties (I&APs) are herewith invited to register and submit their initial comments, concerns or suggestions on or before 13 December 2017 as part of the public participation process. I&APs are also invited to attend a Public Meeting. The objective of this process is to invite I&APs into the decision making process by allowing I&APs to comment on the initial environmental management proposals from the consultant and to raise issues of concern or any additional suggestions for PUBLIC MEETING Venue: Omulunga Community Hall Date: Monday, 18 December 2017 Time: 18:00 – 20:00 Environmental related enquiries: Olavi Makuti: Tel: 0811405033 or Email: David Uushona: Tel: 0811220814 or Email: Technical & project related enquiries: Cedric Willemse: Tel: 0813337364 or Email: Seal Consulting Engineer – Jan Everson: Tel: 0811284118

New Era

New Era Newspaper Vol 22 No 167